Thumbtack was much better when I started using it and it functioned with a credit system. You knew up front exactly how much you would be paying to send a quote, and it was never more than a few dollars. It is absolutely absurd that now I cannot know how much a quote will cost, and that I might get charged as much as $25-30 for a $200 gig; it adds an unnecessary level of confusion and frustration to my work. I would consider no more than 5% of my total fee either split between me and the customer or paid entirely by the customer to be a fair price for a quote IF THE GIG IS BOOKED. This is how services like Gigsalad work, and it’s fantastic because then it becomes in both my and the booking service’s best interests for me to not just receive responses from potential clients, but to actually book as many gigs as possible. If I get the gig through your service, I’m more than happy to pay a small booking fee as long as I know ahead of time exactly what that will be. If I don’t get the gig and you still charge me, I feel cheated and am less likely to pursue work through your service in the future.
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