Let me be right up front with this. Stay away from Thumbtack! Thumbtack is a lead generation company that is charging work-seekers exorbitant amounts of money for every contact. That alone would be fine and merely a case of caveat emptor, but they are completely misrepresenting their fees and what they are charging you for. Most of the leads you get are completely misleading and it seems to be a very common experience that the leads are not actually genuine or looking for what they advertise in actuality. Thumbtack also leads you to believe through misleading messages that you don’t pay for a lead until there is a contact. This is not the case. They charge you up front for the contact – $30 in most cases – and what you actually sign up for with the “instant quote” feature is for them to shotgun quotes to requests that you have not reviewed and have not authorized. I’m sorry, but why would anyone want that at $30 a pop.
Consider the amount of money this company is taking in from one referral at $30 for each of them! The average response has got to be 10 or more.
The way that Thumbtack verifies the “interactions” between requests is very dubious also. There is no accounting in their systems of the quotes you have submitted after you submit them so beware. It’s also plausible that the replies you are getting are merely bots and no way to verify otherwise. And remember, once there is a reply in the instant quote case (the ones they submit on your behalf without your knowledge – and I assure you its every case) they charge you whether it’s positive or not. In most cases, it appears to be negative. Take this list for instance from Consumer Affairs. 92 complaints in one year.
After less than 24 hours on the system, I had been charged more than a hundred dollars without any knowledge. In that time I had received two responses – both of which made clear that the requestor was not genuine in their request and was looking for something completely different than I quoted on and was advertised. I complained to help desk for more than an hour for a refund based on that experience and was stonewalled with a “no refund policy” and that they will only give store credit – that is credit you for more quotes.
California law is pretty clear. “In California, retailers that won’t give a full refund or credit, … within seven days of purchase when goods are returned … must clearly display their policy …(https://oag.ca.gov/consumers/general/refunds). Thumbtacks terms nor their forms when you submit a quote state clearly that there is a “No Refund Policy.” There is no “Refund Policy” heading in their Terms and Policies.
So be warned, Thumbtack will steal your money.
I’ve been working with large Fortune 500 companies here in Silicon Valley using Agile development processes for nearly fifteen years now. I have yet to find a workplace and business that has benefited from Agile and nearly all of them Continue reading
Lord I spent an inexcusable amount of time tracking down this error. Maybe because I’m daft as the wall I’m sitting next to, this solution should be obvious, Continue reading
I heard this on the radio a week or two ago and finally tracked it down. You can read it for free but I totally like recommend that you hear it you know… totally.
Read it hear: Totally like whatever, you know? | Taylor Mali (PS: Taylor; I hope you get massive traffic!)
Find out how easy it is to make high quality 3D scans with just your smartphone…
Source: 3d scan anything using just a camera
Starting a new business is always exciting. You’ve waited long enough to tell everyone what’s keeping you busy these days. Now your product is all set for the world to see. Get people excited too! Here’s how you do it… Continue reading
It probably is.
Fortunately I did my homework and didn’t fall pray to this scam which seems to be making the rounds again. I was contacted via email with a reasonable request: Continue reading
This issue has been plaguing me for a while and it apparently plagues a LOT of other people. It seems most to arise with Radeon 7800 series graphics cards but I have seen similar reported for other cards as well. In my case it is a Radeon 7870 and I’m happy to report that this issue can finally be put to bed, thank you very much! Continue reading
Anyone interested in some of the coding challenges I’ve been working can see my solutions at JSFiddle. Feedback is always appreciated 🙂
Ben Franklin is a little bit of a personal hero/mentor for me and I recently came across this golden little nugget from him that was written about at Forbes in 2013. Good advice which I am certainly going to try to apply in 2014…
Twelve Time Management Habits to Master in 2013 – Forbes.
Freemium apps—free apps with in-app purchases—make up a huge majority of the revenue generated in both the Apple App Store and on Google Play…
Free Apps Generate the Most Revenue, Google Play Grows | TechnoBuffalo.
If you are a MAC user you are going to get charged more for pretty much everything on the Internet than a PC user. I started noticing this two years ago but lately it has become prevalent and everyone should know about it and especially that it is easy to avoid. Continue reading
I discovered this fix for my Slingbox after many attempts to decipher the often disparate advice available and giving up on many attempts. I can’t guarantee this is going to work for you as I only have the one use case to prove but if you have an older Slingbox this just may be the solution to your connection problems. Continue reading
Did I ever pick the right career! I just came across an ad for Developer Auction and was pleasantly surprised and reasonably worried to find that people with my skills are being auctioned to the highest bidder. Mostly this is a good thing and will inevitably drive up the base price for the services, but it is a little scary to compete on such a global level, especially against people that make in a month what I make in an hour. Check this site out – If you’re a technologist, you might find it very interesting / useful.
I was pulling my hair out recently because my laptop with Ubuntu OS (precise pangolin installed) was slower than my grandpa’s Model T and I knew it should be a jet fighter. Continue reading
I heard someone say (probably on TV) that “If you have your goals written down and refer back to them often, you won’t let distractions dissuade you from accomplishing them.” Continue reading
This is the best case against religion I think I’ve ever seen….
The Spirit of Truth series on YouTube