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The buyer i am talking about is one of my first client i have worked with so at the beginning i used to work really cheap(Almost free) for example:1 card price is $5 i used to do it for $1.50 ~$1.0. Since he was my first clients we had a deal that i will do this job for some fixed amount it was very low for the amount of work but i also didn't wanted to go back on my words. so i kept doing it. Then he asked me to go even lower and i refused because then it was same as doing for free he told me to leave the project with him and said that he had find someone cheaper than me i knew that it was not true because the average price for 1 card is $10 no one would do it for even $4. and he left me and i did not hear anything from him for almost 1 month
Now after almost 1 month he messaged me that for how much i can do this i am very confused because i don't know what to do. Our so called deal was over and the the least i can do is $3 for him as he is my returning buyer but $3 is still less and i am not in profit if i want to make any profit i have to charge him $4.

I don't even know what i am trying to ask here. i am just very confused how to deal with this should i work hard and get nothing in return or charge him make little profit but it will feel weird that the same work that i did for $1 now i am charging him for $4. or should i charge him more than $4 ($10 normal price for 1 card)

Hope to hear from you,
Thank you.

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37 minutes ago, raohamza845 said:

should i work hard and get nothing in return or charge him make little profit but it will feel weird that the same work that i did for $1 now i am charging him for $4. or should i charge him more than $4 ($10 normal price for 1 card)

Or...just block the buyer. 🤷‍♂️

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When you first start on this site, many charge lower than what's fair for the work just to gain some traction and build a reputation. As time progresses and you gain more experience as well as more buyers and reviews it's only natural to start charging more. 

This is sometimes at the inconvenience for those buyers who were with you from the beginning of course. You can give them a lower price as a sort of discount for their loyalty. However. This 'discount' shouldn't cost you more than what it gains you. In your case, you'd be working hard for not much turnaround. 

Respectfully and professionally let this buyer know that you're aware your prices were lower when you first worked with them. You'd love to continue working with them but are unfortunately unable to provide the same price as you did back in the day.

In my opinion, work is work of course but if it doesn't benefit you financially as much and you don't need the reviews just stand your ground. In this case you don't have anything to lose really! 

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You are a business owner; own it.  If you don't want to work with someone, don't work with them.  And no one is going to value your work more than you, so you have to price accordingly.  I'm amazed every day at how people here don't realize they are business owners and treat it as such.  

You have to set your own limits and standards and do not deviate from them for anything other than the best of reasons.  If the standard rate for your niche is $10 then charge $7 to get started and then after about 10 jobs, bump your price up to $10.  But again, you have to understand you are a business owner and no one can make your decisions for you. 

I'm still not quite to level 2 yet and I still turn down probably 20% of the offers I get because it would not be good for my brand or my business to do them. 

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Blocking the buyer is not a professional response... yet.  First tell him that because you have grown your business that you no longer offer services at the former price.  Explain that this is the price at which you now work, and don't feel bad about it.  If he complains, explain that you understand, and wish him good luck in the future.  Why are simple, direct answers not preferred to just blocking?  Twitter manners are not appropriate here unless he gets rude, then yes, block. 

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Thank you everybody i didn't expected this many people to help me on my first problem i am following all of your suggestions and this gave me confidence in how to value my time and effort.
TBH when i started i just wanted order so i was ready to work even for free, but as i am on my way to become Level 2 Seller in just 3 months i have learned how to value myself and my skills. 


Again i really appreciate all of your help.
Thank you

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