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  1. I already did: … Yes, I have lamented those points in former threads. The problem is, so very many of the gigs are like that. Being that this is a world wide marketplace, I don’t expect every seller to use perfect English grammar. Since I am interested in illustrators, all I really care about is their drawing talent and if we can at least communicate well enough to be understood.
  2. Yeah, that’s what I meant about doing a better job of vetting.
  3. My apologies. I meant seller. I have corrected my word choice in my original comment. Like I said, that’s not Fiverr’s responsibility. You have the ability to research your own choice of seller before you choose to contact or hire them. Consumers do this in the real world, why wouldn’t you be required to do the same as a buyer here on the global freelance market that is Fiverr? Fiverr vets all Pro Sellers, and they review every single gig (mostly to weed out rule- breakers) before they are allowed into the search results. I’m sorry to hear that. Perhaps you are not doing a thorough enough job researching sellers. It’s not hard to find the great sellers, as long as your willing to look beyond the surface. The bad sellers tend to stand out like a sore thumb – i.e., terrible grammar, images stolen from the internet, representing themselves with photos of celebrities and pretty girls (also stolen from the internet), etc. All of these things can be researched on your end. You just have to be willing to do a little leg work. Perhaps you could offer me some tips to better research sellers? In my opinion, I have spent copious amounts of time looking for and contacting the sellers I am interested in, but still found the vast majority lacking. Maybe you can give me examples of what you mean. Thanks.
  4. Thanks, zeus. I made a thread a while back stating that after a long break from fiverr (due to frustration) I had come back several months after messaging a number (dozens) of sellers and found that even after that amount of time had passed, none had ever answered! Lol. It’s the nature of the beast, unfortunately. What I am looking for is an illustrator/s and it is very, very difficult (surprisingly so!) to find one who draws the style you need, ‘gets’ what you want and will actually do the work. I did find a great illustrator once, but unfortunately she did only one picture for me then quit fiverr! She wasn’t even able to finish my project. I have spent hours upon hours looking for and reaching out to illustrators but I have found a number of them are scam artists in one way or another. I even reached out to a seller that had over 400 five star reviews and he never did answer back. I understand that the top people must stay very busy, but it still surprises me that they don’t at least use an auto reply of some sort stating they are booked up. Anyway, I hope you’re business is good. Thanks for responding.
  5. Fiverr is a BIG place. It isn’t Fiverr’s responsibility to ensure that the sellers you choose to work with are awesome sellers. You have the ability to do that on your own. Fiverr is merely a place where any freelancer can host their services. Fiverr does police things, and weeds out those who break the rules, but it isn’t their responsibility to make sure you are happy with the seller you have chosen to contact or hire. “it isn’t their responsibility to make sure you are happy with the buyer you have chosen to contact or hire.” First of all, I’M the buyer. And I didn’t ask them to make me happy, only that they do a better job of vetting. Buyers such as myself find so many shenanigans going on at fiverr, it drives us to other sites.
  6. Possibly, but I think that is unlikely. Why would she only say, ‘hi?’ She could have asked about the gig or indicated she had been too busy to reply before, but was now ready to work. Anyway, it’s just how fiverr is.
  7. So, about 4 months ago I found a seller’s work that I liked and I wrote to her with a question. Forgot about her but finally heard from her today. All “she” said was, ‘hi.’ That was the entirety of her message to me. Lol. I do wish fiverr could vet sellers better. :o/
  8. Excellent, Patrick. I am very pleased to hear that. Thanks for letting me know and I hope you continue to get lots of work. Best of luck to you. 🙂
  9. Hi silberma1976. Thanks for posting. It is actually encouraging to hear that you have worked with some great illustrators. In fact, if you wouldn’t mind, I’d appreciate it if you’d send me a direct message with their names. Even if I don’t use them on my current project, I have a lot of projects to do and it would be great to have the names of some reliable folks. Thanks.
  10. Good luck, Patrick_hu. My best advice is to respond when contacted by a buyer. Even since I wrote this original message a few days ago, I have contacted numerous sellers and gotten no response. I did hear from one woman and then told her I’d like to order, and I haven’t heard back from her! She is effectively turning down paid work. It’s been 3 days and what that signals to me as a buyer is that she is either not interested, or not responsible enough to care to even respond. Even if she wrote to say that she is very busy and can I wait to order until next week, I would be content because at least I’d know she was being responsible and professional. The idea that so many sellers ignore contact from buyers mystifies me. As gina said above, it’s fairly easy for sellers to sign up. But it’s not so easy for them to actually do the work of communicating, apparently. Anyway, good luck to you! I hope you get some business, soon.
  11. Thanks, dan60559. That’s encouraging to hear.
  12. Hi rishidas, I did wonder if the sellers were limited in how many examples they could show. That actually makes no sense to me as it’s hard for a buyer to get a sense of what the seller can do when the selection is so limited. But at least now I understand it’s not their fault. I think it’s smart that you share your instagram because being able to see enough samples can make the difference between buying or not. Thanks for your comment. I hope you’re doing well.
  13. Haha, Thomas. Well, good luck to you in your endeavors. You will probably do well. I hope so. And you made a good point. I didn’t even realize there was such a thing as the sellers forum and it does make sense that the more serious people would post there. Thanks for that tip and good luck.
  14. gina, that is all great advice. Thank you so much for taking the time to post those suggestions. I guess I’ve been a little naive about all of this. I love the idea of a platform like fiverr where people like me can come and find all sorts of help with the projects they need to get done. I just never thought there would be so many flaky or irresponsible people here. Now I know and I will try your approach to narrowing down the field. Cheers.
  15. Hi, I’m back at fiverr as a buyer, after taking a break for a year. I had to take a break because I was so discouraged by my experiences, I couldn’t stand it any more. Logging back in, I was reminded why I left. There are at least a dozen inquiries that I sent and never got a response on. Since logging back in for the first time last night, there are at least another 1.5 dozen that have yet to be answered. Maybe it’s the particular category that I shop in, but there are so many flaky, irresponsible people on fiverr, a serious buyer like myself winds up wasting a lot of time trying to find someone who will get the work done. I know there must be good sellers out there, but it’s like searching for a needle in a haystack. You have to move a ton of hay before you find that needle. I am looking for illustrators. What I often find is that they only have 1-2 illustrations in their portfolio. If I like the style, I may send them a message asking if they do the type of characters I need. Then – I wait. And wait . . . . and wait. As I said, I came back after a year and still had a bunch of unanswered messages. Why sign up as a seller if you’re not even going to deal with buyers? Another thing is that a lot of these people rip off other people’s artwork. I remember reporting to fiverr that there were 5 different sellers using the exact same illustration and claiming it was theirs. I found this type of deception more than once. In fact, it seems to me to be rampant. Sometimes illustrators will say they have illustrated numerous books, but they only have 1 or 2 illustrations in their portfolio, so I’ll write asking for the names of the books so I can look them up. IF I get any answer it all, it’s usually something like, “I like your project. Order me now.” And they of course ignored my request for info on the books they supposedly illustrated. And what is with all the glamour shots? I don’t care what you look like, only if you can draw. As soon as I see a model, I refuse to buy from that seller. It’s so ridiculous. There are two different sellers currently using the same photo of Selena Gomez as their profile picture. I don’t even know how many Angelina Jolie’s I have seen. And even if it’s not someone famous, it’s obvious it’s not YOU! So if you are going to sell, my advice is, be honest. Post your own picture. If you don’t want to do that, post a flower or something, NOT someone else. ANSWER your messages. Charge a fair price AND actually get the work done. It really doesn’t seem like too much to expect. Cheers.
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