Yes, I agree, this is another ServiceMagic type rip off to Contractors. They sell you points, then they determine how many points a particular job is worth the amount of area or bedrooms etc, etc. You buy the points up front or when you view the job and Contact the Owner. They tell you that they respond to the customer with 2-3 Contractors only, but that's BS! Some of jobs get 10-30 offers.
So, what we have here is a Media Company, racking in the $$$$ on the backs of Contractors who think that they have a one in three chance of landing the paint job, when their bidding against 5, 10, 15 or more! It's a shell game!
You only have to get burned once to understand their scam. On a personal note, I paid $25.00 to buy the points necessary to get in Contact with a Owner near my business. the owner never returned my emails or phone calls. When I asked Billy to credit me those points ($25.00) they responded with, maybe next time.
When I finally reached the owner, she said she had 14 responses!
Do the math: 14 contractors @ $25.00 each = $350.00!!! Anybody else want to go to Vegas?
Professional Paiinting Contractor in Southern California.