I ask quite often, but not to raise my price. If someone walks up to me with a $20 order and has up to a $200 budget, it’s still an $20 order, but it means they’re serious about what they’re buying, and if their needs are ABOVE what they’re asking for, I can make a recommendation to them that may be better suited to what they REALLY NEED rather than boxing them in to the gig as listed. So, for example, if they want book formatting, but they really also need editing because I can spot mistakes all over the place, I can say “I know you asked for a $35 order, but you really can and should also have this edited. Whether you use me or another editor — I hate to tell you this book really needs it!! It will look unprofessional as it stands, and reviews will reflect it.” Or something said nicer, but really pointing out that they need more VALUE since they can afford a higher fee.
If your budget is $20 and you’re asking for a $35 order, I can say “Well, since you can’t do $35, I can take away this feature and still do it within your $20 budget.”
Sure there’s people who lack integrity and will try to take advantage of you. It’s equally rude to NOT share your budget. If someone’s maxing to your budget and you know they’re just fishing for more money, kick them to the curb. Don’t deal with people who have no integrity and aren’t serving you.
A buyer who hides their budget is as bad as those restaurants without prices on the menu with the “If you need to ask, you can’t afford it” attitude. Save me time, tell me your budget, and I can say whether I can work within your budget or not. I can’t tell you how much free advice I have given away only not to close deals because they don’t like my prices (this is without telling me their budget). So this kinda goes both ways. Someone who wants the world for $5 is all too common, and a lot of us sellers are hurting after paying Fiverr fees and falling over ourselves to make sure we get good ratings for what is at the end of the day not $4 after Fiverr fees because at least in the US I also have to pay Income Tax and pay Self-Employment taxes. That $5 you think you’re paying me is more like $2.
You want a full color cookbook design in InDesign with photos, bleeds, color correction, and a complete editing/rewrite/indexing job but you have a $35 budget? Go away. You’re wasting my time. If you have $3500, we can talk, and it’s probably around a $1500 job.
Oh, and another thing — my posted price is all well and good, but someone who loves me getting 500-word article rewrites for $5 for their blog got to like their 15th order and I said look — this should really be $10. I’m hurting here. It’s a loss leader. You know my value, can we please raise the fee? She agreed. So yeah, New Buyer still gets an article for $5, but I’d have to stop working with someone keeping me that busy for something that only buys about 8 ounces of cheese at a discount grocer at the end of the day.
Many of us are giving a tremendous value, and we’re getting peanuts. So don’t quibble over $5, but yeah don’t let someone inflate their price $200 just because you happen to have a budget.