5 Reasons Fiverr Sucks for Sellers

Posted on February 11, 2011

Following our popular post on why eBay sucks for sellers, I decided to write a similar post on Fiverr. Fiverr is a website that allows people to post “gigs,” or services they are willing to complete for $5. The concept is simple but, in my opinion, still has many flaws.

High Commission

Fiverr’s revenue comes from commissions, but taking 20% right off the bat is unfair. Fourer would be a more accurate name for the website. After Fiverr has taken a piece of your earnings, PayPal takes one as well. If you were to cash out every time you received $4, you would be charged 2%, or $0.08 by PayPal. Bear in mind you can only withdraw after a “safety clearance period of 14 days,” so if you’re in need of quick cash this shouldn’t be your go-to method.


Fiverr is full of spammers and cheaters. There are a huge amount of gigs guaranteeing thousands of LinkedIn connections, Facebook fans and Twitter followers. Not only are these offers absurd, but the illegitimate ways they go about completing them are ridiculous. These users harm Fiverr’s reputation.



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Likewise, people can easily create fake buyer accounts and purchase from themselves in order to leave positive feedback. Not only is this incredibly misleading for buyers but it’s unfair to legitimate sellers.

High Expectations

When buyers first arrive on Fiverr they are amazed at what they can buy for a mere $5. These people soon forget that everything costs only $5 and immediately expect $500 results. For example, how long do you expect me to work designing a logo when I’m only, in fact, receiving $4? Fifteen minutes if you’re lucky… It’s important for people to remember how much $5 actually is and for them to keep their expectations at that level.


A quick search for creating a logo yields hundreds of results. Many of these gigs are offered by people who have little experience or are irresponsible. Although buyers can filter the results and sort by popularity or rating, the default is “auto” which makes it rather difficult for your gig to be found. There are simply too many people doing the same things. It’s nice to have many options but this confuses buyers and decreases the sales of legitimate sellers.

Illegitimate or No Feedback

The first item mentioned in our eBay post was in regards to illegitimate feedback and it’s ability to ruin someones reputation. The same goes for Fiverr. One negative response can ruin your chances of scoring another gig and push you to the bottom of the search results. Also some people choose not to leave feedback. This happened to me in a situation where I was confident I would receive positive feedback. They decided not to, which decreased my chance of making future sales.


Before getting involved with Fiverr you should know what you’re signing up for. You’re not going to get $5 for every gig you complete and you won’t get feedback, be it positive or negative, on every gig. You’ll find a huge amount of spammers and unqualified competitors. If you do happen to make a sale, be aware that buyers will expect perfection, so do your best to explain your service in advance. Remember, $5 (or $4 in reality) may not be worth your time, if something takes too long you may want to look for other ways to make money online.

Have you ever tried buying or selling on Fiverr?

173 Replies to "5 Reasons Fiverr Sucks for Sellers"

  • Kesha Brown
    February 11, 2011 (2:27 pm)

    Hi Alex, I started using Gigbucks (same as Fiverr but higher cost gigs) as a buyer and found a great content writer. She was not charging enough for her skills. So I am working with her offline to pay her a better value for her work!

    I still sometimes wonder though how people are able to do some of the stuff they claim to do for $5?!?!

    But I guess if you’re looking for something cheap, you pay a cheap price…


    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 12, 2011 (6:45 pm)

      Well that is very nice of you. I really don’t know how these people do some of the things they claim, but I agree, you get what you pay for.

      • Sean W Smith
        May 16, 2011 (4:01 am)

        I started using Goferr because all gigs are $25. Its been very good to me. Unlike othersites, I dont have to compete with people promising the sky for $5. We all know that 50% of the gigs on Fiverr are scams. Whats nice at Goferr is that gig poster will not get paid, if he/she does not deliver what is promised period.
        You would think this is bad from seller’s point of view. However, it isn’t.. because you will only have genuine sellers listing real gigs. No Scams, No pie in the sky promises that dont deliver anything, like at Fiverr.

        • don
          March 17, 2012 (2:44 pm)

          There’s just the same scam on Goferr as it is on Fiverr. You just pay $25 to get scammed, not $5. Just take all those “human” traffic gigs. I know the insides of that business, and 99% of it is scam! You don’t get a single legit visitor, but “on paper” (i.e. their stats), they can show you the hits anytime. Too bad that’s just scripts “visiting” your website, but you can never prove that.

    • Keith
      February 13, 2011 (6:20 am)

      Thanks for the Gigbucks mention, checking them out now…

    • Goferr the twenty fiverr
      May 17, 2011 (1:32 pm)

      I agree with Kesha. As Charlene put it one of her comments on the wedding blog, “Oh its just five bucks who cares” ( perhaps not the exact words), Right? WRONG!! You can get very little work done for $5. Those who say they will do a ton of work for just a fiver are out to scam you. Whats the point of making $4 bucks from a single sale 2 weeks after posting. No one can live on such an income.
      We are offing a scam free alternative to Fiverr. We proactively read all communications to make sure the buyer is completely satisfied. Explains why 75% of the purchases are by repeat customers.
      We are also limiting the number of sellers to 1000. Out goal is to help them make $40,000 per year (selling just 8 gigs a day) It defeats the purpose when a site has more sellers than buyers, like at Fiverr.

      • don
        March 17, 2012 (10:50 am)

         Well I checked Goferr gigs the “usual suspects” of the typical scam, and guess what: They sell you the same sh*t they sell on Fiverr, just for $25 instead of $5. Top of scam list: Fake “human” traffic gigs!

    • Goferr
      May 17, 2011 (6:09 pm)

      looks like both my messages are spammed. I guess akismet is not so perfect.

  • Morgan
    February 11, 2011 (3:14 pm)

    Hi Alex!

    Yes, it really should be called Fourr.

    It’s not perfect, that’s for sure. Everyone on there trying to scam people left and right with their medicore skills. And then what’s worse if buyers are actually furious when they don’t get what they asked for.

    You get what you pay for. Plain and simple.

    Thanks for the article!

    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 12, 2011 (6:49 pm)

      I totally agree. I think the site has potential, but with their current policies I am not satisfied.

  • Thomas Sinfield
    February 11, 2011 (3:51 pm)

    I’ve used it a couple of times as a buyer and a seller but I think their 20% commission is overly excessive – but people seem willing to accept it.

    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 12, 2011 (7:07 pm)

      Maybe blame it on the economy. Anyway you look at it, it is a quick way to make a few bucks.

  • DiTesco
    February 12, 2011 (8:38 am)

    Well said. Although there are legitimate people in there, the problem is that it is very hard to find them in all that “sea of noises”. I tried them several times as a buyer and a seller. As a seller it was good in the beginning and I sold over 40 Gigs in less than one month. Then I noticed other people offering the same thing and bam, I got lost and that was the end of it. Good points to think about

    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 12, 2011 (7:10 pm)

      Same thing with me. I tried designing logos but there are just too many people out there doing the same thing. 🙁

  • Samuel
    February 12, 2011 (9:40 am)

    Awesome post Alex!
    I’m not planning to sell anything on Fiverr or use the site for now. Thanks for the info bro. You rock 🙂

    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 12, 2011 (7:10 pm)

      Thanks. There are lots of alternatives to Fivver so you shouldn’t have to.

  • Jason
    February 12, 2011 (11:16 am)

    Hi Alex,

    Fiverr’s biggest problem is quality control. Those people who provide genuine value aren’t being acknowledged due to how poorly this aspect is being managed. Once this is corrected Fivverr can really be a great place for any body who wants to make some dough online.


    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 12, 2011 (7:11 pm)

      I agree. Fiverr needs to look into alternative methods for controlling each gig. Right now it just isn’t working.

    • don
      March 17, 2012 (2:28 pm)

      I doubt that will ever be corrected because of the sheer amount of revenue that Fiverr would lose if they’d cut out the spam and scam gigs.

  • Felix Albutra
    February 12, 2011 (9:02 pm)

    Hi Alex,

    You also got some good points there. I am using fiverr to outsource some of the things in my niche blogs and I also accept Gigs on it.

