I’ve always told new buyers to test the seller before forking out a lot of cash.
I don’t believe anyone should work for free and it irks me to read about buyers constantly asking for free samples. Some are legit buyers who got burned once too many times, so I understand their hesitation. Some are just scam artist out for a freebie.
I’ve even had level 2 seller with over 100 reviews and unique portfolio give me some really awful work. I mean it looked nothing like the portfolio.
For you level 2 & TRS (during you slow period, that is if you actually have a slow period), if you had a new client asking you for a $5 or $10 custom offer to do a sample, how do you feel about that?
I do realize some gigs are not possible to do samples. I know some of you are going to say, “Look at my live portfolio.” As I’ve said above, sometimes live portfolios are fake.
Would you be offended and tell the buyer to take a long hike in a dark forest? Would you spend 5, 10 or 15 minutes to do a sample?
I ask, because I was thinking about doing a site suggestion to let sellers have an optional demo gig. The max cost would be low like $10, no reviews are exchanged, and buyer understands no refund.
This would be beneficial for me.