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Writer scammed by a buyer!


Hi guys, just wanted to share my experience with a buyer who got away with some free work done :frowning:

I produce articles and written content for my customers, and on this particular instance, I was supposed to summarize a source text in less than 2 pages. The source text was a report, about 40pages long, and I turned it into a solid summary, according to the customerĀ“s guidelines and requests. I delivered the work on time, and as usual, I offered to make any change or modification if there was any problem with my output. He sounded super harsh and wrote:

ā€œI am not in any way happy with this order. You didnā€™t summarize this article. My nephew is 7 years old and I feel that he could have produced a better summary.ā€ Based on your low-level performance I will ask for a refund- requesting cancellation right after.

DonĀ“t get me wrong, I can definitely take criticism and I am very objective about my work, but in this case, things did not add up. I certainly did provide a professional, compelling summary of the article that was absolutely up to specs and well written. In 3 years on fiverr, nobody ever repudiated my work like this,and I am 99% certain that this buyer was just a guy who wanted a free work done.

He basically ordered all the most expensive extras, including extra fast, then simply refused to even give me a chance to fix what he though it was wrong with my piece.

Nonetheless, panicking, I pushed the ā€œagree to cancelā€ button. Right after, I meant to contact the buyer and confront him with my point of viewā€¦but I realized that it was no longer possible to get in touch with him through fiverr in any way. He probably blocked me and got away with some free work. I did consider contacting the CS, but I donĀ“t think thereĀ“s anything they can do.

The truth is that some buyers are getting ā€œsmartā€, and they are trying to leverage on the power of the threat of negative feedback over sellers :frowning:

Sorry for the long rant, just wanted to share my experience. Anybody faced a similar situation? How do you handle ā€œfreeloadersā€?