    Yeah… you are right, it should be called a fourer (Lol!) Just kidding.

    Though it can’t help you to make quick cash, it is still a good source of income for those who wants to build a business.

    For those bloggers who don’t have money to invest for a domain name and hosting, you can try fiverr.

    Another good thing about fiverr is that, you can drive traffic into your blog and also build authority in your field.

    How? In my experience, I use to build backlinks on some online businesses and I do build it through writing related topics to the keyword term they are suggesting. I post this article to various web 2.0 sites and article directories.

    How I get the credibility is when I send the updated report to them. I will enclose my name and website address on the PDF file and there they have the choice to also visit my website and optin into my newsletters.

    Eventually, I meet 90% success using that strategy as well.

    Anyway, thank you very much for sharing your thoughts. Though I use to maintain my credibility as a Fiverr member.

    – Felix

    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 13, 2011 (12:45 pm)

      Thank you Felix for your comments. I do agree there are some benefits to fiverr, I just feel that overall the platform has lots of issues and can be quite frustrating. If fiverr works for you, then keep doing that your doing.

  • James M
    February 13, 2011 (3:55 pm)

    I used Fiverr to work on my writing skills doing various articles and reviews for people. I learned how to view a few source URLs, and whip up 500 words in less than 20 minutes. Some of these articles could be changed around a bit and used for niche sites if I want to go in that direction.

    The payment thing shocked me, too. Since I’m in Canada, I was noticing that the exchange rate wasn’t working out properly at times for me since the Canadian dollar was valued at more than the US dollar. And then I was noticing that Fiverr was skimming some extra cents on top. I would receive $11.76 instead of $12, for example. I didn’t think it was worth arguing for $0.25, so I started to stop using the service so extensively.

    It’s very true how demanding some people are, though. They want professional grade writing about some weird subject matter (best clothes for a toddler to wear in a sun?). I decided it wasn’t worth my time to write something of awesome quality for people who were being highly demanding.

    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 14, 2011 (4:18 pm)

      Well I’m glad you made some use of it. Is it possible that was the PayPal fee? I just gave up with the whole idea already.

      • James M
        February 21, 2011 (6:08 pm)

        It was probably the PayPal fee from them sending the money to my PayPal account, but you would think that would be covered in the $1 charge Fiverr takes off.

  • Stephen Perkins
    February 13, 2011 (9:54 pm)

    Hey Alex. Good to see a post about Fiverr up here.

    I have experienced the problem of only getting about $4 back… Not cool.

    Should of named it tenerr. haha

    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 14, 2011 (4:19 pm)

      Haha. Very not cool.

  • Tina @Counting Scales
    February 14, 2011 (4:52 am)

    Hi Alex,

    Great points! Looks like you know what your talking about. I’m just curious, as I am from the UK does this work the same way for us? I was thinking of trying this out however, its not always the best way of selling. There plenty of methods to use such as vouchers / tickets etc…


    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 14, 2011 (4:20 pm)

      Thanks! I believe it does work the same, but I can’t be sure.

  • Will @ Every Day Seo
    February 14, 2011 (2:24 pm)

    I think that is always the case about people wanting a lot more than what they are paying you. In my experience it happens a hell of a lot in the offline world as well.

    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 14, 2011 (4:21 pm)

      That is very true, but few buyers know that the $5 is really $4.

  • Dave Ruso
    February 15, 2011 (6:14 pm)

    With all respect, where else can you really get such exposure and a chance to build a business?
    Maybe it isn’t the place for established entrepreneurs, but it’s a great place for young or retired persons, and it can also be great for unemployed or anyone who had enough with a day job and want to see what it really means to interact with real customers.
    Your 5 reasons of why it suck may be right. But there is one reason that outweighs all of why using it:
    Fiverr is ranked at 400 at Alexa, which means that traffic is huge; it is like having a chance to have a booth on 5th avenue NY on a sunday. For free. If it works, get your confidence and move along to your own shop….Why not?

    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 16, 2011 (8:55 pm)

      Fiverr is a great place for people looking to make a buck here and there, but with its current functionalities and methodologies it just isn’t working. I think there is a lot of potential in Fiverr if these issues were resolved.

  • RustyH
    February 15, 2011 (11:55 pm)

    I have been selling on Fiverr since the beginning. Enough to quit my day job. I sell truly custom logos. My problem with Fiverr started when they took away the Sellers right to accept a job. For some reason Buyers will order my Logo Design gig to get work done on ebook covers, site headers, flyers, and business cards. In order for me to cancel these I have to accept a negative feedback which hinders my future sales. They do offer a “mutual cancellation” option, but the Buyer must accept. 90% of my Buyers do not and respond with remarks such as “It’s all graphic design you can do it.”

    Fiverr is also unfair as they do not allow feedback to be left on the Buyers or explanations left on the Buyers feedback to the Seller. I have so many rude Buyers who constantly change their mind on what they want. After I explain to them that 18 Different custom concepts is a bit excessive for their $5 paid, they threaten to leave negative feedback if I do not continue until they are satisfied.

    I love Fiverr. It allows me to stay at home with my family. However, if any of the other micro-worker sites take off to allow for a truly sustainable income, I can’t see any reason why myself or any other non-automated seller will continue with Fiverr’s current system.

    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 16, 2011 (8:57 pm)

      Earning enough to quit your day job is very impressive. Like you suggested, one of the major flaws is the structure of the feedback and how it works. Perhaps the buyers have too much power when it comes to feedback?

  • Fiverr
    February 16, 2011 (3:42 pm)

    Hi Everyone,

    Just wanted to let all of you know that we are listening.

    Fiverr helps tens of thousands of sellers make a living in this tough economy and it is serving buyers that never had the opportunity to get such awesome (yet affordable) services before Fiverr existed. For that, we are very proud. That said, we are not perfect and the product is in its very beginning. We have amazing things coming very soon and with your comments and feedback (good and bad), we will be able to continue delivering the best experience to our great community.

    The Fiverr Team

    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 16, 2011 (9:03 pm)

      Thanks for commenting! I think most people understand that Fiverr is relatively new and only hope for it to improve. I admire a company that can come out and admit they have flaws, and strives to overcome those issues. Fiverr has certainly done well thus far, and I look forward to seeing these improvements. Please keep us posted and if you are ever looking for feedback let us know!

    • don
      March 17, 2012 (2:06 pm)

      Fiverr helped spam, scam, and pirated content spread like a virus! Great contribution “in this touch economy”, dudes! But as long as you get your 20% share, why should you care?

  • Laurie Kristensen
    February 17, 2011 (5:54 pm)

    I have been both purchasing and selling on Fiverr… in all honesty, I’ve been so broke lately, that I decided to offer some gigs just so that I could turn the funds back around and purchase the gigs of others. That way, by not withdrawing my funds to PayPal first, and just letting Fiverr take the new gig fee from my Available Revenues, I don’t lose more on PayPal fees. I get to put the full $4 back into purchasing other gigs. (It’s still a pain to have to wait 2 whole weeks for revenues to become available.)

    As for the amount we earn, the way I look at it is that the $5 I spend is often worth way more to me because I could not (or maybe, more accurately, would not WANT to) complete the tasks that I purchase for myself — I purchase things for my own web sites like backlink and link wheel building (I try to pick the ones that include pinging and making an RSS feed and submitting it for more power), article writing/submission, etc., to help my own web properties rank higher in the long term. I hate writing articles, and I LOATHE link building (and have no automated tools to do it myself).

    So if I look at it in terms of the services I can exchange my $4-earned-per-gig that I sell to others for gigs I purchase for myself, it seems like a better deal. Hope that makes sense.

    The funny thing is, though, that I just spent tons of time searching on Fiverr for gigs selling ebooks on how to do better with Fiverr, but the people selling them barely had any gigs going themselves and most of the time barely ANY feedback or purchases of the gigs they, themselves, are offering… so I figure any ebooks they’re selling must not be worth buying! (LOL)

    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 19, 2011 (7:04 pm)

      Purchasing gigs from the $4 you earn yourself sounds like a good plan. I don’t really mind the PayPal fees so much, it is the amount Fiverr takes that really bothers me.

