In the past four months, I have spent close to $150. on leads that got me two $175. officiating jobs. I get supposed "leads" that tell me "I'm the only one the customer reached out to" so I bet on the fact that they've already reviewed my pricing, read my reviews and/or looked at my work. (I advertise photography as well as officiating) I paid $38.00 to bid on such a photography job....after I sent my payment, I heard nothing from the customer. I reached out twice. Nothing. As for officiating wedding ceremonies...I've responded to several potential customers who reached out and heard back from them, planned a date to meet, only to be told days later that someone in their family was going to perform the ceremony or something similar. Maybe if Thumbtack had the clients split the cost of the mutual "lead" as Airbnb does between guest and host, all of us "pros" using the site would be happier and it would cause the potential clients to pause before reaching out to us and then not keeping their end of the bargain. Frankly, I'm getting ready to quit Thumbtack altogether. It's getting ridiculously expensive and I'm getting more leads by word of mouth than I am on this site.
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