Point blank. Someone got greedy and I guess the 3 to 13 dollars I was paying for leads wasnt enough. Now the leads are upwards of 75 dollars a pop, and I'm not any better off getting a job as I was when I was paying 3 bucks for the lead. All the motivational emails coming from Thumbtack about juicing up my profile, yada yada yada, and that is supposed to justify what I am getting now from Thumbtack for the HUGE increase in cost. What's next, a membership fee? I am getting less work now and spending exponentially way more for bogus leads than ever before, and yes, 75% of the potential clients asking for quotes are shopping and arent even ready to do the work they want the quote for. So, my estimates are not just free now, they are breaking the bank....................Correction.....were breaking the bank. I'm about ready to delete my profile and spend the money at Angie's List where at least if I am spending hundreds of dollars, I am seen in search results and have an ad in a magazine. I have basically hung up on Home Advisor for years because I think it is pure greed to ask me for hundreds of dollars just to bring a client and me together, and not even have the job on a lock, just the chance to sell the job. Now Thumbtack is following in it's footsteps. And I say to Thumbtack, just like I have to Home Advisor, I don't have that kind of profit margin to be able to spend hundreds on leads that arent even for sure. At 3-13 dollars a pop, I could afford to answer handfuls of leads on a daily basis. With your new plan, I can hardly afford to play the lottery(your new system) once a day, even once per week. I guess I built this profile for nothing. Years of trying to make a name for my company on Thumbtack because I felt we were on the same page. Now I feel as if we arent even in the same universe. Just saying.
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