  • Bryan
    February 18, 2011 (2:53 am)

    Hey Alex,

    Very eye opening article on Fiverr. I really didn’t know that part of your payment is taken by Fiverr. And yeah, some of the gigs remain too good to be true. Promising thousands of followers and website traffic does seem a little too far fetched for me.

    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 19, 2011 (7:06 pm)

      Yup, I agree. Fiverr needs to make it clearer that you really only get $4.

  • Anusha
    February 19, 2011 (1:49 am)

    Hi Alex,
    That’s a nice post. We have been using fiverr and are pretty happy with the results and exposure we got through it.
    Yet at times it gets difficult dealing with fiverr .

    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 19, 2011 (7:07 pm)

      There are definitely good uses for Fiverr, but there are also those times where it is a bit painful. Thanks for commenting!

  • Erich
    February 23, 2011 (9:28 am)

    I’ve been using fiverr with great results. Actually even though I am on a number of microjob sites that pay more per gig-Fiverr has netted me a lot of money.

    Indeed for the most part it is a get what you pay for type thing. But people like me like to give quality so I get repeat customers.

    I do rewrites (not spinning) of articles and yes it can be ridiculous what people want for five dollars but I look at it this way. I’m home anyway ( I work from home) so turn on the TV and get paid to write an article at the same time.

    Also like Felix I have used this to build my income by giving them “added value”. when a customer is happy with my gig I let them know I work from home and can show them how to make extra money each month. When I show them the plan I make extra money and so do they. My money outside of fiverr has increased tremendously too!

    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 23, 2011 (8:12 pm)

      I’m glad you have been so pleased thus far. Just curious, how much time do you put into your average gig? If it works for you and you get great results then keep doing what your doing!

  • Ann Karen
    February 25, 2011 (11:09 am)

    Hi there alex… I attest to your post, Fiverr is really not worth the price. Before I am using it, but after a month, I switched to UPHype.

    • Alex Ainsberg
      February 25, 2011 (3:10 pm)

      Thanks for mentioning UPHype. I’ll definitely check it out.

  • Steve Roy
    March 3, 2011 (12:45 pm)

    I have used Fiverr in the past as a buyer and have been disappointed. The reasons yo ulisted are valid and I think most people have no idea.

    Fiverr sounds like such a great resource, but weeding through the spammers and fakes is a pain in the ass.

    It’s so true too that people are not going to provide a great product or service for $4.

    • Alex Ainsberg
      March 4, 2011 (3:35 pm)

      Yup, I totally agree. Thanks for commenting!

  • Charleen Larson
    March 4, 2011 (2:26 am)

    Hey Alex,

    Congrats on starting a great discussion! I’ve never seen the Fiverr Team write a response on someone’s blog, so you must be special. 🙂

    Several people mentioned the problem of their gigs getting buried in the sheer volume. I’ve experienced this myself as a seller and as a buyer it is frustrating too. That’s why we started our Best of Fiverr blog to review tried-and-true gigs. In other words, we tried it, we liked it and you’ll probably like it too. Often we include samples of the actual work.

    And occasionally we find a rising star like Sam Cornwell or the composer wrote and performed a 3-minute piano work for us — worth a Fiverr times 100 and then some.

    We love Fiverr and think it’s got a great future.

    • Alex Ainsberg
      March 4, 2011 (3:38 pm)

      Thanks! Yes, I was pretty impressed by them as well.

      Fiverr definitely has a lot of potential, but it is often hard to find the truly talented people.

      That sounds like a cool blog and I’ll definitely check it out.

  • Pimp Ur Facebook
    March 4, 2011 (3:26 am)

    I totally agree. I had an account for 3 months now and there are about 20+ positive reviews. It already generated about $76 revenues and now they just denied it because in the contact section I just added my email address. Such a shame. Oh well I will try other sites then.

    • Alex Ainsberg
      March 4, 2011 (3:40 pm)

      Well, thats because they want you selling your service on their platform so they get commission. You should contact their customer support and see if you can get it back. That seems a bit uncalled for.

      • Pimp Ur Facebook
        March 4, 2011 (7:25 pm)

        Well, I am still selling in there. The only thing I want to add an email address is sometimes people want something that is not worth $5. But anyway, one thing I like about them is their fast customer support, now I am back to business. I also joined Gigbuck.com, so check out my gigs just find “fbdesign” in graphics category. See you there!

        • Alex Ainsberg
          March 6, 2011 (3:14 pm)

          Yeah, I hear that. They probably assumed you were encouraging people to work with you outside of the service. Well, I’m glad it worked out in the end.!

        • don
          March 17, 2012 (2:13 pm)

          What are you talking about? Their support sucks! True, they are fast and polite, but 9 out of 10 times they would just find a polite way to quickly tell you they can’t help you.

  • John
    March 13, 2011 (4:05 am)

    The major problem I realized is that Fiverr is bloated with lot of gigs and sellers. Their support system also sucks. These days, I’m using jobreapr http://jobreapr.com/ to dig through the jobs easily and place orders in the right site. Seems to be effective.

    • Alex Ainsberg
      March 13, 2011 (11:52 am)

      Hi John,

      Thanks for mentioning jobreapr, that looks like a pretty cool search engine for fixed price jobs.

  • Sean
    March 28, 2011 (5:29 pm)

    I hate fiverr because it pays only $4. Why not sell the same gig for $25? I have had a lot of luck selling facebook gigs at http://www.goferr.com

  • Goferr
    March 28, 2011 (8:07 pm)

    John, Nice article about Fiverr and why it sucks. First of all, I dont know how Fiverr can make any money or even how anyone can make money at Fiverr.

  • erika
    April 1, 2011 (1:59 pm)

    i have been using fivesquids. the pound is stronger than the dollar so its good if you are a seller.

    • Alex Ainsberg
      April 4, 2011 (7:44 pm)

      Thanks for mentioning Fivesquids. I’ll check it out!

  • Alex Bain
    April 4, 2011 (7:39 pm)

    Hey everyone, you will love fourerr at http://www.fourerr.com, same gigs and gig providers as fiverr, just 20% less!

    Hey a buck is a buck, right ! It’s the #2 site in traffic behind fiverr now.


    • Alex Ainsberg
      April 4, 2011 (7:45 pm)

      Haha, also has a very similar layout! What’s the commission on fourerr?

    • judy
      April 9, 2011 (1:01 am)

      hahah this made me laugh. someone is selling a fiverr like script for like $200. but this name and the gigs there are funny. someone will make your gig popular for $4 there

  • Virginia Mortgage Broker
    April 17, 2011 (5:51 am)

    Hey Alex,
    Thanks for the post. I think fiverr sucks for sellers as well. You can’t get your money back in the person delivers bogus work or no work at all. I requested an article written and the person said sorry I couldn’t get to it but here is a link to great article writing software. Craziness they send me an affiliate link and I presume still get to keep the $4.

    • Alex Ainsberg
      April 18, 2011 (12:50 pm)

      That is really unfortunate. Hope you got that article written!

  • Benny Higgenbotham
    April 22, 2011 (12:18 am)

    Hey Alex, nice article. Personally, I think fiverr sucks because of your reasons stated, but its like a Wal-Mart to most of us. You visit and view how many “works” you can order for only $5, you’ve to but something! lol It’s all still good entrepreneurship.
    Another thing its funny because I have just started using Alex Bain’s(left a comment above) Fourerr and I like it a lot so far. Even though its a copycat, he makes sure that he takes care of his website and he communicates with users. Oh and so far no commissions from gig sales, but I believe profits are derived from featuring your gig for a fee of $10.
    Welp.. Cya later!

  • Christine
    May 10, 2011 (4:11 pm)

    I agree with you for the most part. However, I do think it’s possible to make money if you are offering something you can do very quickly.

    I’ve noticed some eBook sellers are doing well there, and that basically takes no time.

    Or if you have a really specialized skill you can do quickly but would take other people a long time, you might be able to make money.

    But here’s the thing. I suspect that the majority of people offering gigs on Fiverr are not in the United States.

