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Would you prefer to buy from newbies or you would always visit regular seller and top sellers?


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I sell on fiverr also and It depends on the project for me. I like giving the newbies a chance because i was once a newbie and i understand the hardship of rising through the levels. If it is something i really want done to perfection then i will pay a TRS or Level 2 seller to guarantee that i get what i need. Newbies deserve a chance if they can deliver what’s shown in portfolio.

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It depends. Some new sellers offer higher quality services because they have the necesary time to do it while some, as newbies, do it whithout the experience of a top rated seller.



Usually top rated sellers ask for a longer period of time for the order to be completed so I would go for the new sellers that have at least one excelent review and contact them before ordering the gig and ask them for a sample or so.

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Reply to @meserj: That’s a really good point about timing. Most of us have a finite amount of time we can spend on our fiverr activities, and when your gig gets more notable, you simply need more time to fulfill the orders. Depending on what kind of service you are looking for, you might well get a great bargain and delivery schedule from a newbie.



Another thing to consider is that newbies are often Hungry for orders. They’ll bend over backwards whereas someone who is established and super busy has to manage a strict workflow to accommodate the volume of orders. Add to that, once a gig becomes popular, or the when dealing with a saturated work schedule, many of us increase our rates. It slows down the orders a bit, but you make more. But a newbie doesn’t yet have to manage this balancing act, so good bargains are even more likely.



Good thread 🙂

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Guest branston_hanks

if we are base fiverr on those who have become top sellers , i think then that registeration should have been shut for newbies, because as a matter of fact we have top sellers alrady who are professionals in every field occupying fiverr network. in realiy it shouldnt be so, until you taste several oranes before you know that an orange can be sour or bitter

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Guest ryan9999

Top sellers were always started as a Newbies. And all of them were not made it to Top sellers. So I suppose you should just communicate with the newbies. And by communication, you easily get the clue…

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@branston_hanks: When time allows, I love to just skim through the various gigs. Sometimes it’s to keep up on new competition, but other times, to see how the fiverr marketplace is maturing.



As such, I follow some newbies success when they just seem to smash all expectations. One example is a young kid name Chris who just ruled the voice over category from almost the very same day he hit the marketplace. He wasn’t featured, but due to the value and his likeability, he just skyrocketed.



So yeah, it’s tough for newbies for sure, but not always. Fiverr didn’t give Chris any breaks when he started and he excelled beyond most anyones expectations, and it’s fun to watch. (Fiverr did end up featuring him as a success story). So even in a saturated category like voiceovers, he was quite successful.



And for me, I was a buyer for about eight months before I started selling. I became a TRS in near record time. If you provide a great product, are customer centric, value minded, act as an advocate for your buyers, and are both creative and tenacious, you can do quite well.

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This is a very interesting topic.



Personally, one of the services I provide is 4,000 YouTube Views. The Top Seller for that who gets 120+ orders a day, only delivers 2k views, and I’m not even sure about the quality of his views as I see a few negative reviews here and there.



And here I am, with no single order on mine even if I offer TWICE the amount of views, and better quality. I guess it’s really all about reputation and reviews. If you have reviews, people will subconsciously order and choose you.

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Before being a fiverr seller, I would have always gone for the gig with the most/best reviews, or perhaps the most reviews with the quickest delivery time I wanted, I think it is human nature.



Now I understand the place a bit more and especially understanding how hard it is to sell in the beginning, I mix it up. I often go for gigs with new sellers just to help them get started, as I remember how hard it was getting those first few sales, but I do have to say that I have been burned by that a few times with bad or non deliveries. I have also been pleasantly surprised too and had some great results.



It is hard for new sellers, when you don’t have any ratings and you need ratings to sell, but there is generally a reason why gigs have lots of good reviews and that is because lots of people have tried them out and loved what they do, so it feels “safer” when making a decision I guess. All of those sellers would have done the hard yards at some stage though, everyone started with zero ratings.

