Fiverr is a popular marketplace for all sorts of digital services. Whether you need a website, an article, an image or a video, you will be able to find hundreds of people ready to take the job. Besides the traditional stuff, you will be able to find really interesting offers (see a video below for a few examples). Of course, you can provide services yourself, and all it takes to start working on Fiverr is to create a simple profile.
The first time you get to open Fiverr, you will be amazed how many things you can find in the marketplace. We actually liked the user-interface and the entire design of the site but after a dozen of gigs we paid for, the entire image has changed.
Fiverr or Fever?
Instead of a simple job for a fiver, all we got was chills and fever caused by all the scammers and ignorants
Gigs are more expensive than $5
Before you order your first gig, you might still believe that you can actually get things done for just $5. Unfortunately, the truth is different. For starters, every gig that does cost a fiver, isn’t $5 at all. That will stay unclear until the moment you decide to pay for the first service. For each new gig, Fiverr will take an additional dollar; so it’s a sixer, isn’t it? Sure, the guys and girls who work things around marketplace have to make some money, too, but it is still a hard hit once you realize you will have to pay more than the expected.
The second problem that arises is that there are more and more gigs that cost much more than just $5. It’s not unusual to see gigs for $10, $15, and much more. Truth to be told, all the actual $5 gigs are designed in a way to lure you in for more.
For example, a Fiverr user might advertise his services for $5, but they will make you wait for more than a week to complete a half an hour job. Unless you opt in and pay for a quick delivery. But we’ll get to the scammers later on.
Take a look at some of the most ridiculous and strange Fiverr services
Let’s say that you’re ok with the prices. But are you ok with being scammed? Unfortunately, from our experience, 90% of all people we worked with on Fiverr were trying to play tricks on us or just didn’t know what were they doing.
Here’s are some examples:
The stolen articles
For a new project that needed a promo article, we hired a guy with a quite a nice review on his profile page. All those 5-star reviews and sweet words about his work made us think we’re safe. So, we contacted the seller and explained what we wanted. The response was positive, and the seller wanted us to start the gig. We paid for the gig ($6, not a fiver) and waited for the seller to deliver the promo article. After we opened the attached document, we couldn’t believe our eyes.
Instead of writing about the product we described, the seller was writing about another similar product. After a 30 second research on the Internet, we found out that the entire article was stolen from a popular site. Even after linking him the stolen article, the seller kept arguing about it. Oh well, he did change five or six words from the stolen article, in the end.
You think this might be an isolated incident? You’re wrong.
Some of the people on Fiverr try different tactics. After they accept your offer and say they could do the job, you will pay for the gig. Let’s say that you agreed to 3 days delivery. Just before those three days have passed, you will get a notification (and an email) that your order is completed. But after you navigate back to Fiverr, instead of a completed project, you will get a message that your project will be completed soon.
If you have no experience with Fiverr, you should know that you have only three days to request a revision after this point. If you believe what the seller told you and decide to wait for a few more days, you might end up without the service you paid for. Sure, you can dispute things later, and you will get your money back, but do you really want to lose time just to end up with $5 refunded to your Fiverr profile which you have to relocate to another gig?
The sellers just don’t listen (read)
Let’s say that you were lucky with your first gig. You decided to pay; you told the seller what you wanted, and you got the project completed before the deadline. Finally, you’re ready to review their work and use it wherever you needed it. But after a few seconds, a disappointment awaits. An article, image or video isn’t what you wanted! Yes, that’s a quite common problem on Fiverr because most of the sellers won’t listen to you in the first place – they will take any gig just to pick up the money.
Even if you strictly ask them not to write about bananas, for example, somehow they find a way to transform the entire article into a story about bananas. Sometimes we got the impression that the sellers really had no clue what they were doing.
Lost time on modifications
Since you are paying for a specific gig, you expect that you get the job done and save yourself time. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case in our experience. Most of the times projects we received as finished ones were not even near the completion. When it comes to written material, the sellers were careless and unsystematic. There have been spelling and grammar errors to be found everywhere, so we lost a quite amount of time on fixing their mistakes.
If you add up all the time you lost in communication, requesting revisions, payment, and modifications, you will realize that you have done nothing more than losing time (and money).
Are there alternatives?
Luckily, if you didn’t quite like Fiverr, there are alternative marketplaces where you might find someone ready to do a gig for you. We won’t discuss these markets since we haven’t had much experience using their service. Instead, we would just like to let you know that there are other marketplaces for digital services like:
- Microworkers, and much more
Our colleagues at Gigs That Work have created a very nice list of Fiverr alternatives for 2016 so make sure you check it out.
If you are thinking about paying someone to do a gig for you on Fiverr, think twice and be ready to ask for a refund.
In the end, we must accentuate that everything described here was merely our experience. Even though we’re not satisfied with Fiverr at all, there have been several gigs where the sellers knew what they were doing, delivered the project on time and were nice all the time. Unfortunately, those were left in the shadow of all the other bad ones.
Have you ever used Fiverr? What are your experiences?