    Recently I hired three different people to do three different things and all three of them were outside the United States. (One of them I was really surprised about because her listing was in perfect English, but when I wrote her a long note explaining what I needed she told me she doesn’t really understand English. It worked out fine though.)

    I don’t know what the exchange rate is for the US dollar vs. the Indian Rupee right now, but it might be a decent wage to work for an hour (or two?) for $4 in India.

    So that’s what you’re up against.

    Still, like I said, I do think it’s possible to make money on Fiverr. It’s just really hard.

  • Aces
    May 18, 2011 (3:15 am)

    You guys should check out http://www.fooyuh.com. They are new and their layout looks wayyy superior than all I’ve seen. The contents are well written and very witty. Their slogan is “Got talent? Then milk it for cash, yo!” What does that tell you? It’s all about fun! The best part is, you can buy and sell gigs from $5 to $100, which I think is so much more flexible than fiverr. Why? Because some real talents just cost more than $5. Period.

    It’s totally great for people who are currently out of job or finding they need to make more money to make ends meet. The website was just launched, though, but you get instant listing for now. Check them out!

  • Jason
    May 31, 2011 (12:55 am)

    Fiverr just puts gigs on hold for no reason. You have a gig for months, 100% positive feedback, dozens of satisfied customers and they suddenly just put your gig on hold after it has already been approved and you have been marketing your gigs and spending money on them. Terrible customer service.

  • Tito
    June 9, 2011 (10:54 pm)

    Hi Alex,

    Interesting article. Have you tried other sites similar to fiverr? I’m curious about them and I’m looking for feedback.

    There are many out there that offer different options, but I found one where you can also offer services in person. I would like to know if someone else has used it. The site is PeopleStox (http://www.peoplestox.com).

    I am in art school and though it was a great idea to be able to come to someone’s house and create a beautiful paint in person. I couldn’t do this in fiverr because I would be limited to the $5.

    Feedback appreciated,


  • Costas Zividis
    July 18, 2011 (12:59 pm)

    Fivver has also an other problem. Before you realize it, you spend a lot of money. 10 x 5 $ (10 gigs) is 50$ for example. You could spend $50 for much better services.

    Last, a LOT of gigs are not even delivered, ever.

  • mike
    July 18, 2011 (4:30 pm)

    hey i been working with fiverr for a long time and i hate it its so dam hard to find whats your looking for! i found this site instead its jobsfor7.com

  • Duncan Campbell
    August 3, 2011 (12:30 pm)

    I agree. I just figured it had to be for (pardon me for saying it this way) losers.

  • Duncan Campbell
    August 3, 2011 (12:30 pm)

    I agree. I just figured it had to be for (pardon me for saying it this way) losers.

  • EpicLaunch
    August 3, 2011 (12:31 pm)

    Well let’s not offend anyone that uses it, but based off our experience, definitely not worth it.

  • Traffic Generation Cafe with Ana Hoffman
    August 3, 2011 (12:31 pm)

    You definitely get your money’s worth. 🙂

  • EpicLaunch
    August 3, 2011 (12:31 pm)

    Well let’s not offend anyone that uses it, but based off our experience, definitely not worth it.

  • Traffic Generation Cafe with Ana Hoffman
    August 3, 2011 (12:31 pm)

    You definitely get your money’s worth. 🙂

  • Angela
    September 13, 2011 (11:48 pm)

    Fiverr is a huge waste of time. They put gigs on hold for no apparent reason, sometimes for days at a time, the people who bid expect too much, and the customer service team is crap. I made 80 on there in two days, no small feat considering the fact they take a buck off the top of every order. I waited forever for all of those payments to clear (you have to wait 14 days on each individual $4 payment) then the crappy and rude customer service set gave me the run around because I never received their clearance email. They refused to send it again, refused to give me info to provide Yahoo, spoke down to me. They are a terrible company to deal with.

  • Job Centre
    September 22, 2011 (3:29 pm)

    Totaly agree! they closed my accound as well and newer gave me back my paid gig and money what I earned!
    I highly recommend Fiver alternative – http://MyJobCentre.co.uk
    As you see it’s Uk version of Fiver and beauty of it is that for one gig you will have about $6.30! And not $3.92! As you see it’s almost double. And they have flexible rules as well and you can make for your gig custom price as well.
    I am really happy with them – Recommended!


  • surfdog
    October 19, 2011 (7:26 pm)

    I signed up with fiverr trying to get some logo and header work for one of my websites.. All I did was put the URL of the website so that the seller would know how to design my logo and header and guess what as soon as I signed up and sent them my money I was blocked and my account suspended.. This really sucks!!! and when I sent an email to them their response to me was!!
    “We are unable to reinstate your account at this time.
    Users who violate our Terms of Service and get their account permanently blocked can receive their revenues (if any) after a safety clearing period.
    Please contact us again in 45 to 90 days. We will allow you to withdraw revenues you may have left in your account at that time, after an account verification process.” 45-90 days? what a bunch of cr*p .. this is worth at least 10 negitive reviews from me!!!

  • Angela May
    November 12, 2011 (7:48 pm)

    I am a successful seller on Fiverr and have never had any problems. My gigs are all genuine, unique and worth far in excess of the $5 you pay (and the $4 I receive). If you have any doubts at all, I suggest you check my profile – http://www.fiverr.com/madmoo – I have been a seller for a year and LOVE the site.

    • Viktor Vedmak
      January 10, 2017 (7:29 pm)

      Blast from the past. Replying after 6 years, by entirely random coincidence.

      I know Angie from Fiverr and Facebook, and she is great.

      I have been on Fiverr since 2012 as seller, 2011 as buyer, and sadly my experience with Fiverr is not as positive as Angies’. Perhaps because I have very low tolerance for idiots and that results in rather frequent disputes where they think they can blackmail me into free work and me basically telling them off then trying to deal with Fiverr CS to nix ridiculous review they leave.

      And that would all be great if Fiverr CS were not absolute imbeciles with barely passable English who could not possibly care less about doing their job. They copy/paste.

      Fiverr Forum was ran by crazy old woman by name “Old Bitty Grandma”, real name Jo Uneus, and now it is ran by another crazy old woman “Fonthaunt” as well as few shady sellers who are Top Rated Sellers, but services they sell are fairly scammy. Meaning atmosphere is anything but business oriented.

      So I cannot recommend Fiverr to anyone these days.

  • Earnic
    November 14, 2011 (7:59 am)

    yeah..many cheaters and spammers on fiverr. hope fiverr will have spam box for message on fiverr

  • mitch l
    December 1, 2011 (10:25 pm)

    Yeah there are a lot of spammers, I tend to stick to straight out promotion of my website with real fans instead of buying utterly fake fans. Jazzy7 seems to be the only one with positive results.

    Long time fiverr user

    • fiverjob
      August 30, 2012 (5:59 am)

      I only sell realpeople, I run through a few checks and tests before i approve a supplier to my list. They all have an extensive list of members orfollowers should i say and also have pr 8 and sometimes as much as pr10 to promote for me.
      Yes this costs more but i have beenworking with them for long enlough now that i can trust their services.

      I have a team of SEO, Social media experts that have been in this industry for nearly a decade. So fingers crossed i should be quite sucessfull with this new team, One of the newest members for my team came from fiverjobsite i am not saying who but they are good, Very good in fact. I now rely on him more and more as he is so fast, and we have a good understanding.

      There you goi have said my piece.

      Can i also say that fiverr is too complicated just buying or selling is an ordeal. You won’t be seeing me back there ever again, and that comes froma level 2 seller.

      The reason i use fiverjobsite mainly is because their seller fees are very very low 5% for a starter leading up tojust 2% for a diamond. So happy days.

      About time fiverr did the same, but i doubt they will as they are far too greedy.

  • Declan Murphy
    December 9, 2011 (8:31 pm)

    As a buyer, it can be hard to find genuinely good sellers on Fiverr, and as a seller, it is hard to compete with people who give themselves fake positive feedback. The folk who run Fiverr need to tackle these issues. I’ve been looking into Tenerr.com and other alternatives. If anyone knows a similar site which has spam reporting features, please let me know.

