I used to understand it back in the day when it was a set price, but now over the past few years the fluctuations and inflations have me scratching my head. Just yesterday, I received a message from Thubmtack saying that someone has already decided to hire me (no quotes or anything), and just needed a tiny bit more info before they went ahead and hired me. Before I could send the info, Thumbtack says it'll be $8.67 to proceed since i've already got the job. Never heard back from the client. Now, I don't mind being turned down for a job, but to basically tell me i've got it and then charge me a fee when infact I do not have it, then I should get that money back. In my business (Production/Songwriting), there's thousands of flakes, and everyone is trying to get a 'pro' sound for practically nothing. When I do get someone who is real and not just putting the feelers out to see if they can get free beats (fellow writers know what I'm talking about), it's usually few and far between. On a side note, I went through Thumbtack last week to hire a locksmith and at first only received one reply. Then, about 3 or 4 days, I get an email from Thumbtack saying 'there are 11 unread messages from potential locksmiths waiting for your reply'. I probably quote people looking to hire me around 8-15 times a week, and rarely do I see that any of them even look at the quotes I'm sending. After the whole locksmith thing, I'm now wondering if people are even getting notified when they get quotes. It makes sense, because why not even look at a quote? It's not like it costs them anything.
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