Increased fees of Freelancer.com is no way inspiring…

Today, I got an email from freelancer.com (formerly getafreelancer.com shortly GAF), that they have reviewed the month fees for gold membership. Unfortunately, I rarely see revision comes with low costs ;). No exception here. They increased the gold membership fee from $12/month to $20/month.

To me, this is tolerable, though. However, the most rubbish thing they applied that they will still charge per project from the gold members. The gold members has to pay 3% for each project. No way I can appreciate this.

Comparing other freelancing sites, their prices are still good. However, this is the cause we are here. Moreover, allmost all other freelancing sites provides payment guarantee. That means, when you are get paid, money is really yours. It is not true for GAF. They can’t provide such guarantee. I am the victim of such incidents.

Once, I have worked with a rapidleech stuff with a customer. The customer was happy with the service and provided a 10 of 10 ranking. However, after a few days, I see my account is balance is $40 lower. Reviewing the log, I see GAF reversed a $40 payment but they never cared informing me. So, contacting support I came to know that, the customer filed a charge back in PayPal. As PayPal charged GAF account, they charged my account accordingly. They also told me that they will update me about the dispute but never they did unless I again and again contacted them. One day, finally I came to know (after querying even this time) that PayPal fully credited the original buyer so they won’t return me the money.

This happened more than 6 months ago. However, I did not write about it. When, today, I got their mail about increased fee, it ignited me to write on it. I have good ratings in other freelancing sites but I planned to sticked here because of cheap charges and minimum $30 project values. I have seen buyers in RentACoder.com and scriptlances.com offers $5, $10 for some projects. That’s why I used not to bid there.

Moreover, I requested my personal customers to open projects in GAF. But I won’t do it again from now as it will cost me.

  • Very sad news.

  • Its a funny story! !!… Like laptop history 😉

  • Bhavik Shah

    Very good, informing others.

  • An

    Freelancer is filled with lots of rubbish, in my opinion they got lots of issues going on with their financial side, they suspend accounts when request withdraws, suspend accounts with balance remain. Suspend buyers without caring if a project is going on or not. Total BS. I started freelance career in Freelancer but now I work on Elance getting well paid for projects comparing to Freelancer.

  • The HungryCoder

    So far I know, this time they increased the fee silently! Pirates!

  • Freelancer is filled with lots of rubbish, in my opinion they got lots of issues going on with their financial side, they suspend accounts when request withdraws, suspend accounts with balance remain. Suspend buyers without caring if a project is going on or not. Total BS. I started freelance career in Freelancer but now I work on Elance getting well paid for projects comparing to Freelancer.

  • Chaim Kovalsky

    Freelancer.com is unprofessional. They outed my private data after I dared to criticize them. Read my story: http://www.getahindu.blogspot.com