I didn't know about angies list until about 2003 when one of my customers who is a member put a review on there site about the work I did. I now have about 70-80 reviews, straight A's with 2 B's. Yes, they are all legit. I did not manipulate there system like I did back in 99 and 2000 with Service Magic which is now Home Advisor. That's a whole nother kind of scam that targets contractors. Yes it is easy to manipulate A.L. reviews.
Up to about 2009 A.L. was great for getting new customers then the calls died off. In 2010 I was contacted by my 8th account manager with a spiel of *** to pay them $100 a month for a yr to be listed on the first page that there customers see in the categories I work in. I bit, got 3 calls from members that year, 1 turned into a $800 job.
I was contacted by my latest account manager ( I think this is the 6th one since 2010) saying I received a super service award and I needed to have a background check done to receive it and then I would be eligible to pay them $500- $700 a month to advertise and have my company listed on the first 2 pages of customer searches.
According to the info I could find, A.L. revenue from advertisers is 65-70%. The advertisers are the companies you are seeing first. Pay to play??? Also they have never shown a profit.What happened to consumer driven unbiased views of the best service providers?? I refuse to pay A.L. to receive my super service award or do a back ground check. I have nothing to hide, it's the principle of it, 10 yrs of outstanding reviews. If there was an issue with my moral direction don't ya think it would have manifested itself by now??
Subject: Background Authorization Form - Angies List
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Tried to copy and paste the form, guess they made it so you can't.
Don't do business with this company. In my opinion they are nothing more then money grubbing non doing CC's ( for those of you who were never in the service, CC's = Can't C-nts) yes I was Honorably discharged twice, service connected disability, still making *** happen.
Product or Service Mentioned: Angies List Membership.
Monetary Loss: $1200.