One big issue I had with that old 5 Bid Max model was that more often than not! a client looking or a service provider would be getting their quotes from the fast 5 fingers on smart phone not from 5 service providers most qualified to provide that particular service. If your a full time professional as I am, You could be in a meeting, in the middle of another job or driving at the moment. Ive seen job requests were Ive been shut of by the fast 5 in ninety seconds!! It was a bad business model.
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I think your clueless to the photography industry. Your only success has been in devaluing the industry by professionals having to compete with low ball quote wannabe's I don't comprend how you can charge $60.00 for a quote in the amount of $400.00 because it was labled commercial while a quote for the same amount of $400.00 may only be charged $25.00 dollars being its lablel, portaits, or events. I have seen quoted jobs where as many as 9 vendors have been contacted by a potential client where we're all charged $30.00 ea for all being asked the same question by a client and ending up that none were even hired! Thats $270.00 for Thumbtack and Zero! for the service providers. We should not have to be charged unless that contact by the client is really indicative of their interest in hiring a specific vendor. We'd all be better served if you took a commission which is priced based. Or perhaps a low fee for the first contact and then a second fee for being hired.
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