I have just signed in to this forum to see if anyone else was sick to their stomach with this blatant over charging for leads. I am just coming back to Thumbtack after a Hiatus. (3 weeks now). I have had only one hire who ended up haggling my hourly rate down to "working for pennies" and of course I took it as I was stressed about the $ 29 I paid for the lead. I ended up making $100. (infuriating). I have spent $130 on leads in the last 10 days and have nothing to show for it except a broken spirit. If i was in a position to throw $130 away I wouldnt be competing for work on this platform. Thumbtack you must change these policies! How is charging me (a p ersonal chef) $18-$33 to start a conversation (or answer a "when are you available" make any sense when the client puts he/she wants to pay $25 per person? Remember we have food costs, labor, travel...We are not bringing home $25 a person, closer to $10. I just want my charges refunded. I recently paid an obsence amount of $ for a lead of a client that was not intersted in hiring anyone. He just wondered how much it would cost. I ended up asking for him to review me on Thumbtack since I spent so much of my time with him. He then had to mark me as "hired" in order to leave his rating. This system is set up to fail as many of us freelancers can't compete with other Pros willing to fork out high payments to be constantly charged for conversation starters and inquiries.
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