This is kind of half-rant, half questioning other sellers.
We work in Voice Over. Pricing, for the most part, is very simple. You input your word-count, you choose any relevant options, you decide how quickly you need the work back, and Fiverr spits out a cost.
Yet every day, we get 2 or 3 requests (I’m almost CERTAIN from sellers who are offering Whiteboard/Animated videos) that go something like the one we literally just received.
“Hey - Got a script of 150 words. How much? Please send a quote.”
Now, our usual response is to answer the question. Which, after almost 3 years of doing so, comes pretty naturally and quickly nowadays. We can chuck over an accurate price without having to think about it. But even so, it still takes a few minutes of our day for us to reply with a price, only to usually never hear from that buyer ever again.
For this particular query, I went back with a polite “Our pricing and availability are clearly shown on our gigs, but let me know if you have any questions that you can’t find the answer to there.” A message that I could very easily save as a ‘stock response’ to such questions.
My question to fellow sellers is this; Am I being unreasonable? Is it only fair to expect this? Or should I expect buyers (who are often also sellers) to do the most basic thing of checking our gigs for our rates BEFORE contacting us? Is it fair to ping back a response like this? Would you do it? Or would you always send a personalised reply, no matter what?
(Note - this is ONLY for those super-simple, blooming obvious requests. Of course, if a buyer has something that isn’t so straight-forward, we welcome their messages and would send a personal reply - and of course this would include things like Broadcast Rights)