Is Fiverr really a place where you spend only $5?

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I have seen a lot of changes on Fiverr gigs' prices, incrementing for almost anything you can find there.

It's well known that Fiverr is used to be a famous source of outsourcing for many marketers that spend hundreds at it.
But, I have noticed that everyday more and more sellers are increasing prices for no reason, well, they have a good reason and it's because they know their time is valuable.

But is it not suppossed to be a place where everything cost just $5?
Don't misunderstand me. I think that's ok that some people charge what their work really worth but this is something that is killing Fiverr's own business as to my understanding.

First you have to pay the extra $0.50 per processing fee. Then sellers are selling less for $5 I.E. before, some fiverrs offered to make a video reviewing a website and it cost $5 and lasted 1 or 2 mins. Now they offer only a few seconds of video per gig and of course you need to purchase many gigs to get at least one minute of video .

The same for other gigs, like web maitenance, logo design, voiceover, etc.

While I think that charging more is good for sellers, Fiverr still keeps the 20%, plus the exceeding of processing fees tough.
The only that remain at the same are SEO gigs and article writing.
I am seeing less orders for some gigs and Fiverr being not a place where you can spend only $5 anymore.
Are you marketers, buying the same volume from Fiverr?
Do you think that Fiverr is killing its own business?
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  • Profile picture of the author icoachu
    There's a FLIGHT TO QUALITY.

    Gig sellers who actually PRODUCE HIGH QUALITY SERVICES are raising their prices.

    This is a great opportunity for people starting out.

    It's also a great opportunity for gig sellers who know their stuff is quality to get PAID what they're worth.

    Everyone wins... if you think about it hard enough.
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    • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
      Yeah me to. I feel fiverr is a fantastic place for new people to get their feet wet and feel what it is like to make a few bucks online. Why I suggest people to play with fiverr is first they deal with the traffic for the most part. They are the traffic source! Fiverr is a great place to learn about working with people. See you can't just make money online by trying to sell or talk to everyone. You have to know who your ideal prospect is and I feel fiverr helps show that. They did for me.

      What you do is simply research what is selling hot and just copy them and watch the sales come in! Spending maybe five, ten minutes per day I average close to a thousand bucks per month working with fiverr. I know people who make a lot, lot more. My main thing is affiliate marketing and becoming a super affiliate. Then its product creation time and train other affiliates to go sell my product for me.

      ok, goto go... My company just showed up. Time to go hang out on the back porch, drink some beer and cook up some swordfish I got from Adams today. Everybody be good...
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  • Profile picture of the author heruma
    When Fiverr just started, it is an experiment of what people are willing to do for $5.

    As times goes by, some gigs who give QUALITY services started to get a lot of orders. Since his/her time is the limiting factor, he/she has to increase the price and harvest only those who know the quality of his/her work and willing to pay the extra.

    My wife hair dresser charged $50 for a hair cut, when he just start out it was only $10.

    I used the $5 to find out good designer for logo - usually new gig. If they give me "original" design then, there will be more job going their way from me.

    Many people tell me not to go to fiverr for logo design, but It work quite well for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author nmwf
    There are a ton of Fiverr-clone alternatives, but there's also a price-increasing trend across all of these kinds of service sites. Nothing you can do about it really - except use a different resource. I certainly wouldn't worry about Fiverr's bottom line, though.

    If they're losing business, that's their problem.
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    • Profile picture of the author ireshsl
      It's true. Basic Gig option ($5) of most of good sellers not even cover your basic requirement.
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    • Originally Posted by nmwf View Post

      There are a ton of Fiverr-clone alternatives, but there's also a price-increasing trend across all of these kinds of service sites. Nothing you can do about it really - except use a different resource. I certainly wouldn't worry about Fiverr's bottom line, though.

      If they're losing business, that's their problem.
      You made a good point. But I think that if it loses business, they will get less traffic, less buyers, less money for sellers and sellers will lose interest on selling on Fiverr. Eventually this will leave marketers without this important resource where now they can get some cheap outsourcing.
      Despite the fact that its business model will be a failure at the end.

