Reel Talk / How FishTips verifies sellers

Josh Roberts

Josh Roberts

8/30/2023

How FishTips verifies sellers

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We've been thrilled to see so many passionate anglers express interest in joining FishTips and share their expertise with the fishing community. We'd like to shed some light on how we handle the verification process for sellers who are eager to come on board our platform. Our goal is to ensure a trustworthy and credible environment for all users, and this process plays a key role in achieving that.

Getting Started on FishTips

When a potential seller decides to create a profile on FishTips.com, they simply need to click on the "Sell a Tip" option in the dropdown menu. This action initiates the onboarding process, where they can set up their profile step by step.

Creating a Comprehensive Profile

We believe that every seller's background is unique and contributes to the diverse expertise we offer on our platform. Sellers are asked to provide their legal name or the name of their business, along with a profile picture that helps personalize their profile. Adding a biography about their fishing journey, whether as a business or personal pursuit, is a wonderful opportunity for sellers to share their experiences.

Showcasing Skill Levels

Understanding each seller's skill level is essential, as it helps users know what to expect from the tips they offer. Sellers choose from a pre set list of skills including: Professional Tournament Angler, Guide, Collegiate Angler, Tournament Angler, and Influencer

Backing Up with Credentials

To maintain the integrity of the platform, we request that sellers provide credentials that support their selected skill level. In this digital age, social media has become a powerful tool for sharing information. We encourage sellers to link their Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, as well as personal or professional websites and articles that highlight their fishing journey. This not only helps verify their expertise but also gives users a chance to get to know them better.

Ensuring Verification

In line with our commitment to quality and reliability, we take the verification process seriously. If a potential seller, like John Smith, completes the necessary profile information but cannot provide sufficient proof of credentials, they won't be verified as a seller on our platform.

Adjusting Skill Levels, if Necessary

We understand that sometimes there might be discrepancies between the chosen skill level and the provided credentials. In such cases, we work closely with the seller to ensure accuracy. Our aim is to create a balanced and accurate representation of each seller's expertise, so adjustments might be made to the chosen skill level if the provided credentials warrant it.

Moving Forward with Confidence

Upon completing the profile setup, sellers are directed to Stripe, our trusted third-party payments platform, to verify their payment information. To ensure consistency and transparency, the name associated with the seller's account must match both Stripe and FishTips records. Our dedicated backend team then reviews all the information provided. Based on this review, we have two outcomes: sellers are either verified and welcomed to the FishTips marketplace, or they are contacted for additional information if needed.

We are truly excited to have sellers join our platform who share our passion for fishing and a commitment to delivering valuable tips to the community. By maintaining a thorough verification process, we aim to foster a space where anglers can connect, learn, and enjoy the art of fishing. If you're considering becoming a seller on FishTips, we look forward to having you as part of our community and ensuring the highest standards of expertise and authenticity.


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