What an odd title for a write-up, you’d say. But I’d like you to ask yourself this question too: Is anything wrong with Fiverr and the way it handles cases that involve sellers?
Fiverr has provided a platform for many writers, talented individuals and skilled professionals to show-case their skill and talent but can they actually claim to have a perfect system of operation? Has the organization proven, through its current modus-operandi, that they have the capacity to grow and maintain a larger customer base?
I do not intend to use this to paint a bad image of Fiverr; i strongly believe everyone should get better when their weaknesses are brought in to the open. I am sure my friend is not the only seller with the problems i am about to point out.
I was stirred to write this because of a discussion i had with a couple of friends. A friend of mine who is also a seller on Fiverr had a fatal experience with a buyer which i have tried to narrate in few words:
"The buyer offered him a job to write 12 articles in three days (Personally i wouldn’t give you that kind of turn-around time even if you offered me $100). He accepted the offer and as you would have imagined, he failed to present an outstanding job. The buyer accused my friend of forgery and impersonation, he didn’t even give him the opportunity to correct the mistakes on the articles before he started cursing him with words like ‘you piss of shit, f**k you’, ‘they ought to ban you’ etc.
He eventually reported him to Fiverr admin.
Fiverr withdrew the contract from my friend thirty minutes later."
While i was with him, he kept repeating the same words: what is wrong with those people? What the hell is wrong with them? He was really devastated by the experience.
In my opinion, a reasonable buyer ought to know that you can’t write 12 perfect articles in three days, even if you are a wizard, you will still have to correct one or two things after three days of relentless writing.
But we are not all reasonable personalities (no offense intended), we are all business men trying to make a living. In our bid to survive, we can be a bit unreasonable every now and then, so it all boils down to caution.
Are you like my friend? Have you ever been insulted on Fiverr before, your work trashed and you’ve been made to feel like you are useless after spending tons of hours on a write-up of $5?
You are not alone my friend.
As regarding the story i narrated above, it is expected that when a writer writes, he shouldn’t write under duress. I will never accept that kind of contract but the experience i narrated above begs the following questions.
What package does Fiverr have to protect its sellers from scam buyers like this, is there any special protective package for sellers like they have for buyers?
I was surprised to hear that the money was just withdrawn from his account. He couldn’t defend himself, he couldn’t get back his article again, and he was just helpless.
Is there a way my content can be protected if a buyer rejects it, after all i have already sent him something? What if he rejects the write-up, collects his money back from me and later use the content of my rejected write-up, am i protected against such occurrences?
Am i protected against verbal abuse, insults, and exploitation on Fiverr?
Finally, let me sound a special note of warning to all sellers: Fiverr is a profit-making organization concerned with creating a platform for selling your talents but they are keen on the cash. So don’t be surprised that when issues arise, they will defend the buyer, not you.
And besides, buyers bring the money, sellers collect. So they over-protect the buyers forgetting the labour, effort, pain and time you have put into your art.
Watch out for yourself, don’t sell yourself cheap and be wise when dealing with buyers.
Try to prevent helpless situations that will make you say, like my friend said, 'what the hell is wrong with those people?’