Instead of getting $25 for a gig, I am getting $20. Is that because PayPal takes a little off the top or is that a standard with Fiverr? That is truly messed up.
No, it’s the 20% fee that you pay on all transactions. Read the TOS, it’s all detailed there. You will find plenty of friends here who agree with you that it is messed up for varying reasons, though! Personally, I think it’s worth it for the marketing done on our behalf, although I do wish it would get scaled a bit after certain thresholds are passed–but that’s nothing more than a pipe dream.