I've been using Fiverr since it was completely unknown. I think I opened my account the third or fourth week after they went live.
Anyway, I used to use it for all kinds of stuff -- ecovers, logos, blog headers, YouTube channel headers, timeline covers, article rewrites, etc, etc, etc.
It was great. Somebody advertised something for $5 and you got something nice for $5 and they made a little money (which I thought was the whole concept of Fiverr anyway).
Lately this has changed. It's near impossible to get the same quality of work done for $5. Now vendors want you to order 2 or 3 Gigs, buy this add on, etc. Anyhow, I don't know why they even call it "Fiverr" anymore because you rarely get anything for $5, and even when you do you end up paying $5.50 and not $5, so maybe they should change the name of the site to "Fiverr-Fifty."
This is all well and good. Sites change. Businesses evolve. I get it. The higher the Gig price, the more money Fiverr makes. Duly noted and I can certainly respect wanting to increase your profit margin. I also understand that if I don't like the rules then I can leave and not use Fiverr anymore.
However, one thing I simply cannot accept is what I like to call the "Fiverr bait & switch." It's simple. A seller advertises a service for $5, such as a logo, header, ecover, etc. Once you order they then contact you with some story about how it's going to be $15 and this is not a $5 order, etc. Sometimes they don't even say anything they just send you a custom order for $15 or $20 and let you question them.
Let me say that I have absolutely NO PROBLEM with someone wanting whatever they want for their service. That's their prerogative. That's why it's an open market and I can look elsewhere for lower prices if I want.
However, if they want $15 or $20 for a Gig then JUST SAY THAT in the Gig. It's not right to advertise your service for $5 and then once people order you tell them you cannot do the job for $5 but you 'll do it for $15. Totally wrong. It's false advertising.
I have tried to get a simple logo for one of my blogs for the last 3 days. I have placed 4 orders and this has happened on 3 out of the 4. Finally, last night I found someone who will actually deliver what they advertised, which is a logo for $5. Don't get me wrong -- I don't expect to get a $100 logo design for $5. The thing is though that I don't want a $100 logo. It's a blog I am going to throw up 25-30 good unique articles on and put up some Adsense ads and a few opt-in forms. I don't want to be spending all kinds of money on a blog that is going to probably make me $25-$50 a month profit.
Now before any graphic designers or writers get up in arms, let me reiterate that I have no problem with a writer or designer getting whatever they want for their work. If they are good at what they do then they deserve to get paid well for it.
However, if you advertise a logo for $5 don't come back to me with a long sob story about you usually only work on freelance sites and you are used to getting a lot more for your work, etc. I could care less. I only want what you advertised. If you don't want to do it for $5 then don't advertise it for $5.