As a photographer, I was not getting value from your plaform. As a matter of fact, I was losing money. Firstly, your platform democrotased the artistic side of photography; pitting us against each other to lower our prices to razor thin margins. The charges i was getting for simply engaging an inerested potential client are outrgeous. You should stop doing that. It got to a point where I did not want to engage a potential client because I knew that I would be charged by thumbtack for speaking to someone who just might be shopping around. So, from one end i was pushed to lower my prices drastically, and from another end I was getting charged left and right from thumbtack for simply trying to get a gig. The system you have in place favors the established members and does not help out everyone else. I stopped using thumbtack because I was litereally losing money using it. I will return only if you stop charging me to speak to interested clients. You can charge me if and only if I get hired and paid. You can then take a fair percentage of the service fee I charged. Your platforms pricing system is flawed. Greed is definitely a reason why. If you dont fix it, your users will eventually leave completely.
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