Some of you might be familiar with a website called Fiverr, you may have even used it. For those of you who haven’t, it is a website where you can buy services such as:
- Graphics & Design
- Digital Marketing -You can buy “likes” “good reviews” etc…
- Writing & Translation
- Video & Animation
- Music & Audio
- Programming & Tech
- Fun & Lifestyle
The gimmick is you can get the services for 5 bucks, hence the name Fiverr. Seems pretty great right? Well for some people maybe, but for others it can quite the opposite.
You may have been a victim to a phone or online scam in the past, it’s no fun. Ebay and even Amazon aren’t immune to these tricky deviants. Fiverr is like a magnet to con-artists (no pun intended.) It is very easy to make an account and start “designing” for eager consumers. I personally have a friend that used them to make logos, a website, and videos for his own business, only to have them not complete the task saying they needed more money for a laptop to finish his website (basically holding it for ransom.) They’ll claim to be English speaking designers only to turn out to be [Insert a language you don’t know here] speaking, which can cause problems in communicating your specific needs.
Many authentic designers will find their own original artwork being copied and sold. Which is messed up for the designer but it can cause serious problems for the client when a business sues them for stealing their already existent logo!
Back to Quality
Now, you may have found a designer who isn’t a scammer. Awesome! Are they a good designer? It is possible for good designers to supply bad work. Check out 5 Minute Logo, Von is an excellent designer and made this site in jest and I think his FAQ statement says it all
“Question: ‘Can I art direct you?’
You can make any suggestion for the design, but more than likely I’ll do what ever I want because you’re a cheap-a$$ only paying $5.”
I’ll admit, even his “bad” logos are still pretty good. He seems to have turned this joke into a way to hone
his skills. Another example would be Horrible Logos, which tries even less. Think of a burger, you can get a Big Mac for $3.99. Will it satiate you? Sure. Will you hate your self a little bit after eating it? Most likely. Will you get what I like to call the “McPains” even later? definitely. A 5 Guys cheeseburger will cost you $7.69. And I can say I’ve yet to be disappointed with one yet. Did it cost more? Yes. Was it fresh beef? Yes. Did I get sick? No. Did I hate myself afterwards? No!
As with most things in life, you get what you pay for and there are no free rides.