Fiverr's in the Daily Mail (Witch Doctors and Alcoholics Speshul Report)

The story’s not quite as thunderous as I hoped it would be :frowning: Although they did get an expert in to say the gigs were “truly bizarre.” The gigs have been closed, although both sellers are still on the platform with the usual assortment of magick and witcherie spells that you might expect.

Someone should share this in the forum - one of the regs (yes, that one) is now in a DM screenshot of gig results! Plus, it would create drama - someone who thinks that these kinds of gigs are bad always comes along, which means effortless popcorn. There’s also the racist angle :wink: though the tenor of the DM story is definitely more about protecting the vulnerable alkies, if you ask me.

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In the UK we had the ‘Fraudulent Mediums Act 1951’ which was replaced in 2008 by ‘the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008’.
This article gives more of an idea:
https://paganfed.org/index.php/federation/pf-guidance-and-advice/fraudulent-mediums-act

Not sure if everyone will be able to see this article, but under the new law, services have to be offered with the disclaimer that they’re ‘for entertainment only’ and ‘not experimentally proven’.

The Advertising Standards Authority also has some very clear advice:
https://www.asa.org.uk/asset/32FC4F60-ADF8-4019-AA7F7F4258117CFF/

I’m no legal expert, and am unsure how UK buyers are covered by such laws when buying services from non-UK websites. Should UK based sellers be working within the UK rules? Should all UK buyers be covered by UK law?

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The oldest joke in the book :slight_smile: IDK about the legal stuff. How can you ensure that hundreds of thousands/millions of unvetted gigs follow the laws of all the countries of the world on Fiverr? Presumably the onus falls on sellers to ensure they’re following their own local laws (and perhaps those of the buyer), but it seems very difficult and practically unenforceable (at least without incurring gigantic expenses that would inevitably fall on the platform’s users).

There’s certainly no (obvious) suggestion that the gigs are for entertainment only when you browse these gigs or look at one. I think that Fiverr would rather keep them though, as they’re clearly a good source of revenue. Perhaps these gigs are presented - like all others - in the spirit of caveat emptor? Just get rid of any that get a little bit too much attention. That won’t save idiots from ordering from other idiots/outright scammers, though.

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In the case of some of these gigs, the buyers might be desperate, dying etc. They’re probably in a different league to a buyer looking for an article or a logo.

I’ll be honest, I think the whole section should be removed, but can understand why it’s still there.

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That’s an argument for advocates of a free market to argue for, I think. Personally, I’m not against the whole section as there are a lot of people who enjoy these services who aren’t in dire straits.

I also think that if I was the sort of person who would buy them, I’d probably go to one of the more specialist sites that focus exclusively on mediums/witches/etc. - it wouldn’t even occur to me that Fiverr would offer them (and given how these people usually have eye-watering prices, I’d be a little sus of the prices, too).

Those desperate people are going to go somewhere and none of those sites are really going to care about much beyond the bottom line. Fiverr might as well profit anyway, right? Perhaps add some disclaimers and stuff though. Pretty sure that won’t impact the purchases as most people into this are aware that a lot of people think the services are bunk/scams so will just think it’s there for legal ass-covering. Which it is, really.

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Hm - reading the FF thread in its entirety, I’m not sure that this is advice that should really be taken seriously. It might also be a little biased?


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I wasn’t wrong about the :popcorn:!

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When I read some of the reviews I’m under the impression that there are folks out there that believe in these stuff.

I’ve bought a few but for fun. I didn’t believe the love of my life is going to be running back into my arms or that I’ll become a millionaire.

If someone really believes it, then it definitely does more harm then help.

Edit: sGoing to read thread now. Hopefully, it’s still there.

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In Serbia, those services are illegal.

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What else can be expected to come out of that brain? :roll_eyes:

These people make a living taking advantage of ignorance and superstitions of others. They don’t mind anything but their own pocket. And yes, I’m calling them scammers. There’s no other name, sorry.

The saddest was having to read health, and even worse, life, being compared to a video or a gig rank.

I apologize for having said all this, but I just couldn’t help it anymore…

I totally agree with you.

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That’s far and away the silliest thing I’ve read on the Fiverr forum. :laughing:

I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and say it’s because she’s biased; although, I secretly suspect she lacks back reasoning skills.

I’ll say no more on the matter just in case she casts a spell to turn all of Hungryone’s treats into cauliflowers. :wink:

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And the most irresponsible. :slightly_frowning_face:

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Ha, ha, ha! :rofl::rofl::rofl:

I figured it was just a joke. I mean a person who spends over a decade in school and training vs well, :smirk: !

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Oh no, this person is deadly serious when she says spells can cure any problem. And if you doubt her, you shouldn’t, because doctors sometimes make mistakes and, well, logo designers deliver crappy products sometimes, too. So that settles it!

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