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Freelance Work From Home - Please Avoid Bark.com!
I’ve always tried to keep the website Positive, sharing links that benefit in some way like competitions, free downloads whilst giving my own honest opinions regardless of if it’s the top affiliate link or not.
I’ve certainly never wished it to be a forum to bitch about other websites and companies. I prefer ignorance for those that I don’t like. But these guys have really hit a nerve.
A bit of background, every now and then I end up replying to random emails, normaly from something like this where I have signed up and completely forgot about it.
Now, you may be pleasantly surprised as to just were or what a cheeky reply email will get you! I’ve bagged some great stuff over the years just from replying to random emails inc premium accounts, upgrades, free stuff
Freelance work from home involves sending and receiving a lot of emails.
Doing a usual email check, there was an email in my inbox from bark.com offering me 25% off. Intrigued, as I couldn’t remember signing up, I thought I’d check out who they were and what they were about?
A quick check on their site and my reply to the email was simple.
Something along the lines of “you want 60 quid just for me to answer a classified ad?”
But as I was replying I realised bark.com were using credits as opposed to charging a fee. Coincidentally something I had just recently been reading about with PlayStation. Which got me into my investigation mode.
Companies use credits for the one simple reason.
Rather than customers fighting back a fee for services unfit for purpose or for whatever the reason may be. Credits eliminate this by becoming a product.
So regardless of whatever issue may arise between the purchaser and company, the law is simple: Did the credits work as they were supposed to? (basically, could you use them regardless of outcome. did they perform their job? just by using them you have fulfilled their purpose, therefore they work)
Of course the answer is yes.
The credits worked as they were intended, thus never a refund is ever issued.
As soon as credits are bought the need for refund is eliminated unless they are unused, but even then you’d have a hard time arguing to get your money back. Bark have even tried putting in their terms, a clause for credit card chargebacks (I doubt it is very legally binding, but I am no expert in law )
Bark.com gave another huge red flag in my eyes, when I searched for reviews.
A full page of 5 Gold stars!
Way too many good reviews to even have a sniff of all being real.
This is my genuine email reply
How long would a normal person wait until they thought Hmmm, maybe they’re not going to choose me? How long would you wait for Emma, for your 8 quid?
Finally extra screwed over nicely to end with, thanks to a full priced auto top up system. least not forgetting the inability to delete one’s account. Even if no purchase has been made!!!
Shocking on so many levels. Scam on all of them
For the record I don’t doubt Bark.com have real freelancers joining or that there are genuine people requiring work, searching on the website.
As far as I can tell everything is above board.
My issue arises with the snakey, slimey way that they go about it.
A website full of tricks and traps to make you part with your money, assuring you with twisting words whilst making sure they themselves are completely blameless, shielded by their terms.
They advertise to potential clients, that they search thousands of freelancers, yet from the freelancer side they have to pay (in the region of 8 quid) just to put their name down for a job. Nothing back if you don’t get awarded the job, not even an automated reply to advise you that you have been unsuccessful.
Of course, there’s no mention to potential clients that the freelancers have to pay to respond because of course, most people have morals and wouldn’t go ahead knowing that the people they were potentially hiring had to pay just respond.
In the 5star reviews that I mentioned earlier, clients happily bragg about window shopping or pricing up for future jobs completely oblivious the people vying for them are being charged for the pleasure.
The utter bullshit of their “get hired guarantee” is mere fancy wording for ‘ we will give you some credits again’
Even websites that are my personal eternal enemies give you your money back when they’re shit.
Of course there are plenty of other websites out there for freelancers that don’t charge upfront, they do try and verify their clients on both sides and for the most part have reasonable reassurances. I’m far from saying they are faultless, personally, I’ve had issues with them all but the issues have been solved, without hiding behind terms or shirking away from responsibility. Actual cash refunds have been given and of course money has been earned
Upwork would certainly be my pick of the bunch simply because I’ve earned more with them and had less issues. That’s not to say it’s true for everyone though, only from my experience. I have read of some crazy problems with Upwork for people so it’s not all peaches and cream.
People per hour have never really hit my radar for work nor for any problematic issues, so I can’t really give an opinion. I’ve read and heard good and bad. UK based if I’m not mistaken.
Fiverr, again like people per hour, don’t really fit the sort of freelance work I am looking for. Again, I’ve heard good and bad and feel it’s more of a personal preference on a person by person basis.
Freelancer is where I have had my biggest issue freelancing and I know I am not happy with the outcome I’m willing to accept some blame on my part. Freelancer it’s another website like the others fore mentioned, where personal preference take presidence.