At first, Thumbtack was an affordable way to fill in empty spots in my schedule. For my industry, I have yet to win a bid that is close to my or my industry's current pricing for my region. As a photographer in the area I live, permits and business licenses for every municipality are required. Its expensive to run a business here but it was cool when I had quiet months to bid. Its important to understand that people looking for business on here almost never know (or care) that professionals are paying to bid so it means NOTHING to them if they don't respond. I rarely bid on weddings. Someone looking for a photographer on THUMBTACK 2 years down the road, isn't a serious inquiry. I can only assume that your pricing is based on invented assumption of what a photographer should make. I am NOT Wal-Mart. I was extrememly calculated about my bids. Don't get me wrong, I had some incredible clients, but there were too many times where there was no response or I wasted time on someone that wasn't serious.
The final straw for me was the LAST bid I made. I didn't fully understand the new pricing stategy (rape). Yep, RAPE. I would never NEVER NEVERRRRRRRRRR spent $35 on a bid for ANYTHING. It was a multi-day business conference they were looking to spend $1800. The only reason I even bid was because it was during a down time in my schedule and sometimes less money is better than no money. Oh...and the best part. I didn't get the job and the potentional client didn't even have the nuts to let me know after I had to write a proposal for the job. I have since edited my preferences to not get any requests. I still have money sitting on this account from the credit system you had when I joined Thumbtack. I'd love it back but I am pretty sure no one would refund it. Its cool for YOU to constantly change your T + C but not okay to do the right thing for your professionals.
Thumbtack as an organization is not in touch with pricing in my area and is a huge joke in photography forums because you dumb down our pricing and attract people that for the most part are looking for cheap work.
Thanks for reading. -marie
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