I would like to know what happens to your budget if you dont get any requests that week. It says it doesn't get tranfered? so you jut loose it?
It should be obvious by now that this system is broken. I was happy in the past, but now there's no way I'm going to give Thumbtack my business until they develop a better pricing model or go back to the old one. There have been complaints for a long time now. Something is seriously wrong here. I hope these people will wake up before they go out of business and vanish.
A flat rate would be great......OR the client pays...We must be known as great photographers as well....I do not think any photog should be able to come aboard...The level of skills must be good so the client will know that TT photogs are great and worth the nominal fee they would pay to get to us......That is the way i really think would be really a stallar program for everyone....!!!!
It is obvious that respondants are making the same points over and over again. My experience is similar. Approx $3.00 per lead, many results, a few years ago. Later, up to $5.00 per lead, declining results. Recent bids, about $14.00, no results. Gradual decline in my responses, looking for other services. Thumbtack is pricing itself out of my interest. Appears to be exorbitant cost, only to its own benefit. They can charge whatever they like, and if they can make it work for them, good luck. But the overwhelming consensus on this forum is that many are voting with their feet.
Thanks for starting this conversation. I have called and spoke to customer support about your pricing. Here are my thoughts. I am a Magicain and have been an active Thumbtack user for over a year. If I quote on a job I am getting billed for what I quote, not what the job gets booked for. I have encountered customers who are not aware of what an average hourly wage is for my services. They might request 2 or 3 hours, but in the end only have the budget for less time. I am happy to pay Thumb Tack for the service you provide... but I have had multiple instances where I am paying you more than what I end up locking in a gig for. It would be great if I could just pay you for the gigs I book at the percentage of the cost of the booking. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.