Fiverr.com is a website that people can use to buy or sell services for the flat rate of $5. The service categories range from creating videos and graphics to making unique gifts to things that are simply “Fun & Bizarre.”
In order to sell something on Fiverr, you create a “gig,” which is a small service you are willing to perform for One Fiver ($5). Post it on the website. You will be notified when someone orders your service.
48 hours after your work has been successfully delivered, $4 will be deposited into your accounts, $1 taken by Fiverr. Your earnings can be withdrawn to a PayPal account.
To order something from Fiverr, you must pay $5 by PayPal or with a credit card. While your order is in progress, you can track the seller’s work, exchange files, and communicate with them.
You have 48 hours after the delivery of your product or service to ask for changes or corrections from the seller. You can provide feedback on the quality of work of every seller you do business with.
In order to buy or sell with Fiverr, you must be a registered user of their site. Registration is free and open to anyone.
51 ‘Fiverr.com’ Reviews
Shady Business Model & Scam Site
As others have stated, this site is set up in such a way where:
1. The majority of vendors are awful, offshore individuals
2. Feedback cannot be left for failed projects, meaning that you only see positive reviews and no critical feedback of vendors
3. As soon as you pay a vendor, even if the project fails and you get your money back, your funds are 'stuck' in Fiverr with no option per their TOS to pull your money back out.
This isn't right. This site and it's business model is crooked as Ron Jeremy's you-know-what.
To get your money back:
1. Create a new account under a different email address
2. Have your first account hre your second account for exactly the amount of money in your account
3. Play along, wait a few days, deliver some dummy files & deem the project a success
4. Pay your second account
5. Link PayPal to second account
6. Withdraw your money
Fiverr will take about 20% from the payment amount, but consider this what it cost you to learn that this site is a SCAM. Crooked thieves.
Fiverr is a scam
The site search is not accurate and doesn't capture the tags of all the gigs, and they preach about this proudly proving that they are boosting the sellers who they want (their friends) who mostly don't have high quality products to offer especially in the promotion field. And what's proving clearly this too is that they feature their friends sellers gigs, and giving false unprofessional excuses to the real top sellers just for closing their accounts. Fiverr will fail...
It's Not a Scam... BUT
I've been a seller on Fiverr for the past year and my experience has been a bit of a roller coaster. Still, to call Fiverr a scam is completely unfair to me as a seller. I set very clear prices, I communicate with my clients, I deliver quality work and I take pride in what I do.
That being said, Fiverr is a buyer's market, hands down. Yes, there are plenty of sellers with poor quality work, but there are also people like me who have spent real money to produce professional grade work at a fraction of the cost.
I do voice over work from my home studio. I've invested a lot of money in fantastic hardware AND software for the purpose of chasing my dreams. Then along comes Fiverr, lowering the bar in every way possible. Now, buyers think that professional voice-overs should cost 5 bucks an hour. Sellers think that their gaming headsets produce professional grade sound. Truly nobody wins in many ways.
I keep selling on Fiverr because I have an active roster of regular clients of which I've developed fantastic relationships with. I'm not living the dream, but it pays my internet and cell phone bill which is pretty cool.
Bottom line, Fiverr is what it is. Anyone can can sell and many times you get exactly what you pay for. However, please do NOT refer to it as a scam. I work too damn hard. Never have I taken money from a client without fulfilling my obligations. Never has Fiverr taken money from me outside of their 20% fee.
It's not perfect, but it's far from being a scam.
DON'T EXPECT BRILLIANCE
The first advice - KEEP IT SIMPLE. I know people who have had really great experiences on Fiverr but mine was mediocre at best.
I will not name the Fiverr I worked with as this person truly wanted to get better BUT some of the tactics used were less than professional.
Here are some tips to watch out for...
- Make sure you know exactly what you need AND the technical language to get what you need. Most gigs will have extra cost add-ons but are vague in what they entail.
- The videos posted on a Fiverr gig sites as examples of their work are not necessarily done by that person. Make sure you ask if the sample video is theirs.
- The star rating system can be flawed. My Fiverr asked that I rate them before the project was done... they did this by closing out the project and starting a new one when I asked for fixes. This was very unprofessional and I refused to rate them until I had the finished project in hand. I think it's a way to get around the company restrictions and to get more ratings since I was asked again on the second project once it was finished.
- I was also pressured to give 5 stars. Once I rated (at 3 stars) they emailed multiple times to "please change my rating". This is understandable since a bad rating can really hurt their chances of landing a gig... but I'm making you aware that it can happen.
- I was not satisfied with the end product and decided not to use it. You can get a refund (although I'm reading it's quite difficult) if you are not satisfied but because our working relationship was positive I did not want to do this to my Fiverr and chalked it up to the price of doing business... tax write off.
- Prices can change once you agree to your gig. I work in the same industry that I was asking the Fiverr to do work for. My instructions were clear and specific. When questions were asked if they could create an asset that was most important to my project, the Fiverr confirmed that they could do it. Two days into the project, I was told they couldn't do what I had asked for unless I paid over $100 extra... which I now know couldn't be achieved even if I'd paid... which I didn't. What I did do was downsize my request and ask for less than what I thought I had originally paid for.
- On a positive note - The Fiverr I worked with was probably green. They communicated with me extremely well and wanted to make sure I was happy. I provided most of the assets they needed so it was an easier gig than most I would think. I was very easy going with them the entire gig letting them take as much time as needed. They claimed they worked through the night and that they bought new equipment for what I was asking for. I don't know if either of these statements were true but I'll lean towards the positive.
Extra fees keep being added...
Extra services keep being presented in order to get your file (for a logo design) Lost $60 I could have had better odds at the casino! Design was good but they tried to nickel and dime me...
