No offense intended, but your analogy comparing fiverr to a supermarket is absolutely irrelevant and misses the mark completely. You clearly have not experienced what this is like from a sellers point of view who work in businesses that depend on prior discussions and negotiations.
My work as a travel writer and journalist absolutely 100% requires prior discussion before an order is placed. I think that is common sense. Or do you disagree and think I should be able to write about every single place in the world and every single journalistic subject in the world? If so, those expectations are naive and wildly optimistic to say the least, as this is literately impossible lol
I have even put on my profile I do not accept orders without prior discussion first, yet I still get a fair few buyers suddenly ordering things I have no clue about and do not have the knowledge to do:
e.g Reviews of coffee houses in Buenos Aries.
I have never been to Argentina let alone South America and I also make this crystal clear in my profile with a list of places I have traveled too and can write about. How would I write about this? The same goes for my journalism gigs: I am very specific about what I can write about.
Honestly I sometimes think that people that still go ahead and order without prior discussion are rival sellers trying to force negative feedback on me by picking a subject they know I know nothing about and cannot help them with. It would make sense. I have seen it on other market places and it happens more than you’d think.
Unlucky for them I have that disclaimer clearly on my wall that I would hope staff here would accept and back me if there was ever an issue? Can a mod here or member of staff confirm this?
I think saying “it’s important to adapt to how Fiverr works, rather than expecting Fiverr to change to how you’d like it to work” is also quite an arrogant statement to make too. They already take a rather punitive cut of 20%, then Payoneer - which has actually been terrible recently and not even clearing on the day it is supposed to (and when it does it takes days) - takes another cut of your earnings, and the messaging system is frequently poor too: I have lost count of the amount of times I have missed vital messages from clients because the system failed to forward it to my email address. This makes work reliant on mobility (such as travel writing, journalism etc) a real problem at times.
So with all these niggling problems and concessions we give to Fiverr, I think they need to be flexible too and back sellers more and enforce regulations that make trading fairer and securer, rather than a “free for all” environment where there is little protection against the kind of crafty scams I explained above.
Don’t get me wrong; I am eternally grateful for fiverr for giving me an opportunity to pursue my dream of freelance writing, but the original poster has highlighted a real problem that should at least be investigated.
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