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Old 04-13-2008, 06:50 PM   #21
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Sad thing is people are either stupid or hungry enough to do this
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:51 PM   #22
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i do alot of jobs for the city and county and i think its a good thing this way i don't have to pay the middle man to look at a bid that someone else gave them so i like it!
Huh? I mean what! No, come again. Wait, I mean excuse me. Huh?
Don' you go paying that middle man again Festus.
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Hello,

Thank you for commenting about our company. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated as they made us think about how the business was perceived and how we can improve it. We also wanted to clear up a few thing that were said.

We have updated our site to make it more obvious what it is that we are trying to do. We want people to get good fair bids from many different companies. Our service is adding a layer of transparency compared to other lead services. This should allow contractors to help homeowners from falling into many potential pitfalls. We want our contractors to help homeowners and tell them what they should get for their money. We want our contractors to tell the customers what their bid includes and to be weary of bids that are too low.

As to the underbidding/unethical aspect. We were using "underbidding" as the definition being: to bid lower to win a project (which many companies do to try to get more work, potential referrals, & to build a reputation). Not, to falsely bid lower to win a project and then charge the customer more or to use subpar materials.

Also, we do not sell our leads to any other services because we want our service to have the highest value for our member contractors.

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The entire premise of your site is antithetical to everything a reputable contractor would think, do and act like...You are simply repackaging craigslist and charging for it. I wish you the best of luck, however, I honestly don't think you are doing the customer, the contractor, or the trades any justice...
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:44 PM   #24
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I had no intentions of buying leads from this company but I was curious about the lead types they get. In the last week I have gotten an opportunity to bid on cleaning a basement, repaving a driveway, and building a shed and none of these were closer than 60 miles from me. Ha, I am a painter why would they send me this crap?
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hope fully mcdoanlds will hire these guys back
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The word "wars" is misleading, confusing, and gimmicks for everyone (even non-contractors) to read & understand. Get rid of it then it'll be okay.
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:07 PM   #27
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The word "wars" is misleading, confusing, and gimmicks for everyone (even non-contractors) to read & understand. Get rid of it then it'll be okay.
Yes, you're right. It's a big lure, and mostly gets the attention of people who know they can't afford it. They can't resist when they see this type of hype!

Then we get to pay for it
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:30 AM   #28
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Hello Any Season Painting!

...............................

We wanted to notify you that we have taken away the "pay per lead" plans and all accounts now must use the "unlimited access" plan.

Also, we are offering you a FREE 15 day trial! This trial must be used within one month or is no longer valid.

To use the free trial, just login to your account at:
https://www.contractwars.com/contractor/login.cfm

You will automatically be redirected to sign up for your free trial!

If you have any questions, please let us know by filling out our customer service form on our website.

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Have a great day!

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Thanks for all of your comments! Your feedback helps a lot.

Any Season, you received a free trial because we began offering (for a limited time) a free 15 day trial to:

A) all companies that have signed up and haven't used us before
B) all new companies that sign up

If there are any leads that are in your area and you wish to try us, you will have full access for 15 days. If you quit before the 15 days is up, you will pay nothing. You can quit very easily online when logged in to your account. To quit, click on the "billing" drop down link found under "my account" or contact our customer service department through our online customer service center.

Thanks again!
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The whole premise of a "reverse auction" is not a new idea. Some larger retail companies use this system for bidding construction, site work, and environmental work.

I previously worked in the environmental/construction group for one of the biggest retailers in the country. After beginning this type of bidding all of my smart, reputable, profitable vendors stopped submitting bids. This type of bidding is a NIGHTMARE.
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Old 05-02-2008, 07:47 PM   #31
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If anyone tries this ill conceived venture, make sure you get a low limit credit card, then when you go to quit you can just close out your account. If this works, which I doubt it will, you can always get another card. Contractor wars sounds so dumb I can't believe anyone will will get satisfaction from it.
If price is king, you can bet you'll be doing a lot of free estimates.
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That whole premise is PATHETIC.
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sign me up, i cant wait to give the customer another tool to use to try and dicker down my prices.

If a customer even said they were using this i wouldnt waste my time estimating anything for them. If this is was actually the future of contracting i am thinking i want out.
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Any middleman on the web is a no-go for me. I lock their names in my anti-spam accounts and I never hear from them or see their ad's.

Just something about some fat f**k sitting at home trying to get me to pay while he uses 'bots to sift our information and sell it to a third party kinda' peeves me off a tad bit.

Also, report their IP's as spammers and they'll get locked out of a lot of forums, like this one for example.
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Old 05-03-2008, 05:57 AM   #35
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I took the time to read thru their terms. Gawd I feel dirty now. Anyho, let me offer a few things I noticed:

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Old 05-03-2008, 05:02 PM   #36
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It is at least a little comedic when the rep that is on here explains what we are all bitching about. It kind of reminds me of this plumber I was on the same job as that had a homeowner screaming in his face after he just flooded the HOs whole first floor and he just stood there smiling and nodding like he didn't understand what the HO was saying.
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That's advertising.

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Old 05-06-2008, 04:00 PM   #38
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"and to be weary of bids that are too low." quote

HO's never 'weary' of low bids! That's rule #1.
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And speak of the devil, Reliable Remodelor called me today, I quit them in 2005.
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Honestly, are there any lead-producing companies out there that really say what they do? I've been hit up recently by several, and signed up for two, and quite honestly I was very specific in the type of projects we do, and the minimum $$ job we do. Instead they throw you these leads that either:
1. Are just a bunch of lookie-lou's
2. Are so minimal, i.e. $500, it's not even cost-effective to do this type of work.

It's all just a ripoff!

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