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buyer wants to only make an order once the work is complete?


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1 minute ago, mariashtelle1 said:

Nope. Tell him that on fiverr all work starts only after placing an order. 
That's already kind of a red flag that he is proposing it, but after your message you will be able to see his reaction and if he still insists then most likely he has no intention of paying for your services 

Yea, that was basically my thoughts as well. I told him "Isn't it supposed to go the other way around? You order, I complete the work, and the system then closes the work out for us?" So I guess we shall see. I am hoping it is just some sort of language barrier potentially and I am misunderstanding maybe.

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10 hours ago, mjaninea said:

DON'T.

You have no guarantee that the buyer will pay you. I know it is tempting since you haven't received any order yet, but it is not worth it, you might work hours just to get nothing in the end.

Trust me it was not at all tempting and it was a huge red flag to me lol. They never replied back to me about it when I told them it's supposed to go through fiver and not deliver unless the order is placed through fiverr. Should I report them now? LOL

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As people here have already mentioned, it's simply not worth it. I know it can be tempting since you don't have any orders yet, but that's exactly the reason you have received a request like this. You will probably receive more similar requests until you get the ball rolling, so it's best to implement strict rules right in the beginning.

I would also suggest not offering free samples. In my experience, buyers who ask for a free sample are either trying to scam or will be difficult anyway and not worth the time and effort. People who are serious about ordering, simply place an order or ask you to send them an offer, there's really not much more to it.

I made a post some time ago about this issue, there are some great suggestions from our fellow forum members that you might find useful:

 

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1 hour ago, gajuseidi said:

As people here have already mentioned, it's simply not worth it. I know it can be tempting since you don't have any orders yet, but that's exactly the reason you have received a request like this. You will probably receive more similar requests until you get the ball rolling, so it's best to implement strict rules right in the beginning.

I would also suggest not offering free samples. In my experience, buyers who ask for a free sample are either trying to scam or will be difficult anyway and not worth the time and effort. People who are serious about ordering, simply place an order or ask you to send them an offer, there's really not much more to it.

I made a post some time ago about this issue, there are some great suggestions from our fellow forum members that you might find useful:

 

Thanks for the link! I agree, I never offer free artwork and when I see people request it for any reason (even as you said, for samples or as a 'test' or whatever), it is automatically a huge red flag. I have had, in the past, many cases of buyers trying to literally coerce any way they can to the point of guilt tripping (my favorite being people playing the "This is so and so's [insert family member here] and x has died. you owe them free art because they like your art". And of course, this is always AFTER you tell them you won't give them free art lmao), so I am sadly a little more on guard than perhaps others that have not had to deal with it.

 

I am just wondering at this point if I should be reporting this person who messaged me asking me to go around fiverr's system.

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13 hours ago, sesoru said:

I am just wondering at this point if I should be reporting this person who messaged me asking me to go around fiverr's system.

I'm not sure this request is strictly against the rules, but it's best to just block this buyer and move on.

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Hi, and thanks for your question. I would not pay for a gig before it is ready again. A seller just asked me to pay her 20$ to have her refund me for a work she never delivered. Besides the frustration of not getting something done that was important to me, fiverr just automatically accept her order while i looked away for about 24 hours. There are lots of people pretending to offer work just to get the hands on some cash, I’m sorry for this poor girl somewhere in a poor country, but i did not agree on charity. I totally support payment at the very end!

Best regards

 

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No - that is not a normal way and very risky. How will you do if you complete the work but the buyer didn't want to place the order?

I reject all customers if they are asking something for free - they can be also difficult to deal with and probably easiy bring in disputes, cancellation or negative reviews.

There're more options out there on Fiverr.

 

Good luck!! : -D

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