I’ve had a Thumbtack profile for a couple of years, and have been receiving their RFQ emails, but haven’t responded until recently. After the holidays I had a little lull in new business, so took them up on some of their free credits. There were a stream of RFQs for Logo Design, mostly from the East Bay, so I started responding.
After a couple of days I received a message from Thumbtack that the first two quotes I sent hadn’t been opened, so my credits were being refunded. I never heard back from the others, but started to notice a steady stream of RFQs coming in with very similar specifications. Possibly a result of Thumbtack’s submission form, but suspicious nonetheless. Right now, in fact I’m looking at 3 requests from people in the east bay, submitted within the last 3 hours, who need a logo designer, and are using Thumbtack to find one. I’m sorry, but I find that rather hard to believe. And now my credits have run out so I would have to pay to quote on these projects? I think not.