If a potential buyer seems to be more trouble than they’re worth, they probably are!
Had a buyer get in touch with me yesterday about recording their commercial voice-over. Since this was a custom order request, I asked to see the script - basic stuff, right? You know, so that I can tell them a. how much it costs; b. if I’m willing to do the script at all based on the content, and; c. how long it will take to record.
Queue buyer telling me how he is sick and tired of sellers asking to see scripts beforehand, because they are always trying to rip him off by charging more than the script’s actual price.
I explained politely that I actually just want to let him know if I’d be willing to record the script at all (I don’t record explicit content among a couple other things). I also explained that I am not trying to trick him, the price will be the same as advertised on my gig page.
He said, “I understand. OK, as long as the price will still be $10, I will send you the script.”
Today he sent me the script, which was within the agreed word limit, and I sent him the offer which we had just agreed on 24 hours earlier… $10.
Buyer’s response? “that’s too expensive”.
In other news, the rest of my clients this week have been an absolute joy to work with. All things considered I’m pretty happy with my workload and client base. All the same, trust your gut. If you think a client is going to be trouble to work with, don’t send them an offer. You’re entitled to say no!