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@Jxlewis if your travel preferences have "Customers travel to me" as a listed option then customers will set their radius when searching and be able to contact you. Your travel radius will only be in effect for jobs where you travel to the customer. 

In your account on your Services page under Advanced Settings, Suggest jobs near my travel area was on. I've gone ahead and turned that off for you and it should help you see jobs more aligned with your travel radius.

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There’s quite a few times where I have been reached by customers thru Instant Match, only to find out eventually that some details are different then mentioned in the initial request. Suddenly I am no longer a match but am already charged for that quote.
I wish there was an easy way to dispute the charges made when it’s the client who has provided the wrong information.
My calendar is set and so are my prices as well as the limit number of people I will work on. A lot of times clients will say that “it’s actually...” on a different day or its more people than they initially mentioned or even worse, they would like a discounted price.
I would like to see an option to easier dispute these charges.
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I have frequently suggested to Thumbtack that the information provided by prospective customers is so incomplete that it is pointless to submit a proposal.  I am glad to get advice about how to improve my hit ratio, but I would be willing to submit more proposals if the customer would tell us in more depth the kind of professional consulting help they need.  

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So if a customer contacts me even if don't bid I'm charged?
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I am not a fan of the new way that we are charged when potential customer contacts me. I have responded when they "searched me out and want to hire me" only to be charged over $20 and never hear back again. I actually made more and spent less the old way. I will be using thumbtack less than I did before for leads because I think the new way is a scam.
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The new changes have completely devastated my business and finding new clients. Now there's no way for a newer user to distinguish themselves from users with more testimonials etc. Newer users must use creative ways to speak directly to client needs. With an auto system there's no way to stand out from teachers w more reviews.
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I willl NOT respond to any leads anymore if I don't know in advance what the lead costs me.  Is that so hard to figure out?

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@thumbtack77 If Promote is off, you'll see the cost to accept the contact up front.

If Promote is on, the cost of any contacts you receive will be shown in your payments page. The contact will be immediate at a 20% discount for being more available to the customer. The weekly budget for each service will be even more important to control your weekly spending. Also, you can always check your Payments page for any pending or past contacts.


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Thank you but I don't know what you are talking about. Your response is not clear.  Let me make simple what is required by many of us who no longer respond to your leads.  We want to see the price up front without having to be automatically charged for a lead.  We want a return to your original business plan.  Here is a lead...take it for the listed number of credits (with the cost of each credit being clear) or don't take the lead and spend nothing.  If a client doesn't open our response within 72 hours, we get credited for that lead.  I ask again...is that so hard to do?

Take a look at what I used to spend and what I spend now.  Do you really think the changes you made are going to help your bottom line?

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98% of all job leads in my area are fake misleading posts. People with the same name and same address keep posting the same things. I've been burned more on fake job leads that anywhere else. I went back to my Craigslist ad and I get steady work from more serious client's. I've tried to contact customer service but they could care less and even stopped crediting me on these. I'm highly suspicious thumbtack is the ones putting out the fake leads to drive traffic on the site. I'm really considering closing my account as I just don't need thumbtack anymore where there are much more reliable sources for job leads at a fraction of the cost.