      When it started, it was a marketplace with 'the things people do for $5' and 'The place for people to share things they're willing to do for $5'
      Now it should be named 'the marketplace where you can buy services starting at $5.50'

      But as majority say, higher prices equal to better quality. Hopely that will be true.
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      • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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        Originally Posted by TopSocialMarketing View Post

        Despite the fact that its business model will be a failure at the end.
        I'm sure that Fiverr will be around long after most of us are pushing up flowers. There will a;ways be folks willing to offer their services for low rates, for many different reasons.

        Cheers. - Frank
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  • Profile picture of the author OptimisticGrin
    As you alluded to, it depends on the type of service/product you're after. Every seller must offer some basic gig for $5, though that's not to say it will meet your needs. In short, Fiverr is a marketplace; the prices are based on what buyers are willing to pay. Typically, the better quality (better reviewed) gigs can charge a higher price. The one exception, I think, can be found in sellers who are just starting out. You may have to dig around a bit and communicate with the seller beforehand, but this group is eager to establish themselves, often exceeding expectations with the goal of building a strong reputation.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ron C Farrow
      I use Fiverr regularly and accept that established sellers charge the going rate. That is the same price you would expect to pay on say Elance or Odesk.

      The new entrants is definitely where the value is.

      On one occasion I bought a gig from a seller for $5, same gig, same seller 3 months later, $50! Good for him, showed I can still pick winners from the ranks of the new sellers.

      Personally I believe that Fiverr is getting better but that is because it has become a mainstream freelance site.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Druman
    I think fiverr was created in a time, not so long ago, really, when everyone was in a race to the bottom. Well, not everyone, but the majority. In recent years that has changed a lot and the trend is now back towards the top.

    Thankfully.
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  • It's like when the 'Crazy $10 store' just became the 'Crazy Store' where they are now selling items priced well over $100
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    • Profile picture of the author shmeeko69
      The site has become a bit of a pain for both buyers and sellers.

      In November 2014 they introduced a new 50s processing fee which equates to 10% of the average order. It might not seem like a lot, but the site is called Fiverr and not FiverrFifty which I've mentioned to their moderators with a view to them removing this unwanted fee.

      The gig extras has been in place for quite a while and a good facility for sellers to ramp up their offers and order value (something which I agree on and can be beneficial to both parties).

      Going forward, I don't think the Fiverr site is going in the right direction. Why? They don't listen to their customers or take on board what they're unhappy with and most of us know what happens to businesses when they do that!
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      • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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        Personally, I have never had a bad experience on Fiverr and I have been using it for years. I read the reviews, communicate with the gigger beforehand and know exactly what I want while making sure that they do, also. Good communication goes a long way toward a successful outcome - in most things in life.

        I get top-flight ads for my radio station for $5 that save me a boatload of work and lend variety to my broadcasts. I have used VA's from Fiverr, a few InDesign and and AfterEffects folks, too. I'm certainly not concerned about paying a 50¢ premium on a $5 gig. But that's just me. lol

        Cheers. - Frank
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        • Profile picture of the author morg2k2
          I think you need to ask yourself, if you were excellent in your work would you do it for $5 bucks, well I mean for $4 bucks and in some cases It can take a few hours to accomplish it (for example a great Logo design).


          Probably you wouldn't´t work for a low rate. Even here in WF an affordable logo will cost you $15 - $20 , so for 3x - 4x times more.


          I think if the Professional is really good why not to pay him decently. I remember a few months ago I have ordered from a caricaturist to make one of my wife´s doll into an awesome caricature, this guy is a top grade professional and I have paid hid $25 with a bunch of extras... If I went to freelancer for example to the same level of quality it would cost me at least $200 so I think we need to pay these guys decently (at least).


          That's my view about it.
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          • Profile picture of the author esolver
            Fiverr still remains the best and cheapest outsourcing platform. I got a video created for me on fiverr for just $5 while other freelancers changing $27 for that same service. Most time fiverr services are much more better because sellers are always afraid of bad reviews from buyers.
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          • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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            Originally Posted by morg2k2 View Post

            I think if the Professional is really good why not to pay him decently.
            If they are willing to work for $5 and have full gigs that cost $5 - then you are paying them decently.

            Do I add to their 'tip jar?' Of course, if they are pleasant to deal with.

            I would never work for $5. That's why I don't have gigs on Fiverr. They would and they do.

            Cheers. - Frank
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            • Profile picture of the author morg2k2
              Originally Posted by BigFrank View Post

              If they are willing to work for $5 and have full gigs that cost $5 - then you are paying them decently.

