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Thursday, January 20, 2022

For five bucks, you can have a fake Facebook boyfriend.

Or a letter from the Easter bunny.

Or a small paper effigy burnt of your enemy.

Fiverr.com is a free-to-use online marketplace where people post “gigs” they are willing to do for $5.

The gigs range from funny to helpful and are divided into 12 categories, including advertising, fun and bizarre, writing, business, and social marketing.

Anyone looking to earn some extra cash can sell a service for a flat rate of $5.

For each sale, the buyer pays $5 via PayPal, and the seller receives $4. The Web site keeps $1, which is its primary source of income.

UF computer engineering senior Ashneel Singh has used Fiverr for help proofreading papers, merging PDF files and creating a Web site.

His message to future Fiverr shoppers: You get what you pay for.

“Nobody is going to waste a lot of time producing a service they are getting paid $4 for,” he said. “If it’s a mediocre job, I still only paid $5, and I still didn’t have to do it myself.”

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