You know, I’m all for rating sellers fairly, but it seems there are many buyers who feel that the stars give them all the power over us.
I had a buyer who purchased something on my 15-day turnaround time. When I looked at it, it was for a research article, not a rewrite. I asked just to be sure that this is what he wanted. He said yes. I explained that I do not do research articles for $5. He thinks that just because we worked together previously (mind you for rewrites only), that it’s okay and that because I’m a WOMAN, I should know all about the topic.
At that point, I’m livid and evaluation-be damned, I would have cancelled, but I explained that yes, I know it MAY SEEM like an easy topic, but sometimes everything isn’t so cut and dry and that I wasn’t going to spend my time researching an article for $5. I sent him a custom offer for $10. Still relatively cheap, but hey being the holiday season, I was being nice.
He agreed to it and I recently finished it. As I suspected, I didn’t know as much as I even thought and was glad I did what I did. It was never about the money per say, but my time is important. Researching stuff can take time away from my kid, and I should be compensated accordingly. It’s why I don’t offer a research gig on Fiverr.
What does he do? Rates me a 4.4 - 4 for Service As Described and 4 for Recommend.
In his response, he writes Thank you for your help. I will be back for more.
No dude - from this point on, I won’t accept your orders, evaluation be damned. I wrote him a quick message, saying I appreciated his feedback but felt it was unfair in the Service As Described since I did EXACTLY as I said I would do and he ordered on a rewrite gig when he needed a research article. I then advised him that I didn’t feel we were compatible to work together again. I apologized and said there were many Fiverr sellers that he could choose from for $5.
In my response to the feedback, I wrote:
I appreciate the business but would not like to work with this client again. He ordered on a rewrite gig but needed a research article. He claimed “As A Woman” I should know why about the topic. I offered him an extra to do the research article & he docks me a star for Service as Described.
Do ya’ll think my answer was professional enough? I’d like to hear yall’s views.