    • support
      April 5, 2012 (11:45 am)

      We will be making many changes as and when we feel our http://www.fiverjobsite.com website will need tighter security measures. Please try our website out in the next month or so when we are fully operational. We welcome you with open arms and anyone else thinking of joining us as a member. We are not fiverr, we are a completely different company.

  • Commandrix
    December 13, 2011 (1:59 pm)

     Fiverr’s pretty cool if you don’t expect too much. Somebody made a logo for me that was pretty good except for not using the colors I wanted. No big deal, I just got into my picture editing program and redid the colors. When buying, I tend to look for the Top-Rated Sellers, who are the people who do a consistently good job for five bucks.

  • nadeem
    December 22, 2011 (11:01 am)

    you can find more info about fiver like sites on http://www.fiverralternative.com

  • Barry Simons
    December 30, 2011 (8:55 am)

    Fiverr is utter rank. Anyone heard of bluegig.com ?? Apparently its a new one which instead of selling crappy nonsense services, they are looking to sell quality services only.

    Here’s the article I recently found: http://ezinearticles.com/?Market-Sites-Should-Be-Helping-Businesses-Through-the-Tough-Economy-Times&id=6785134

  • noha
    January 13, 2012 (3:43 pm)

    I came a cross a similar site, that have gained big popularity on such a short period : http://www.fiversworld.com

    It give a better shot for seller to sell for any $ in range of $5 – $25

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    January 23, 2012 (10:27 am)

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  • Alex
    January 24, 2012 (11:43 am)

    Fiverr banned me too 🙁 I find small-gigs.com and they always sent my money !

  • guest
    February 11, 2012 (12:13 pm)

    I totally agree with what is written here. I offered to do a logo for someone (I have 10 years design experience) and they have no concept of what they should get. I thought it was people who “just want something” as I love my job and wanted to try to earn a bit of cash on the side.

    So funny! The customer was just like in the “real” world: Gives you very little to go on at first (which is fine, that’s why they pay thousands because of all that stuff) then expect something they don’t even know what they want.

  • Stephanie
    February 17, 2012 (6:46 pm)

    I am on Fiverr, but I’m getting ready to leave. People expect the moon for $5. They want a 500 word article, with specific SEO, written a specific way, and they expect it in 24 hours. When you tell them the gig doesn’t cover that, they need to purchase a the addon gig, they complain.
    I had someone leave me positive feedback, but whined they had to edit what I wrote. They corrected one typo that slipped past them. I had specifically said in the gig delivery if they wanted changes, they should contact me before leaving feedback.
    I realize I’m not getting paid much to write these things, but I do stand behind them. If there’s a problem, I will correct it, but you need to tell me, and not in the feedback.

    • mmpros
      August 28, 2012 (2:05 pm)

      The problem with fiver is that they are still being propped up by people who are not willing to take the plunge and start again with better websites just like fiverjobsite or fivesquids etc..
      Fiverr is rebound for poor customer service, higher fees and they get away with it just because they can. Why not try other marketplaces to see what results you will get, sometimes results will not happen over night, but certainly will happen in the short term.

      People need to start to realise that fiverr is not the be all and end all.

      Start to try other marketplaces and maybe not stick to just the one. advertise your skills and talents on multiple sites to get the best results.

  • MoneyMakingSeller
    March 6, 2012 (2:22 am)

    Its only for losers if you’re one of the one’s who expect a lot for nothing, lack the ability to thoroughly explain what you are/aren’t willing to buy/sell for $5.

    I have been on Fiverr for over a year and have earned over $1500 since joining. The thing about Fiverr is that in order to make money off the site, you have to reinvent yourself and your gig on the regular.

    For instance, if you know there are over 300 people selling logo’s DON’T sell your logo service on fiverr. Instead, get your head in the technology game (if that’s your deal) and offer what’s hot.

    1. Personalized QR-Codes
    2. Company Name Badge template

    For instance, I over Android/ Apple/BB mobile app development. 1 order cover up to 300 words & 4 images. If you need more words or images, its an order for each 300 words and or 4 images. RSS feeds are 2 orders a pop. Depending on you app, publishing is either $15 or it starts at $70.

    Nevertheless, its all about what you can offer and at a rate that YOU are willing to sell it for. I only sell so much for $5. In fact, I sell NOTHING for $5. I sell everything in multiple of $5s… either the buyer wants it s/he doesn’t. I have clients outside of fiverr who pays my bills, so Fiverr is play money. And I just so happen to time my payouts so that I get funds coming in every other day if not everyday.

  • Freedomonnet
    March 19, 2012 (12:36 am)

    Hi I agree with your story. And I think it is to expensive as well with Fiverr. I am looking now into others like Giggerr.com, Tenrr.com and they work like the same. (Giggerr.com is only asking 10%, and payout in 7 days) I have only placed a gig on tenrr, but did not get a response. THe advantage off fiverr is the amount of people on there and the number of gigs as well.
    But today I get the : “Please contact us again regarding these accounts in 45 to 90 days. We
    will allow you to withdraw revenues you may have left in them at that
    time.” on my account, and so I found this post … Hope to get my money ! 🙁

    • Keiran
      March 25, 2012 (3:27 pm)

       Happened to me also. Fiverr are so unprofessional and scammers. I never got my money back.

      I found bluegig.com which looks promising. If you google bluegigmarket you can find them on facebook and twitter.

  • Keiran
    March 25, 2012 (3:25 pm)

    Fiverr is really poor now. I’ve come across this: http://www.facebook.com/bluegigmarket

    I’m looking forward to trying it out and have already pre-registered my services.

    Lost of media about bluegig doing reviews etc. Looks very promising and professional.


  • Glen
    March 26, 2012 (8:20 am)

    Interesting story and comments. Fiverr is very poor at customer service. I’ve stoped using them. I got a message when on fiverr saying that bluegig.com is starting up in April. They have a facebook page and are letting businesses and frelancers pre-register their services. They seem very interesting and would be worth trying them out. Nice little video lol. 🙂

    Here’s there facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bluegigmarket 

  • Harryjury
    March 28, 2012 (10:35 am)

    I have been using fiverr for awhile now and I love it. You really have to think outside of the box when it comes to creating your gigs. It’s nice that it links up to paypal so easy. Check out my gigs on my profile http://www.fiverr.com/users/enjoyfacebook

  • fiverjobsite
    March 28, 2012 (4:14 pm)

    I quite agree with what you are saying, so we as a company have taken the microjob platform to the next level by creating a new improved seller friendly enviornment and with the help of others to collaborate with each other you will see greater rewards.

    We are crowdspec Ltd, We have nearly created a website called fiverjobsite located at http://www.fiverjobsite.com but with a difference that you will notice straight from the off.

    Why not take the time to check out our new website from 6th April 2012 we should be live to the public with the full version online..

    For those who find it a little difficult to sell their jobs and the sellers who have put hours of work in and feel they should be rewarded more for their efforts then we are the answer.

    Take a look for yourself..

    CrowdSpec Ltd.

    • support
      April 5, 2012 (11:35 am)

      We at fiverjobsite.com have created a platform that allows anyone to be rewarded for the more work or jobs they sell or buy, of course buy we can not forget them, without buyers our website would not function. What’s good about our website is that we have taken the time to read peoples reviews on fiverr and fiverr similar websites by listened to peoples arguements to bring you what we feel is the best platform out there today for buying and selling services from £5 and putting all the best bits into our very own website. yes is may not look fancy right now but it takes the whole fiverr experience to the next level..

  • Jib_100
    March 29, 2012 (7:56 pm)

    I already on fiverr in a few month.and now i was 1st level seller.i love this site.checkout my gig   

  • Shalu Sharma
    April 7, 2012 (7:40 am)

    Interesting, selling something on Fiverr is defiantly hard but not impossible. There are good gigs around. 

  • Anonymous
    April 7, 2012 (11:10 am)

    Veiw our commission chart here to show you what you will earn as an affiliate marking jobs for other members, that you feel are of a better quality. with a rewards scheme to help filter out the jobs that need more assistance view the siteand scheme here: http://fiverjobsite.com/index.php#tabs-3

  • Todd Fabacher
    April 13, 2012 (12:36 pm)

    They just killed my account. I will just use http://www.commpro.biz/bizgigs for
    getting the help I need in Public Relations. Not happy. If they do not
    give me my money back I will see them in court.