The prices are really cheap but people don't realize you get what you pay for. You can find good quality work and other stuff is just plain garbage but it only cost you $5.00
So folks realize you get what you pay for and shut up about it
Bad customer service and you will be scammed on Fiverr
I got scam by a writer, a designer and supposedly a wordpress guy.
The writer deliver articles she jut copy and paste, I report her to fiverr, oh yes they send my money back TO MY FIVERR ACCOUNT!
I can't withdraw it back to my paypal, horrible customer service!
Then designer create a logo for me that already exist
And I needed help with some stuff with my wordpress website and the guy mess up the all things and half of the job was done because "he didnt know how to do it"
There is other platform was better with a better customer service than fiverr!
STAY AWAY FROM IT
I had some work done on my wp website and the indians jacked it to post all kinds of back end stuff for other companies. I paid 20$ for initial work but it cost me much more to have a local company clean it up and re-secure the site.
Waste of time and money
I was looking for music promotion.
I decided to give it a try given the low costs, but I can't say that you pay for what you get. You get almost nothing and waste a lot of time only.
First seller disappeared after a couple emails back and forth.
I cancelled the order, but you can NOT get your money back if that happens, they stay on your Fiverr "account".
So I searched for another service, which actually delivered the service and it had little to no impact.
5$ wasted, a few hours wasted and many doubts on their policy of keeping the money you put for undelivered services.
Fiverr jerk using dead girl's pic for their own pic
"jennyarts" is using a picture of a murdered young lady from Virginia as their default pic. Way to go scamsite!
People actually do this?
This is crazy to me...that a designer is willing to charge $5 for their services. After the Fiverr fee, paypal fee and taxes on your income...you are working for far below min wage. You are giving all designers a bad name and encouraging bad design to sell to uneducated buyers. I get paid more to pee. >.>
Fiverr Is Wonderful
I have NEVER had a problem with any Fiverr supplier. All have done superior jobs for me and I use Fiverr frequently. Fiverr is one of the best resources on the web.
If you've had problems using Fiverr it's probably because you've not chosen the right supplier for your project.
Definitely a scam
It s a large scale scam, you purchase a gig (service), you never get what you request.
You can cancel, sellers accept but you never receive you money back. What you receive is a credit to use for buying other gigs on fiverr. I tried 4 different sellers and was never able to receive what i paid for. So what's the point? Who takes benefits from this?
Do these sellers even exist as real people selling a digital service? I really doubt it.
Also the reviews can only be fake because i always went with top rated sellers but still couldn't get anything done.
Shame on Fiverr
I was a new seller on Fiverr, and I had a five star rating. Without warning, Fiverr deactivated my account. They said that I was trying to get two reviews for the same gig which was not true. I explained what happened, and I have not received a response from them. Hopefully, I will get the money they owe me for the assignments that I have completed.
Fiverr is not a scam
I worked on Fiverr.com and made some reasonable money.
The only problem that I found was how much some buyers expect for just $5!
Not a scam though. Just play by the rules and don't expect to get rich quick, and you'll'll be fine.
Really Easy To Use
I have loved working part time on Fiverr, but sometimes I get those people who just CANNOT read! It infuriates me when someone orders my gig, demands more than what my gig offers, then leaves a negative review or cancels the order, giving me a bad reputation when all I did was tell them I won't be able to do what they are asking.
Other than that, everything has been great! :) I always make sure to look through reviews and read the full title and description before ordering anything, just to be sure I know what I am buying. No problems there ... I've yet to run into a fraud seller this way!
The $1 commission for ever $5 is a little high but more than fair. Think about it ... Fiverr is giving you an store with no monthly fee or down payment! If you don't sell then you don't have to pay! Perfectly simple and a lot easier than setting up your own website, paying for domain names, certifications, etc, and renting out a spot on a server. Seriously, they even bring traffic through regular and efficient advertising! For a 20% fee that is awesome!
Censorship at work
I ordered a gig from alliemadison12, and she sent an inferior video with the audio and video parts of according to Youtube when I tried to post it. When I asked for her to fix it, she said it was fine "as you can see." I posted a negative review on Fiverr, and they censored it twice even though I told the truth and in proper language, so I am posting my review here. Fiverr has no integrity.
Complete Scammers Stolen My Money
i was the seller on fiverr.com and they blocked my account for no reason i was designing logos on this sites and completed over 29 orders, 6 delivered and 42 in queue pending!
they cancelled all the 42 + 6 delivered orders also disabled my account. I told them clearly that i haven't got paid for the work the copyrights of the work i have done is still mine and no buyer can use it untill i get paid for the work! But they didn't responded!
fiverr tells everyone about their terms but they don't follow it themselves and its piece of crap for users not for fiverr!
They are big scams they said to me i need to wait for 3 months to get paid! so if 3months are not over no buyer can use my logos as they copyrighted!
Fiverr support is even worse and don't provide any support at all.
Stay away from them they are complete scammers. They stole about $320 from me i am thinking of reporting them online for potential fraud and scam
Won't Go Back
as a buyer, I learned how to ask questions first before making a purchase and have found some really good talent. I've made over 100 purchases, most of them satisfactory, some excellent.
BUT when I decided to sign up as an affiliate, thats when the true colors came out: I was surprised I wasn't getting any signups from my promo efforts so I had a couple friends sign up & make a purchase. Hmmm, no credit on my acct. Cust Svc said I used the wrong link. (really?). So then, I sent a direct link to a couple other friends, had them sign up, make purchase - hmmm, no credit for them either.
SUMMARY fiverr is good is you are a buyer, but not if you are an affiliate or a seller. I've decided if they treat sellers & affiliates like that (not paying the money due) then I won't shop there either. So, they got me for $84. But thats stupid business - I've spent much more than that as a buyer....