I’m starting to completely lose confidence in the legitimacy of most Pro sellers. - Yes, sweeping generalizations and stereotypes are never a good thing. However, Pros and TRS sellers keep appearing on my radar who’s behavior beggars belief.
Lately, I’ve come across what to me is the most grievous confidence undermining Pro I’ve come across so far. They have not copied the gig images of another Pro. However, they have copied the exact style (which is very distinctive) of another Pro seller.
As if that isn’t bad enough, their reviews as a buyer suggest that they are outsourcing a lot of their Pro orders to other Fiverr sellers charging as little as $5 - $10.
I find this more than a little bit disgraceful.
Fine, there is nothing wrong with arbitrage or collaborating with other sellers to an extent. However, if I was a buyer paying $100+ for a service, only to discover it had been outsourced from a vetted Pro to a non-vetted Fiverr seller in a completely different country, I’d be absolutely fuming. - After all, we all know how many things can go wrong with something like a $5 logo. - That’s why supposedly vetted Pro sellers exist!
As well as the above, the Pro seller co-opting another Pros branding and outsourcing their own orders, also mentions their off-Fiverr website in their Fiverr profile. There is no link. However, it is a distinctive brand name mention which makes it easy to look this seller up off-Fiverr. I’d quite like to do this too, but apparently, that’s not allowed for us mere mortal sellers.
Unfairness about showcasing your off-Fiverr brand aside, the personal/company website of this Pro seller is not GDPR compliant. It is based in the EU but doesn’t even follow the most basic GDPR compliancy rules and this odd. - It’s very odd considering they basically offer supposedly professional web-marketing services.
In short, I’m a bit dumbfounded with respect to how some Pros and TRS sellers can pass themselves off as such in the eyes of Fiverr? What vetting process actually took place here? Moreover, shouldn’t there be rules preventing Pros and TRS sellers from outsourcing?
To me, this is a ticking time bomb for Fiverr. Outsourcing to non-Pro sellers with bottom of the barrel prices means that all the problems buyers experience with budget sellers are now (potentially) getting passed on much higher up the foodchain.
How long will it be before a big brand buyer of something like a Pro $100+ logo, finds that they have paid $100+ for an autogenerated or copyright infringing design?
When news starts to spread that some Pro and TRS sellers are simply playing a Russian Roulette game of arbitrage, it’s going to make Fiverr Pro look pretty ridiculous. - Also, since I found out about this specific case on a non-Fiverr freelancer message board, you can argue that this is happening already…