I see so many problems with this. The more I think about it, the more I come to the conclusion that Fiverr is attempting to change the very foundation the site was built upon; affordable, simple service.
I love the way Fiverr has built upon this with more advanced pricing, levels, and the opportunity to work on larger projects via Fiverr. It has really made so many talents shine! But now Fiverr is facing a different problem; it’s trying to be two things at once!
It wants to be the same, cheap marketplace full of micro-services done by freelancers, and at the same time, it’s trying to be an agency. In graphics, writing, you name it - Fiverr is trying to grab some market shares from the large agencies that work at a completely different level than us. Big clients, big money.
Now the idea of a freelance marketplace for professionals is not a bad one. Fiverr could definitely grab a chunk of the market with its Pro service. But Fiverr can’t be BOTH a cheap marketplace for freelancers and buyers to communicate micro-services, and an agency for the big buffs - all in the same place.
Let me explain why I feel this is going to be a problem:
The buyers who come to Fiverr today, expect to be met with several micro-services done by freelancers. The price is expected to be accordingly: micro. Of course, many sellers will provide better service at higher rates, but the core idea is that it’s cheap to shop for services on Fiverr. This will confuse the buyers. This has been pointed out by others in this thread as well.
Combining the regular sellers with the Pro sellers will unbalance the dynamic of the site. A 1000 dollar voice-over next to a 5 dollar voice-over. I mean, the two don’t belong in the same marketplace.
You don’t go to Wallmart when you want a shiny new Armani suit. You don’t go to the tailor when you want a generic t-shirt.
- Quality control. Fiverr claims that manual vetting of the sellers will make sure the Gig is professional. But when a seller can simply become a pro by having a big set of social profiles with many followers and a 10k USD price tag on the same service they provide for 20 USD on their normal Gig - what is the purpose, and how will it be a proven fact that this is the fantastic pro quality promised? I mean… An explainer video for 10.000 USD? Not even pro agencies charge that much.
- Un-focused. We’re ending up with a bunch of “normal sellers” mixed up with "Pro sellers. This just might push many of the talented people who didn’t get to be a pro, out of the marketplace. It should not be combined, both for the buyer, seller, and Fiverr sake.
It’s a distinctly different concept, and it’s not what Fiverr was built upon.