OK so I used to check for copycats like once a week, and then flag their gigs or message them, depending on how smart they handled their theft.
I say “used to” because I don’t do that anymore.
I no longer have the time, nor do I think someone will copy my tags or gig’s description and rise as a major player in my category because of that.
But today I got a really interesting message…
So the guy wants my Pro gig (offering animated explainers), claims he doesn’t know the type of video yet and when asked for a budget, I get a weirdly specific amount and a really extended deadline. Why $32?
It’s like if someone is calculating some sort of fees on top of everything…
And to top that off, when I clearly stated that I can’t lower my price by $3,468, he then countered with a nonsensical let me up my offer x3 but cut down the deadline by a factor of /6.
I then clicked on their profile, and found that they are offering an explainer video service themselves.
And here comes the big twist… That guy… -wait for it- had my gig description copied verbatim, same deal for the entire FAQ , exact same credentials, even the same packages titles…
He was offering explainer videos, posing as me, hoping that he would charge $100 for them, I would make them for $32 and he would laugh all the way to the bank.
Just check out his response when confronted:
“please don’t mind it”
Oh, and before anyone tells me to delete the user’s name, I added that screen name myself and photoshopped the user’s profile image as well, to something more fitting.
Someone copied my entire gig, and hoped they would sell it for $100, I would make it for $32, and they would profit off of me.
3 hours after my flag, the gig is officially gone.
Moral of the story for all you copycats out there: if you want to copy a gig, don’t contact the person you copied from, trying to resell their service. They will catch on pretty quickly.