Simply stated, Fiverr takes 20% from every dollar you earn. This includes tips because if it didn’t, sellers and buyers could collaborate to cheat Fiverr out of its money. For example, a buyer could request a $100 gig from me and I would charge then $5 and ask for a $95 tip. If tips were not shared with Fiverr, Fiverr would receive $1 for this transaction and I would receive $99! That’s not fair to Fiverr.
For those who doubt people would do that… Yes, they would. It would be a risk to the seller, but after a long relationship with a buyer, these kind of deals seem more than reasonable.
Fiverr deserves its 20% because it provides you a platform to conduct your business via messaging, file transfer, and bringing buyers to you. You don’t have to buy credits to bid on work and you don’t pay a monthly membership fee. You only pay when you make money! If you think it’s unjust, you don’t have to use Fiverr.