Every now and then I get a buyer who wants to haggle for prices. I had two today. One understood the reason for my charges and accepted the order; the other became hostile and combative about it. I mean really. We worked together once before, and I guess he assumed he should get a buyer discount for being a repeat.
My gig is to rewrite up to 700 words for $15. This buyer’s article was more than 2100 words (14 words over), which would have cost him $60. Given the minute number of words over the line, I gave him a discount of $15 (without saying anything about it).
The next thing I know, he’s giving me crap about the $45. I mean seriously. He only needed 1500 words, and it was just a rewrite so the cost should only be $30. Now again, the article is more than 2100 words and my gig stipulates that all costs are based on the original article word count. UGH!
I explained to him the Fiverr fees as well as other fees associated with rewriting the article. I understand it’s his prerogative not to care about the fees that I incur but I wanted to demonstrate that a rewrite of his magnitude warranted the cost. Basically, he wanted to pay me just $1.15 per 100 words. I refused to do that.
My last response to him before I blocked him and rescinded the offer was:
My cost is laid out specifically in my gig. Your article is 2100 words. Therefore, the cost is $45. My price is firm., as I have other costs besides Fiverr that I incur. Thank you for your time and interest but I feel it is best for us to part ways. My apologies that we could not come to a mutual understanding.
I used the Fiverr report button, and then wrote to Fiverr about this buyer’s attitude and demanding that he have it his way. Dude, I’m not Burger King!
Sorry… just needed a rant before bed! Hope everybody has a great day!