Let me start out with a slap-on-the-wrist disclaimer of "I should know better" and "low cost ≠ good". I'm not a Wal-Mart shopper for exactly this reason. But, somewhere in my head (where will power fails) I keep thinking it's good karma to give the new guy work, to try out the new widget, to fund that oh-so-improbably-impractical-Kickstarter campaign. P.T. Barnum was right, I am the sucker he spoke about. Anywhoo...
I love the web and all the crazy ideas it brings. I'm a fan of just about any new way of doing business via my keyboard or tablet. I like the shaking up of the old method. But, as you know, the promise almost never equals the reality. For example, Fiverr.
I just starting to put together this new site and thought it might be fun to have someone design a logo and another to write my bio.
The promise of Fiverr is "I'll do ______ for $5". But, as many have figured out, that's just the entry price to starting the discussion. For an extra $10 the person will also do _______. I know, I know, it sounds like a madlib for the sex industry but it's simply a way of gaming the system.
I found a guy who, for $5, will create a "retro vintage logo". His stuff was interesting and, hey, it's just $5.
Well, I'm in sort-of a hurry and for an additional $10 you'll get it in 1 day (average is 7) and for another $10 you can get the Illustrator file (otherwise it's just a PNG). So, I'm in for $25.
To set the whole thing up I sent the designer this text:
He also asked for some samples of things I liked so, I gave him these great designs I found on Dribbble:
With those examples he was off and free to create his great vision.
About 8 hours later I got a notification that my temp logo was done. Wow! Only 8 hours...this guy must be really good! And, after a little back and forth, here's what I got:
Hrmph. Not bad with the sword flourish but it just feels like someone who has a large font collection.
At the same time I was having a logo made, I thought it would be nice to have someone write a bio. Of the dozens of writers available on Fiverr I found a person who had this very simple mantra: "words neatly arranged". Okay, I'm in for another $25 (that got me 250 words vs a sentence for $5).
As not to impart any creative direction and leave the outcome to the writer's genius, I gave him the following information:
About 2 days later I got my bio. Then, about 9 minutes later, I got a second revision. Trust me when I say the final revision didn't add much:
*Sigh* Kinda just reads like a LinkedIn profile regurgitated, doesn't it? Well, it is.
Is there a moral to this story? Perhaps not. I'm still going to try and find new and interesting ways to spend money. I really do think there's some diamonds in the rough out there...somewhere.
Interested in giving it a go? Contact me.