Another good analogy is budget airlines like Ryanair. Yes, you can get flights from the UK to Greece for just £9 (around $14?) one-way. Probably. But not included in that promotional price is the taxes, VAT, choosing your seat, hold baggage, skipping the queue. All of these add up, and of course, the return leg is going to be much more pricey–99% of those flying will want to return sooner or later, after all!
At any price after you’ve added everything you want, you still get: the cattle class experience, no food/drink, cramped chairs, a selection of people who you really would rather not fly with, reduced customer service and flying to an airport that’s nowhere near the destination (another hidden cost!)
You can tell I’m not a Ryanair fan, but I still use them anyway because it gets me from A to B and I can tolerate all of this BS for pennies. I don’t want to pay another £200 with BA so I can get a crappily reheated meal and extra legroom. I can see the benefit, especially for old, cranky people, but it’s not one that sings to me personally.
Now, look at Fiverr. Pick a good seller, and yes, you can get them for $5, but you’re not going to get the full deal. You need gig extras for that. Even with the gig extras, most of the time, you’re getting professional work that would cost hundreds or thousands in the real world at discount prices.
So what goes missing? Let’s see, customer service could be lowered depending on the seller. Free consultation isn’t really built into the pricing. Just little intangible things that won’t really matter if the end product is awesome. I’m sure there’s more, but I’m getting bored of this analogy now and I’ve made my point.
Shop exclusively for the $5 only crowd with max face “value” and ignore extras, and you’re just going to end up with a bucket of crap and burst blood vessels about Fiverr’s scam. But, you know, scammers depend on people’s greed, desire and cheapness to wrangle even the smallest sums of money out of them. If you can’t realize that and get all caught up in a bloody name, of all things, then you’re an open target. Well done, you!
If you can’t see the value of that, OP, then you are someone who knows the price of everything, yet the value of diddly-squat. Ain’t you the King of a tasteful, fake Tudor mansion with a majestic gnome collection?