There has been a recent wave of changes in the PPH platform mostly directed at the seller's expense from the exorbitant 20% fee, expensive connects, more connects charged for proposals, dispute resolution fee, clarification board becoming useless as none of the questions get through to even connects charges on projects you are being invited to personally I think the most damaging initiative that has come through is the Cert ranking which has done little to nothing for the sellers and has lost its purpose altogether because you would find sellers with a couple of projects with a 5 Cert ranking and those with years of work and hundreds of reviews also holding the same 5 cert.
All the above aside the MOST DAMAGING aspect of the Cert ranking is the unrealistic standard being set and information fed to buyers when they are about to post a new job. Attached is a screenshot for the Job page and if you look below a Cert slider has been given to aid buyers when they post a new job which helps them understand how much a certain skilled seller is worth for jobs on average and what budget should they post and it is very alarming to see that the slider informs them that sellers holding Level 5 Cert are available to deliver all design related works between $50 to $69 and the top-ranked sellers or EXPERTS at the PPH platform start from $70......
What kind of message does this send to the buyer that even the experts with years of experience and ranking/ reviews fall in the price range of $70 and PPH is ready to take the 20% cut from that budget then charge additional for the connects, then charge a currency conversion fee and then once more for withdrawals. I think this is the sole reason why over the last few months we have seen projects related to 3D/ 2D animation, video production, graphics, CGI/VFX and many more skills being posted within the ranges of $50-$100 and PPH also adding a banner a High Value on top of it because as per their research experts are available for $70 onwards and charge 3 connects for a bid. What this does is sets an unrealistic expectation for the buyers and makes it extremely difficult for sellers to communicate the right price to the buyers because they believe the system has already informed them what should be paid for this task.
I think the PPH team should certainly look into this feature as it is drastically reducing the opportunities for the sellers to work on a fair pricing with the buyers and should either do a more detailed research regarding pricing for each and every service being offered and put an actual reasonable price range or remove the pricing suggesting altogether.
Link to Job Page