I am speculating that you are a moderator for Thumbtack and posting this to save your company because I have read hundreds of posts and NOBODY has had any sucess with Thumbtack except YOU. So honestly, you wasted your time with your post. I don't believe a word you wrote, and neither will any of the other people who are repeatedly burned by throwing their hard-earned moeny down Thumbtack's perverbial drain.
LOL! I don't think TT would be bragging about running me to the ground working 16 hour days to keep up with the cheap jobs to keep my head above water. Yes, those are my legit numbers. The old system worked to get a return on investment but you've definitely got to work you butt off for it, and know what your numbers are. I carefully choose what to bid on and what to pass on. This year is a whole different game! I don't know what it costs to put in a bid, so they've taken away my ability to take calculated risks. I am also now bidding on jobs lower than ever before because I've got to make up for the work I'm not getting, since I'm bidding every job against 15 people instead of 2-4. I don't think TT would claim that as bragging rights! LOL!
I can say from personal experience from March through June of this year I made about $6,000 from TT leads. It probably cost me about $500, but who's going to argue with that return? This was of course before they turned on Instant in every photography category, which has decimated my returns. From now through to September I have four bookings from TT and one of those was booked way back in March. I understand it's a slow time of year, but I am quoting just as much as ever, I'm just not getting a response. It's rare that my quotes are even viewed anymore.
My thoughts exactly , and i know many other pros feel the same way. It is all about greed, just like many other companies that start making huge profits just to want more and more. This can be a downward spiral for many that get into this position.
@aylads - this is actually a stellar example of why the auto quoting doesn't work and is a bad idea. Very few jobs can be put in tidy boxes with everything standardized. Real jobs, like real life, are full of messy variables that instant match doesn't accommodate.
Inaccurate quotes don't help anyone.