A lot has been made of the loss of hard work when a buyer is able to view and download a delivery before approval. There has been an unfortunately high number of buyers who run off with the job executed for them, claim dislike, receive a refund, and make use of the delivered work.
The Graphics category has aimed to fight this a bit through the use of watermarks. It still doesn’t help that there could be chargebacks and/or refunds by CS against the will of the seller and against any better judgment. But it’s a step that I’m certain has reduced the number of delivery thefts in this category (I should add that I have no statistic to back this claim).
A discussion with a friend helped me see that this could also be extended to other categories somehow. The writing category has been one of the worst hit by order thefts. A buyer could simply write CS that they are not satisfied and have their order canceled. They could take your delivery, claim dissatisfaction with the style or what not, eventually get a cancellation and run off with all of the downloaded files. By the time they upload your work to their website, there’s little that can be done to fight back.
Now, let us imagine that a buyer cannot download or copy an article except they have approved it. The idea is that the seller is able to upload the document to Fiverr’s system. The system then converts this file somehow to provide a preview of the article to the buyer. The buyer would be able to read all that has been delivered but would lack the ability to download it or even copy/paste it. If (s)he approves, he clicks his approval and Fiverr releases the funds to the seller. Leaving a rating could be made compulsory upon approval as it currently is or could be made optional. Once the buyer clicks their approval, they no longer have any recourse with CS and cannot claim duress. This way, any disapproval would be sincere and insincere buyers would be unable to get free work.
I know this might seem a tad complicated, but I’ve seen such upload platforms on a few websites (tho I’ve not noticed any in the gig economy). I’ve also visited websites where copy/paste functionality is locked in and impossible. Except the buyer is hell-bent on suffering to get free work - wherein they could go ahead and type out all that you have written, a rather tedious exercise - they would have no choice but to pay for what they receive.
If you have taken the time to read this, please vote your thoughts below:
- This is a lovely idea I would like to see implemented
- Like the idea but it’s impossible to implement
- Like the idea but it has a few rough edges
- Totally not okay with this; It’s crappy at best!
I’d like to hear your opinions below as well. Gracias!