I have been a professional photographer for over 35 years.I do not know where Thumbtack comes up with these ideas. If a bunch of people are sitting around the room trying to come up with something that they feel is better for me as a professional it is not working. This new system that they're implementing is absolutely the worst. I do not want to be in search results so somebody with a very low budget or other requirements that I may not want to bid on or photograph contact me. Once they contact me without my input I have to pay. There are so many reasons this is wrong. I want to choose which customers I am willing to reach out to. I may be booked that day, their budget may be too low, their requirements may not fit my style of photography, I may want to take the day off or be on vacation. This is absolutely the most ridiculous thing that Thumbtack has come up with. Please stop coming up with ideas that are for my benefit. I do not want to be in search results, and if that's not possible I want to cancel anything and everything I have to do with thumbtack.
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" Starting Monday, customers will no longer be asked for their budgets." This has to be a joke. Over the lsst few days I have made calls to Thumbtack about the new pricing. I have no idea what the cost would be to send a quote. I have been cahrge 30+ and 40+ because a prespective clients asked a question. And looking back I have received the same response from a client " sounds grea what do we do next". only to respond mulitiple times and they have dissapeared. The only thing I see as that this service is no longer honest and viable as a source to reach perspective clients. How do they expect me to quote a photogtaphy assignment with no idea as to the customers budget. I constantly recieve requests ( which I would never respoind to) for wedding photography that the couple wants 8 or more hours coverage all of the images and a set of prints for under $500 or less. The only reason I see is so Thumbtack can charge all of us way to much money.
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