When I pick gigs, this is usually the formula I use to lower the chance of getting a bum deal: Look at the seller's feedback How many positives/negatives do they have? Is the feedback generic comments such as "Great job!" or "I Love It!" or is it more detailed? How long ago was the most recent feedback left? Are there any large gaps in feedback dates? (Does it skip from "one month ago" to "yesterday?") How much of the feedback is by the same person? (if it's a lot, beware!) See how long the gig has been posted (longer = a more quality gig) Notice any trends in feedback left (to see if the "buyers" are actually different, or the same people using multiple ID's) What Level is the Seller at? (I tend to trust Top-Rated Sellers the most, followed by Level 2 next) Does the seller have many gigs or just a few? (few = a specialist, while many gigs = an opportunist) Are they similar or very different? (similar = specialist, while very different = opportunist) If you contact the seller, how quickly do they respond? Also, I will look at the # of orders in the queue, and compare that to the most recent feedback and the number of positives versus negatives. Generally if a seller has a ton of orders in the queue, has 98% or better feedback and feedback that has no gaps in time, they are a pretty good seller. Level 2 or Top-rated Status just adds to my comfort level. Do you have a strategy for picking the best gigs?