This will probably be the most unpopular thread this forum has ever had, but I’d like to pass on some information to all sellers on what MAY be going on at the buyer’s end.
I am quite aware that buyer’s places orders, never fill out the requirements and disappears - sometimes forever. There is a - however - coming . . . however, don’t assume the worst about a client and lump us all into one basket.
It’s not fair for buyers to assume all sellers use stock photos, fake their location, plagiarize gig description and falsely think every seller is a scammer based on one, two or even three experiences. It’s also not fair for sellers to assume all buyers that take a while to respond are out to scam you.
There are several reasons why it may take your buyer an hour or so to fill out the requirement so that you can get started. It does not mean we weren’t prepared. Here is what happens to me at times, when ordering gigs for my business:
I determine what I am going to do and list everything that I need to buy.
I write what needs to be done so I can fill out requirements quickly.
I look in “My Favorite” Folder or “My Seller” List to see if there are sellers who are qualified for the projects I need.
I write down the seller(s) names next to each project - most have more than one qualified seller
I then hunt on the main site for those lacking a seller’s name. I may message them.
Once I have all the sellers lined up, I go to each seller’s gig:
Find the gigs I want and put it in the shopping basket (that little black cart next to your avatar)
Once I have everything I need to buy in the cart from every seller, I open it and place the order - - - one transaction, simple. It saves me time from placing each individual order one at a time with dozens of transactions on my credit card.
Now, I have to fill out each requirement. This takes time to do.
Some requirements are easy to fill out and takes me 15 seconds, others are rather complicated and can take me 5 or even as long as 10 minutes to fill out. If you are the last one on my list - depending on how long that list is, it could very well take me an hour to get to you.
Messaging me three times in less than 30 minutes to remind me to fill out the requirement is about as
annoying at that buyer that messages you every hour for the status of their order.
Give your buyer the benefit of doubt. If they haven’t filled out the requirement in an hour, by all means, message them.
There are reasons behind everything, don’t assume all buyers are cheapskates out to scam you. There could very well be dozens of reasons why a buyer may not immediately fill out the requirements. I do not believe it is unreasonable to ask you be patient and wait an hour or even two - on a three-day project.
Don’t get me wrong, if someone orders a 24-hour gig, they should be immediately giving you requirement in 30 minutes or less. I, on the other hand, have never needed an expedited service, so this was never an issue for me.
What I’m saying is don’t think the worst about your buyer until you get to know them - running a business is hard, all of you know that - every seller here is a business owner.
Every buyer needs to remember, you have other clients that you are working with and needs to chill sometimes.
Every seller needs to remember, I have other sellers and projects I’m working on and respectfully, you need to chill a bit.
//This could go under Rants or Tips. Please feel free to move as you see fit.