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Reply to @tsweezey: You hit the nail on the head! I am still a newbie (my first sale was 02/27) but since becoming established I have raised my rates since I was “bending over backwards”. Even though I am still new, my niche is small (legal field) and I am quickly becoming one of the most noted sellers in my area. Given this, if I spend hours on a project I will no longer be making $2/hr. (crazy!!) I did the first few orders, but being as 90% of my stuff is custom and has to be water tight (once again, legal docs) I want to be paid fairly. I have let quite a few customers go (nicely of course) because they want a 20 page custom legal contract for $20- yeah, I’m not spending 4 hours and getting paid $4/hr., plus any additional revisions. Nope, not gonna happen anymore. I am still loads cheaper than an attorney and I am fair, but I won’t be taken advantage of. Also, I agree that with higher prices you get fewer orders, but I am ok with that as well since I work full time and I have a family to take care of (as a mom and a wife everyone expects a hot plate and a clean house- Fiverr Order due or not LOL!). While I am grateful for the extra income Fiverr provides, it is a sacrifice for my free time and sleep, so it has to be worth it. (I’m hoping Fiverr will be paying for a new deck on my house!)

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Reply to @sue_mcl: I agree Sue! I never even heard of Fiverr until I registered as a Seller a month ago, but if I had been a Buyer prior to being a Seller I probably would have placed orders with an establish Seller. I realize that I do the same thing on other freelance websites such as Ebay and Amazon- the more reviews the Seller has the more likely I will buy. Fiverr has changed my mindset.

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As a seller, I always appreciate being given a chance.



As a buyer, I’m willing to give almost anyone a chance - to a degree. When I’m looking for a service, I do spend some time reading through descriptions and looking at samples. Then, I send a pm to a few different sellers (of varying levels) to see 1. who responds; 2. who can do what I need done; 3. what the expected timeline is.



I find that the ones who respond to my messages are the higher rated sellers. If they can do the job, I hire them (because they responded!). If they’re too busy, most of them are able to send a referral.



There’s a wide variety of services (and abilities) here on Fiverr; when in doubt, ask for a referral.

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“prefer” is a strong word…I buy from both. My decision making process is usually that they have maybe even just a few orders, but I read the reviews to see what they say, but it also largely based on what the gig is, how they write it up, do they have a well-written profile that talks about who they are and their background/experience related to the gig, etc., etc.



New sellers that don’t really say much, have a fake photo and do not write up a good gig, or don’t have good photo samples of their work, I tend to pass over.



But I don’t go by just ratings or sheer number of sales.

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Guest apexservice

All seller are not same, so may be you could get better service from another seller, so you have to take a chance from new seller

thanks

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Either and neither! Just because someone is well established on fiver doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily produce what you want. In fact they may be so busy that they won’t be able to produce good quality work. At the same time, New a new starter might look at price per hour and not put in the required time/ effort.



On the other side however, someone new like me will put in the extra effort to ensure that they get good ratings and an established seller will be able to pay the bills by putting in more effort.



So the question as a whole is redundant as it depends on the individual seller. so it is always best to contact the seller prior to ordering.

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If I have time I will almost always look for a new or level 1 seller first when considering a gig purchase. I don’t ever order without messaging them, though, even if their description doesn’t say anything about it. I try to keep the question simple so as not to waste their time either. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for me to message a couple of new sellers and not hear back for over a week or never hear back at all.



I will generally be really patient up to 2 or 3 days and sometimes more if they do have active orders in queue. If I don’t hear by before a week passes, though, I typically move on to higher level sellers with very recent good feedback, just because by then I usually don’t have extra time.

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That’s a good question. I’m not sure how to answer this because a new seller would try to make the quality of the order as nice as possible to try to get ratings and sometimes top rated sellers go more for quantity over quality. However Top Rated sellers have more experience and most of the time offer better customer service. So I’m kind of torn on this one. :-?

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Im a newbie seller and a buyer.

From a selling point of view starting out is hard especially when you have alot of experience at your craft, and feel you have alot to offer buyers, and its true you will go above an beyond for the buyer but i would do that for anyone ordering a service from me as i myself would want quality if i was the buyer. i started out buying on fiverr recently and ordered from a top seller, the order had a 14 day delivery time and was still late as their waiting list was nearly 200 and the work was just okay, Im pretty sure there are incredibly talented newbies that would have done a top job with a faster turnaround.

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Guest fixmyprocess

I use Fiverr as a buyer and seller. As a buyer, I will give newbies a chance - but what makes me give you, the newbie, my business depends on a few things:


  • Your gig description: Does it contain poor grammar or lack professional presentation? If so, sorry, pass. Put some effort into your gig description - be clear on what you require from me and what I can expect to receive from you.

  • Do you have at least a few things in your portfolio samples? If yes, great! [Note: Try to avoid clip art from the Internet - I want to see your stuff]


  • Does your profile build credibility? Tell me about your background, skills, etc…
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