Several new changes to 5r:
I noticed that unless I review an order, it is not considered officially accepted. It sits there for three days, then the system sends me a notice letting me know.
I decided to give a seller the benefit of doubt on an order that was particularly not very good; it wasn’t terrible, stolen or plagiarized. To not ruin his rating, I skipped the public review. Most sellers would prefer no review over a bad review.
I accepted this order several times but because I skipped the review, it wouldn’t close out. Three days later, I got an email from 5r, letting me know the time to accept has expired and they are closing it out for me. They could have done that 3 days earlier and the seller could have gotten paid.
Another change, this one isn’t new but I do have a question on how this looks from the seller’s end. When filling out the requirement, there is a box that has to be ticked:
All information I am providing is correct . . .
If I don’t click that square, the system won’t allow me to go past that page to start the order. I’m just wondering if the buyer skips this agreement, does it still show up as an order on your end? Does it show the buyer has not filled out the requirement, even though it has been filled out, they just didn’t agree to the terms?
I’ve always checked the square, so never a problem, but wondering how it looks from the seller’s end.
The first time I saw the agreement, it was surprising. I already paid, filled out the requirement, but cannot proceed further until I agree. I’m wondering if some buyers get nervous at that disclosure and decide to immediately cancel after placing an order.
As a note, they’re not necessarily scam buyer out to get the seller for freebies. If you ever tried buyer’s request, this is what happens.
I post a request for 1000 word article with $200 budget; 50 - 75% of bidders will bid $200.
I post the same request for 1000 word article with $25 budget; 50 - 75% of bidders will bid $25.
I can look at their gig page and most of them are selling what I need for way, way less, like $20 or $40 but bid $200 - probably because that is my max budget. It’s not that hard, try it for yourself. Post the same request few days apart with different max budget and see what you get.
Some buyers know this and may get nervous, therefore cancel right away. Please remember, there are probably over half a million sellers on this platform - just because you are an honest seller that does not price gouge, doesn’t mean there aren’t some that do.