I initially liked the concept of Thumbtack, but quickly found that dollar-for-dollar, my money was better spent on Facebook and Google ads which generated substantially more qualified leads than those we have gotten on Thumbtack, and for significantly less cost. I've largely stopped using Thumbtack altogether at this point. If Thumbtack went to a single flat rate charge only for jobs you are actually hired for, I might be more interested in using it again. But the fluctuating pricing and low-quality leads aren't really working for us. Far too many price shoppers or customers with unrealistic budgets for their projects based on inaccurate estimate values shared by Thumbtack on their Average Real Estate Pricing page. Pricing in our industry is very different in different markets. Averaging different markets together drive the average price down in higher-end markets and artificially deflates prices. Then to further reduce your profit potential by paying a fluctuating fee for the referral. and On top of that, you are doing your customers a great disservice by not allowing them to shop all available pros in their area.
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