    • oTASKo
      January 19, 2015 (8:37 am)

      mm, this doesn’t make sense.. don’t give money and ban the account? .. well… Have you try to email them, get ticket or leave posting from forum? Hope you will get money back from them.

  • Agamesorguk
    April 13, 2012 (1:00 pm)

    The website is slowly taking shape now with more being added daily, They are adding more to the job page so that the members ‘other jobs’ are listed in a scroll system just like the featured jobs. remember this idea is now unique, no one else has this script on the internet. i love the fact that i can earn money just by selling other members jobs or gigs as they are more commonly called. i just posted 3 links on reddit within five minutes. it was easy all i have to do now is sit and wait for the hits to come in and the cash to roll. The website is new so it may take a little time to get a return but once the jobs are in the hundreds i can post them all over the net. their alexa tank is dropping fast yesterday it was in the 6 mil mark today it was in the 5 mil. not bad for one day. most websites are lucky to get below 10mil in  3-6 months.

    Once the website sells that job i will earn commission for just sharing the link its that easy!!!

    Why don’t you try it out yourself.. the website is


  • Arjun
    June 25, 2012 (11:31 am)

    Nice one ! I felt Fiverr like that only ! But how to make a gig popular?

  • eGurus
    June 26, 2012 (2:17 pm)

    First, I truly do agree with you, Alex and to make this more interesting, let me also present our Microjob Site called Giggantic – http://www.giggantic.com 🙂

  • kader ahmed
    July 16, 2012 (8:31 am)

    yeah thats why i use http://www.c6sh.co.uk

  • Carfocus
    August 9, 2012 (3:26 pm)

    As a level 2 seller, sometimes I get really fed up with Fiverr and just want to quit.  For the most part the buyers are cool to me, but some people are just RIDICULOUS.  I’m a pretty girl and my gigs are promotional/testimonial and like I said, I usually have no issues and have 100% feedback.  But sometimes I’ll have someone go nuts over me about a $5 order.  “This doesn’t look like your promo video!  You look like shit here!  This is bad!” It’s like you know what, go fuck yourself.  I was paid $4 for this, and 99.9% of people are happy from what they receive from me.  I had one asshole send me a script that i had to read WORD BY WORD for an infomercial product that was questionable at best, and I did a totally stellar job on it, and he told me that it sounded too much like an “infomercial” and started threatening with negative feedback.  I’m like, “You stupid fucking idiot, your product is an INFOMERCIAL PRODUCT.” I didn’t say that, I just refunded him, but I knew he was stealing the movies and just wanted a refund (cheapass).  You will get people on there that will order stuff then complain so they get a free video.  It’s bullshit.

    Fiverr does not protect their sellers at all, only their buyers. For one thing I would like to be able to accept/reject orders.  I get a lot of spam, I don’t do pervvy shit, so I hate it when I get some disgusting order.  I should have had the option.  Holding our money for 14 days is bullshit too.  I have made good money on Fiverr in about 2 months so far (about $1600), but sometimes I’m just sick of it. Oh, and the people that pay more money with extras are always the nicest. ALWAYS.  Its the cheapass dicks that suck. 

    • Fiverjob
      August 9, 2012 (4:14 pm)

      I love it when women gets angry, I fully understand your situation, there are cheap arses about, thats why they go to fiverr for that very reason. Cheap crap. I now use fiverjobsite.com at least they give me something in return. Even when i get a pretty poor buyer, i can still earn points to spend on advertising. so everyone wins. Its not fully running yet, but the idea is great, i am told the points are accumilating already, so why not get started now. earn points just for loggin in and referring members.

    • Manuel
      April 4, 2015 (1:55 pm)

      Bullshit. They screw the buyers big time also. I had a guy jerk me around for two weeks, not do the job and then at the end I couldn’t even rate him. Also, I bet you didn’t know that Fiverr is taking 25-30% of your money, not just the 20% you probably think. Read this: http://www.singledudetravel.com/2015/04/why-the-seller-ratings-at-fiverr-elance-and-possibly-other-similar-sites-are-meaningless-and-fraudulent/

  • Suhana Singh
    August 28, 2012 (8:59 am)

    Terrible customer support. Me and my friends’ money were wrongly deducted,
    ratings spoilt and support didn’t care to reply. They treat sellers like
    pets and disrespect them. They side with only few sellers doing monkey
    dance or with buyers, since money is all they care. All legit sellers
    leave Fiverr soon, and its left with stupid and scam sellers. Stay away
    if you are a seller and more if you are a buyer who doesn’t want to
    throw 5$ in the drain every once in a while. Fiverr is going down fast,
    soon and badly.

    I have been working with http://
    for 3 months now, and its the complete opposite of Fiverr really.
    Amazing admins and support, polite people and most importantly sensible
    and trustworthy with money. Money is transferred within 2 days of order,
    and with 10% commission. Loving BrandOptions.in

  • mike
    September 8, 2012 (3:36 pm)


  • 3kimberlydawn3
    October 1, 2012 (5:24 pm)

    That’s just the problem! People all look for a “top rated seller’ – so what are you supposed to do if you are BRAND NEW??? They shove you wayyyy in the back, and no one ever finds you. You need lots of friends and fake IDs to get your ratings up…it’s probably the only way, only I refuse to stoop to that level, so I am just burried in the way back where no one ever finds me! Fiverr sucks!

  • John Henderson
    January 12, 2013 (6:30 pm)

    I was just rejected for posting a gig. I found at least 5 gigs that were extremely similar to mine. Double standards? The gigs that were the same as mine were making a ton. I wonder if they have a pay to play thing going on over there

  • Manuel Algaba Pascual
    March 1, 2013 (6:01 am)

    I recomend http://www,gigsbag.com the best fiverr platform in spanish.

  • Manuel Algaba Pascual
    March 1, 2013 (6:03 am)

    I recomend http://www,gigsbag.com the best fiverr platform in spanish.

  • jimmbo
    March 27, 2013 (6:19 pm)

    Fiverr sellers need to remember that the buyers are only buying what the sellers are offering. If the sellers can’t deliver what they promise in a timely manner than maybe the sellers need to find another “gig”.

  • Rahul
    May 8, 2013 (10:46 am)

    check this out-

    This person got account disabled but managed to get it enabled

  • thegregjones
    May 13, 2013 (9:27 am)

    I think fiverr is what it is.

    If your expectations are to make a living on fiverr, your sorely mistaken.
    I’ve been on fiverr for over a year, I have 100% rating, only had disuptes with 2 buyers that were easily rectified with customer service. I am a working musician. I look at fiverr as my tip cup that sits on my coffee table in my living room. I sing happy birthday/apology songs. When I play out in bars/restaurants and play song requests from patrons, I’m lucky if they tip at all. Here, on fiverr, I get song requests, and I’m paid a minimum of $4 per song. That’s before my extras. To date, my highest paid single gig on fiverr was for $75 after all negotiation, back and forth with the client. Time put in total was about 1 hour. You can’t complain with that kind of payment for doing work sitting in my living room…for something I love to do…and let’s be honest, I probably would have been sitting in my Living room with my guitar in my lap any way….

    I think the people who complain about platforms like fiverr should look at their offering/product/gig 1st, and see if it’s a viable, market ready product….and realize your role….Your role on fiverr is that of a servant/order taker. If you offer to make logos for people, set limitations on it. Show your work, estimate how long it takes to make the logo, and charge accordingly. Train your buyer, set the expectation for them.

    And keep things in perspective. fiverr is what it is. It’s a platform to make a little extra scraych…not to quit your day job and buy a yacht. Cheers!

    thegregjones of fiverr.com

  • NingoStingo
    May 30, 2013 (7:40 pm)

    I just joined them, and quickly discovered how sellers get ripped off from even these cheap $5 gigs. You do the job on time, and very well and completely, send in the job, and the buyer rejects it because it “had a mistake”. You ask them to clarify the mistake, they ignore you and skip away WITH THE JOB YOU TURNED IN, and their five bucks too.

