Fiverr Arbtration and why I don’t agree with it.

Fiverr Arbitration is when a third party decides to use your talent and make it theirs, charging more money for it. You create it and they sell it for higher. This is purely my opinion but it bothers me. If you do not know, Fiverr is a really cool site where you can hire someone to create something for you. Anything you can imagine can be found from voice Impressionists, proofreaders for your novel, graphic designers, silly services, website designers, musicians, and an entire population of artists and creators, along with a guy who will wear a rubber horse mask and sing a song of your choice for you, on video. Yes, he makes money doing it. It’s fun to look through. I love Fiverr. I get to work in the arts on the side, make some extra cash, and sell to people all over the world. I just completed video trailers for clients in Australia, Italy and Israel.

Fiver is set up quite well. You search for a service, see their finished jobs created for other clients, and place the order. It is very easy and fun. Most jobs start at $5, hence the name Fiverr. I do video editing for marketing. Here are one of my Fiverr gigs for video editing, marketing. My clients range from authors promoting their books to companies needing a video for the website or client.

Fiverr Arbitration is when a third-party decides to get involved. They will purchase a gig from Fiverr then sell it someone else for higher. If an artist charges $5 for a gig they make $3. Fiverr takes a cut. The third party may look to Craigslist or elsewhere and find someone needing the service, charging them $50 or more, as an example. Some large companies have turned to Fiverr to outsource work. Instead of a marketing department, why not go to Fiverr and hire a few design artists for $10 or $20? Once product is received, they can easily sell it to their business client for whatever they want. $100, $500, etc.

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My editing suite at Rotter studios

I know this is how business works but it bothers me as an artist and Fiverr designer. I will never charge $5 for my video work unless it’s something I can knock out in 5 minutes or less. Even then, I won’t do it. I don’t fee comfortable with anyone using my work and passing it off as their own. Granted, I’m getting paid so it shouldn’t matter, but it does matter to me. Maybe it’s because these third-party vultures are seeing it as easy money. They put a price on art. I can’t put a price on art. It’s hard to determine what to sell for. We put the hours in and they reap the benefits. Again, Fiverr people are getting paid so I guess that’s all they care about. For this reason I will not price anything starting at $5. I’m proud of my work and it comes with a price. I have plenty of satisfied clients, many of them return clients. I’m averaging way more than $5. Could I get more clients if I charged less? Sure, but why would I do that? Work way more hours for way less?

I know my work has been sold for higher by a couple of clients and although it bothers me a little bit, I’m ok with that because I made the money I felt comfortable with.

You will see people selling their books on marketing and Fiverr arbitration which are nothing more than get rich quick schemes. If you want to start a business being a third-party, I just gave you all the information you need. Save your $20 on their stupid book.

What do you think? I know business has middlemen and that’s how things work, but for me, I just don’t like it. Kind of like how I have never and will never steal or rip a CD or DVD movie. Being an artist I believe in giving back. Knowing how many hours, weeks, months it takes to turn out a film or album, I’ll gladly spend the $10-$15 for that entertainment that I will keep forever.

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Steve

 

 

 

 

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