              Do I add to their 'tip jar?' Of course, if they are pleasant to deal with.

              I would never work for $5. That's why I don't have gigs on Fiverr. They would and they do.

              Cheers. - Frank

              Its obvious they are not being paid decently, if you read the Fiverr forum you will notice that.


              Its a question survival for many.
              From exploring people to paying them decently there is a big difference, but I believe people loves to explore others....


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              • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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                Originally Posted by morg2k2 View Post

                Its obvious they are not being paid decently, if you read the Fiverr forum you will notice that.


                Its a question survival for many.
                From exploring people to paying them decently there is a big difference, but I believe people loves to explore others....


                Morg
                If, as you suggest, it's a matter of survival for them, I am not exploiting them, rather I am helping them survive.

                Additionally, there are many people selling on Fiverr that are doing quite well for themselves and are way past 'survival' status.

                Cheers. - Frank
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                • Profile picture of the author morg2k2
                  Originally Posted by BigFrank View Post

                  If, as you suggest, it's a matter of survival for them, I am not exploiting them, rather I am helping them survive.

                  Additionally, there are many people selling on Fiverr that are doing quite well for themselves and are way past 'survival' status.

                  Cheers. - Frank

                  well it depends in your definition of exploit. Helping to survive its quite different to be paid decently.




                  Sure there are some, below 5% of the pack that are quite well, but we are not talking about those I do believe.
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                  • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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                    Originally Posted by morg2k2 View Post

                    well it depends in your definition of exploit. Helping to survive its quite different to be paid decently.
                    "Paid decently" is a relative term that is different for every individual. Everyone has a different meaning as it relates to remuneration for the word 'decent.'

                    Cheers. - Frank
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              • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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                Originally Posted by morg2k2 View Post

                Its obvious they are not being paid decently, if you read the Fiverr forum you will notice that.
                No one puts a gun to their head to offer gigs there. Who do you know in life that feels they are being fairly compensated for their time, as in, "I'm quite happy with what I'm making and would not like a raise."

                Get serious. - Frank
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                • Profile picture of the author morg2k2
                  Originally Posted by BigFrank View Post

                  No one puts a gun to their head to offer gigs there. Who do you know in life that feels they are being fairly compensated for their time, as in, "I'm quite happy with what I'm making and would not like a raise."

                  Get serious. - Frank

                  Well Frank it depends a lot, I know many people that are happy to have a balance between their Professional wage and the time they have to be with their family, kids, etc.
                  Some of them believe they are in the right company with the right salary, etc...


                  So that´s not a black or white opinion.


                  About Fiverr i believe they should charge more for their work, who thinks its too expensive they can find another place to buy, simple as that.
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                  • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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                    Originally Posted by morg2k2 View Post

                    About Fiverr i believe they should charge more for their work, who thinks its too expensive they can find another place to buy, simple as that.
                    What does it matter what you feel? They charge for their work what they want to charge. While the basic gig may be $5, the can add as many additional upsells as they want to raise the price as much as they want.

                    Let them run their lives the way that they see fit for themselves or just become a philanthropist and send them all a nice PayPal. :-)

                    Cheers. - Frank
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                      • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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                        Originally Posted by morg2k2 View Post

                        Your statement says it all...
                        Translation: "I am unable to supply a meaningful response to you question."

                        Additionally, I never realized that I'm so incredibly pithy. lol

                        Cheers. - Frank
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  • Profile picture of the author powerofschool
    It is good to have more options on Fiverr. Gig extras really help the people who are giving more Quality Products to get valuable Price .
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  • Profile picture of the author ryan2008
    Yes there are great 5 dollar gigs on fiverr but you need to look at the review's
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    • Profile picture of the author yiotis
      Before some years was $5 and some extra $ the gigs. Now most of them want much more than $5 and also want from $10 up to $50 per gig.
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      • Profile picture of the author jdcharnell
        Depending on the gig I have no problem paying more than $5 for "premium" services. I could get the basic $5 gig, but the quality is meh, and I know it's still a whole lot cheaper than going alternate routes.
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  • Profile picture of the author ContentPro22
    Everything is five bucks, but you can also pay for "add ons" (like getting it faster, etc.)
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  • Profile picture of the author Bridgitte
    The same things is on Freelancer, they charge me 7 $ for a transaction of 250 $. Is not a lot, but if you use fiverr for many orders you will realise how much money you pay just for transactions.
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    • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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      Originally Posted by Bridgitte View Post

      The same things is on Freelancer, they charge me 7 $ for a transaction of 250 $. Is not a lot, but if you use fiverr for many orders you will realise how much money you pay just for transactions.
      Let me see if I've got this, correct. The more I use something, the more it costs me. Now, what does that remind me of? Oh, yeah! Real life.

