Spotted this today on the BBC website - thought it was interesting.
From a personal point of view, I check all images before I deal with a seller. If they’ve got a stock or celebrity image I’m afraid I won’t deal with them.
How much credence can you give to somebody whose photo can be found supposedly running a landscaping company, working for a university and being one of the beautiful people on IG all at the one time, as well as having the skills needed to run a successful business on Fiverr?
Users who have celebrity photos, or images of completely different people who’ve got nothing to do with Fiverr? Illegal and immoral, and to be honest I hope they get sued.
If, like me, you’re either plug ugly or would like to retain your privacy, just use a cartoon, logo etc.
Added - having read some of the interesting replies to my post (thank you!) I can actually now understand why some people are in fact using stock photos etc. for their profile image. I had made the mistake of thinking that what you looked like, or claimed to look like, wouldn’t actually affect how you were perceived as a seller. It seems I was way wrong - my apologies!
I’m not sure I understand why to be honest - I make much larger purchases online without having a clue what the seller looks like, or whether they look trustworthy or not. I don’t pick my checkout operator at the supermarket based on the size of their smile.
My reasoning? As a buyer I’m not actually paying my money to an individual seller - I’m paying it to Fiverr who then pays the money to the individual seller. I’m far more interested in the reputation of the website I’m using as a whole, rather than the seller I’m dealing with, as it’s Fiverr who’ll give me my money back if anything goes wrong, not the seller.
Thanks again for all your replies folks!