    It’s bullshit. There has got to be a better way.

  • Duckus Maximus
    June 24, 2013 (3:04 pm)

    I’m usually the buyer of Fiverr gigs. I know what it is and I shouldn’t expect much but every once in a while I feel totally conned. In this one the Seller purportedly sent my message to 90K followers… I checkout out the handle this is what I got http://iwebbits.com/?p=2024

  • Ryan Fanus
    July 4, 2013 (2:55 pm)

    I totally I agree as I tried Fiverr and only got one client so far. I had beeter luck on other sites that let me go to the buyer rather than the other way around. Fiverr bloiws.

  • David Shields
    July 23, 2013 (3:59 am)

    Fiverr has a virus. here is a blog post on blogger that shows screenshots of a recent malware scan…. http://sitemop.blogspot.com/2013/07/fiverr-has-virus-2013-proof.html

  • Peter
    November 6, 2013 (8:50 am)

    FIVERR is a siphon business from overseas anyway. Any proud American professional should stay the hell away from them!

    Their very concept is designed to reduce professionals from developed countries to slave away at the same rate as 3rd world countries.

    BOTTOM LINE: $5 bucks ($4 actual revenue, plus PayPal fees, gets you $3+cents for slaving away) in USA can’t get you a value meal, while it feeds an entire family elsewhere. And that’s not taking into account their Nazi-like ONE STRIKE AND YOU’RE OUT robotic-management policies. That means after over a month of sacrificing time and effort providing services worth more than $5, you can be promoted to Level 1 just to get kicked down to Level 0 for a lot of hidden rules.

    Try ETSY or O-Desk, much better service sourcing companies.

  • Business Sage
    November 17, 2013 (4:12 pm)

    They are terrible to deal with. Maybe they are a scam? My story is here: http://business-sage.com/fiverr.html

  • Daniel Barron
    January 18, 2014 (4:46 am)

    agreed but its really WORSE…at the end of the day you make 3.82 after everyone takes a piece of you….what would do for 3.88 in any other scenario? likely not much…even if you racked up 100 sales ( highly improbable ) that’s still chump change…. im baffled by how this site has earned ANY respect. it makes me think things are worse out there in the world than I thought. if 3.82 is worth your time you REALLY have to assess what went wrong in your life

  • Scott
    February 8, 2014 (4:43 pm)

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  • Copper
    March 2, 2014 (5:38 am)

    Fiverr never worked for me. I prefer ListingDock now, they have incredible support, excellent quality gigs, multiple withdrawal methods with less or 0% charge. Although they recently launched and traffic isn’t great yet, but it will be. They will be the only market leader in near future.

  • Steve Grogan
    July 1, 2014 (2:55 pm)

    I hate Fiverr. They have started to lean WAY too much in favor of the buyers. No matter how ridiculous their demands, Fiverr Customer Service WILL ALWAYS FAVOR BUYERS!!! They will also tell you that if a Buyer leaves an unwarranted negative rating, that there is “nothing” they can do about it. Well hello, don’t you OWN the site???? Then they tell you to contact the buyer…but if the buyer doesn’t answer, you are SCREWED!!!

    Another site that has a similar model (but JUST started and looks promising) is this:


  • Hadrian Embalsado
    November 5, 2014 (4:38 am)

    It took me months to get to my Level 2 Seller status. I guess you need to be lucky and hardworking at the same time. Also while I’m typing this, I have too many orders coming in. Halp.

  • Dish Huk
    February 2, 2015 (9:38 pm)

    I receive $ 40 from fiverr and this week also received $ 50 from jobdollarr. Joyous day

  • Muhammad Abdul Momin Arju
    February 12, 2015 (1:31 pm)

    They are scammers. Took my $4000 and disabled my account for almost 3 years passed. Never reply me whenver I raise ticket. In fact they blocked my facebook account to posting comments in their page. How to sue them?

  • dogekins
    February 25, 2015 (11:50 pm)

    Ahhhh, wow. Didn’t realize the site takes a big chunk of the sale. My product costs over $4 to deliver so I’m actually making a loss. After this transaction, I’m gonna have to close down or offer less oops.

  • Taskony
    March 4, 2015 (2:34 pm)

    I noticed the downside of being a seller on the site you mentioned. On Taskony, sellers have the option to price their services from $5 to $100 keeping in mind they should stay competitive, the ratings system and buyer feedback will play a huge role in whether sellers can remain active on the system. Most postings are free but optional enhancements and advanced listings are offered for a small fee and instead of 20% of sales, Taskony only collects 5% of sales generated.

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  • Manuel
    April 4, 2015 (1:52 pm)

    Well… Fiverr also sucks for buyers. And they are screwing sellers with 25-30% in fees rather than the 20% they openly admit. The seller ratings are also a total sham. I got ripped off by a supposed “wordpress guru” turns out he stole the identity of a real developer… incredible. I’ve explained it all in detail here:


  • Manuel
    April 4, 2015 (1:56 pm)

    Dude correct your article. Fiverr doesn’t take 20% they take 25-30%. See here, fully documented: http://www.singledudetravel.com/2015/02/how-fiverr-is-screwing-their-buyers-and-sellers-out-of-an-additional-10-percent-on-many-gigs/

  • Richard Ferguson
    April 11, 2015 (1:30 pm)

    This is a perfect example of why graphics is a disrespected and low paying profession. This website was obviously designed to take advantage of naive, ambitious and probably low paid artists. Why not tenerr or fiftyerr? You’re selling your talent for $5 (or less). Complaints about what the site and PayPal takes are silly. This site is making tons of money on your backs. Why complain when you should have expected a screwing. Have some self respect or expect cheap work the rest of your career. This site should be shut down but it won’t be. Suckers are born every minute.

  • Azad Shaikh
    April 22, 2015 (6:04 am)

    I would advise not to use Fiverr as your main income source. Use it as channel to find business for your service. One you get order try to contact them outside and show them your services. I hope you have not entirely gave up on Fiverr.



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  • Keerthi Kadam
    May 11, 2015 (4:06 am)

    Hi Alex,

    Nice article. I am a regular buyer at Fiverr.com. I believe there are about 40% gigs that are just non sense and worthless but the rest 60% are really good. I cannot comment about how legit each seller there is on Fiverr though. My team and I have built a similar website with quite a few variations catering to Indian market , it’s called 100rupis.com where people can buy and sell stuff for $2. The price tag is too low but we are trying to get verified users and verified services for $2. In India there are several unprivileged and unemployed youth who we are trying to target as sellers, we plan to train them on graphic designs, writing skills and other creative skills so that they can make a decent living. Our goal is to help them make $200 every month (believe it or not $200 is great earnings for the underprivileged in India). The goal is not to rip them off but to educate them and help them earn a decent living, at the same time give buyers affordable services. We want them to go to the next level by offering at multiples of $2 which is why we brought in Rs.100X as a new feature. We take 10% cut from each transaction. Hope we grow while we help people grow.

  • Hridoy Mitra
    May 22, 2015 (10:47 pm)

    Fiverr is the worst marketplace in the world. Anyone can ban your account just by ordering a gig of 5$. Then if they report to fiverr your account get banned. They don’t even have a look on your’s or even talk with you. I leaved fiverr a long time ago and I am satisfied with upwork.

  • Adam
    June 4, 2015 (9:51 am)

    Fiverr is a cesspool of crap, I’ve sold some services on there and you are absolutely correct people expect $500 results for $5 payout. Massive amounts of sellers are scammers/no-experience hacks that are looking to make a few extra bucks on the side cheating people. You hit the nail on the head with this post.

  • FiverrBuyer
    June 23, 2015 (6:21 pm)

    Fiverr is HORRIBLE for BUYERS. Any Seller can cancel a order and you can’t even leave feedback. WTF is that? I bought from them, waited days, and now they just cancel and have done NOTHING and I can’t even leave negative feedback? Can you imagine if ebay allowed sellers to sell items and never mail them and just give the money back and the buyer is left with nothing? Fiverr is the worst website I’ve ever used.

