I recently delivered an order that a buyer approved with a five-star rating. It was a $150 order for 15 articles. I worked with this buyer in the past. This was his sixth order. And he always gave me 5-stars in every review.
While reviewing my article on the California wildfire claims, the buyer said that the words “Camp Fire” made little sense. He confused Camp Fire with a campfire. I explained to him that the California wildfire is the Camp Fire. He was so annoyed at me pointing out this fact, that he thought I was pointing to his ignorance and he immediately asked me to cancel the order. I refused. But, he kept insisting and reported to Fiverr customer support and got the order cancelled.
Only later I realized this is his modus operandi. Once this buyer asked me to proofread 45000 words written by another seller. He promptly cancelled that order from the seller after showing her the errors outlined (suggested edits) from the proofreading document I sent him.
So, this buyer did the same with me. I did proofread and even sent him a screenshot of the Grammarly report and Copyscape report. But with the intention of cancelling the order, he got some other Seller to proofread a few articles I had written and based on one or two suggested edits, which always happens when you check with the premium version of Grammarly. Grammarly suggested words such as “obviously”, “personal,” are a tautology. As proof, I even sent him a BBC article, even such a reputed publication, which when checked with Grammarly reported 36 edit suggestions in a short 800-word article.
Now, he will use my articles, all 15 of them, after making a few minor changes and I can’t do anything about it. It’s not just the money, it’s the effort and time wasted and the helplessness as a seller because the customer is always right.
I wish Fiverr supported sellers as much as buyers.
So, sellers beware! There are buyers out there waiting to scam us.