      Cheers. - Frank
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  • Profile picture of the author icandi
    I used Fiverr maybe 4 years ago and made a few sales, now everyone seems to be selling WSO's or $7 ebooks on how to make $1000's per month on Fiverr - all a bit ironic as generally it boils down to buy from seo clerks or similar for $1 sell for $4 nett. I still check out Fiverr if I need a voiceover or a quick design when we don't have time, sure there are upsells (we have them on WSO's just a different name i.e. OTO's) no different to off line businesses having "loss leaders" to get you into the store or pick up the phone. One thing to remember is that not all Fiverr sellers are in the USA or UK and $4 goes a long way, even here in Malaysia where the exchange rate is 3.7 for one dollar, so one Gig is worth maybe the equivalent of $18 in some countries it's probably quite easy to get a full time income from Fiverr, Odesk, etc ... Global Economy benefits some folks, Many large Corporations including many major Banks outsource customer service and telesales to where Labour is cheaper so many call centres were moved to Asia from the UK once VOIP became mainstream. Just my thoughts...
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  • Profile picture of the author Cleberl1
    My experience says that's hard to purchase an effective service with good quality for only $5.00. There are many gigs with people promising services that would easy costs more than $100.
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  • Profile picture of the author jordantyj
    Although it was only $5, it's only for basic gigs. but for sellers who like to charge more for their services and time, they have the option to go above the $5 price. Which is not that bad at all.. You can't expect for the work to be done perfectly without buying a little more
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    • Profile picture of the author jobdollarr
      There is a price for the quality.

      I think the sellers are also aware, the quality they provide.
      Usually, new sellers will sell at low prices.

      And top saler will sell upsell
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  • Profile picture of the author umeysh
    i found fiverr good and bad mixed results there, sometime some people are scamming others
    few gigis like logo and graphics work is good there.
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  • Profile picture of the author cindynorwood
    well fiverr is a great place and you would agree with me that after admin commissions working for just $4 can be too much stress, so there has to be a way for sellers to make something close to what they deserve for services one can get outside of fiverr for tens if not hundreds of dollars.
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  • Profile picture of the author dustychimes
    It really depends on the gig in question. Some gigs are five bucks and you're done and others require $100+ especially for something like voiceover work done by a professional, voicing multiple hundreds of words.
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  • Profile picture of the author winnermarketing
    On fiver you could also spend hundreds of $ if you want a quality service.
    Of course you could havo god luck and find a boog service with only just 5$!!
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  • Profile picture of the author heavenswebmaster
    I think Fivers is evolving...

    WarriorPlus, for example, started with small fees, then with 2%, now is 3.9% fees.

    Smart Fiverr vendors use the art of the funnel... and simply upsell you for bigger and better.

    And the FIVERR company profits from high volume transactions, as many other companies do.

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  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    Bought a logo on Fiverr for a fiver and it was great. I now go back to the same guy for my logos and pay him $20+ for his work.

    Just bought another gig from a seller for $30.

    Don't need to sell for a fiver if your work is good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by TopSocialMarketing View Post

    Do you think that Fiverr is killing its own business?
    I'm confident that they know what they're doing. Even eBay had to modify pricing and now offers shipping via ebay instead of paypal. Nevertheless... if Fiverr was killing its own business and didn't know it.... all they would have to do is contact me, pay me $20,000... and i'd turn things around for them.

    Simple.

    But unfortunately, they probably wouldn't call me.... and i wouldn't want them to.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Moore
    Starts with 5$ but often ends at about $30 for me. A new one is having 12 day delivery time and then for 5$ extra you can get it in 2. And the guy have 0 orders in line...
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  • Profile picture of the author RecessionPROOF
    Like everything, you get what you pay for in the end, so the loss leader promotions are just that, designed to attract your first business venture, but they all turn out to cost more to get the results you were expecting.
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