  • Ryan Thompson
    June 29, 2015 (9:40 pm)

    I just left Fiverr as a fairly new buyer. I have been there all of about a month.
    I got frustrated when I had 20 spammers a day writing me with their services.
    Then when I didn’t respond immediately, my response rate fell from 100% to 33% in less than a week.

    I wrote a few of them spammers, and threatened to order their service, and then leave negative feedback. I then complained to Fiverr 20 hours ago.
    I logged in a moment ago, and my account has a big warning on the top about being unprofessional. Meanwhile, they have not responded to my ticket that I put in.

    I “deactivated” my account. I will just continue to sell services at my own site agence-backflip.com

  • Sebastian Velandia
    July 15, 2015 (1:00 pm)

    Hi, Im one of the best Developers at firverr.com, but I agreed with you that fiverr’s comission is a fcking joke, 20% is too high specially when you sell services that can my more than 1k or even 6k USD, so I usually use fiverr for create connections with new clients but usually payments and business are handled outside of fiverr. I ususally use paypal. Fiverr should reconsider their commissions, if their commissions were more reasonable, I would tell people pay through fiverr, they are losing money

  • AK Paul
    August 16, 2015 (3:40 pm)

    I am new on fiverr but Don’t know about much information about fiverr. I have learnt much about fiverr from your commnet as well as the writer.

    Thanks all.

  • Awesome Lancer
    September 28, 2015 (11:54 pm)

    I agree that there’s something seriously broken with ‘The $5 gig’ thing. People expect quality even at such a low price. For me I see this as a disrupt to the traditional freelance model- “Why pay $500 for a logo on Elance when I can get this done on fiverr for $5? ” I see trouble ahead.

  • Arron
    November 5, 2015 (2:49 pm)

    While I agree at most things There is just one I want to point out about my time on fiverr.

    “You’re not going to get $5 for every gig you complete” That is weird, On my very first gig I made $20 ($16) and I received a very positive review from the client.
    I am now on my second gig which is going to earn me $50.

    To me fiverr is not a place where you can get absolutely anything that is listed on the site for a fiverr, We will say this job is not worth doing for a fiver, please order x more ‘gigs’.

    Just wanted to point that out.
    You can really earn a lot on fiverr but yeah as you said too competition and fake reviews can be annoying especially the damn fee fiverr takes

  • Chee
    November 24, 2015 (3:13 pm)

    I’ve been on Fiverr for a 6 months now as a buyer. My experience has been pretty bad until recently. My most recent seller is pretty good and I purchased from him again. What I did differently this time around was to know exactly what I wanted them to do. (you can’t pay anyone so little money and not give them perfectly clear instructions.) So with each project, I include clear step-by-step instructions with exactly what I want them to do.

    There was a few mistakes on my first order but understandable since research is tedious and boring and the list is long. However, I updated my instructions the second time around to help make the work easier and to rectify the mistakes.

    What I’ve learned on Fiverr is to not pick the cheapest gig. I pick the buyer who charges a decent price for his/her time. I also look up the country the seller is in to check average wages etc to get a sense of how much they are working for and what type of work quality I can expect.

  • Precious
    January 5, 2016 (4:29 am)

    I’ve been pleased with the gigs I purchased on Fiverr. I’ve gotten some voice work and graphic design gigs. It’s definitely worth it to me to spend $5 to have someone do better what might take me hours to do in Photoshop. I wish I’d known about Fiverr when I provided consulting and personal assistant services. Many of the sellers have been in areas where the USD goes further, such as India & The Philippines. One seller freaked out when I gave him corrective feedback about removing backgrounds from pictures. He wanted to cancel immediately. I got the sense he was very worried about a negative review. I understood that separating the background from my very curly hair is a challenge, & what he’d given me was worth more than $5. I had to practically beg him to take the money & assure him I would not give him a bad review. It sounds like one less than stellar review could really hurt a seller. However I still plan to offer a few gigs for the experience and exposure.

  • Mariah
    January 10, 2016 (1:44 am)

    Don’t use fiverr for quality work. You won’t get it. They are horrible at communicating and the work is poor because it’s so cheap.

  • Kristine
    February 16, 2016 (9:37 pm)

    What do you recommend then?
    I need assistant to do the blogging job, little designing, article writing…

  • Jennifer
    February 19, 2016 (7:22 pm)

    Boy, am I glad I stumbled across this page. I feel reassured that I am not alone in my frustrations of trying desperately to eke out a living with Fiverr. I’m a Level 2 seller currently, but I am ready to throw in the towel and call it quits as soon as I withdraw what is there in escrow. It’s been a roller-coaster ride for me where I never know when the next order is coming, I have had a short period of great activity but most of the time I find myself praying for a sale…exactly unheard of once you are at Level 2, right?? And I wholeheartedly agree that taking that 20% cut is ridiculous. Instead of a whole dollar, any reason that the cut couldn’t be something teeny like 25 cents? I don’t know who all these people there that are pulling in a rockstar’s profit…I’m glad I don’t have to take it personally.

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  • Shohag Islam Sourav
    March 17, 2016 (10:46 pm)

    there are also some buyer who don’t know anything but want to get big profit after paying 5$ when we get only 4$.

  • Elvin
    April 17, 2016 (1:45 am)

    Fiverr are suck for seller, when buyer contact fiverr support, for cancel the order, any time, no permission seller to agree to cancel the order automatic cancellation and need to take 14 days to get paid so suck

  • Fiverr Sucks: Digital Slave Wages
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    […] This is not a political rant so I will refrain from digressing. My rant is biased and subjective as a former seller who has personally dealt with the inept customer service, scammers who masquerade as legitimate buyers and of course, the overall idiotic one-sided policy which is negatively biased against the average seller. Apparently I am not alone in this sentiment. Fiverr does indeed suck for numerous reasons. […]

  • Dibs
    April 21, 2016 (6:50 pm)

    I Agree. I recently signed up to try an influencer marketing campaign. It was a total flop. I ordered 5 gigs and each one of them claimed they had over a million real followers. Well I ended up only getting 40 clicks and 36 of them were from India. I would of never done business with these people after seeing how fake their Twitters were. The issue with Fiverr here is they don’t provide any proof or show you who your buying from on their social media account. I ended up switching to another market place called HeadTalker that serves a specific purpose for social media influencers. They make all the sellers list their Profile URLs which helps avoid issues I faced previously on Fiverr by just buying into a black box. Additionally I liked the fact HeadTalker gigs could be low as $1 and also higher then $5. This is a major issue with Fiverr. Some gigs should be a $1 and then higher priced gigs aren’t possible really because people expect everything for $5. This prevents some of the more talented people from working on Fiverr or finding bigger social media influencers. They can’t change things much since they are glued to the name. I really wanted to like Fiverr but it ended up just sucking. This confirms I am not alone and others realize how bad Fiverr truly is.

  • No longer likes fiverr
    April 28, 2016 (7:51 am)

    I spent about $100 on Fiverr and all I got was jack shit!. Crap websites, crap seo, crap content. I dont know how this site gets away with this!

  • Oei
    June 15, 2016 (4:20 am)

    I honestly got more in Fiverr than Fr**lancer or U*work. Yes, the gig is started with $5, but there are custom offer where we can settle things out with the buyer, regarding the difficulty, deadline etc. I get $64 (after tax) per custom order from one client, and he ordered to me repeatedly until I reach thousands of USD, I worked around 3-4 days for each custom offer, while I still working on my full time job. I think this web is not that bad, we just need to do some research and study how to create a profitable gig.

    FYI, start on June 21, U*work will also cut 20% of our revenue, so I guess it’s pretty much the same, but I guess I have my luck in Fiverr….

  • resep kue kering
    June 14, 2017 (12:02 pm)

    Well, I am still selling in there. The only thing I want to add an email address is sometimes people want something that is not worth $5. But anyway, one thing I like about them is their fast customer support, now I am back to business. I also joined Gigbuck.com, so check out my gigs just find “fbdesign” in graphics category. See you there!

  • Rifkihawq
    July 13, 2017 (5:40 am)

    Hmm never knew about that, but thanks for sharing anyway

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