I echo mnjn’s reply exactly. I need to ask clarifying questions on most bids...but now I won’t respond because I’ll get charged. I prefer the old system of credits and 5 bids per request. But I’m certain that Thumbtack will not go back to that so I’ve invested in other marketing processes that don’t make me dependent on any lead provider. Thumbtack used to be a vital part of my lead gen. Now it’s really an afterthought and I only respond to very specific requests that I feel have a high probability of converting. Lastly, what is the point of showing me leads from a 3 State area? I have preferences set to 20 mile radius and yet my feed is filled with leads that are over 150 miles away! This bad idea has desensitized me to the Thumbtack alert icon. Now instead of responding immediately, I tend to ignore it for days.
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