litekepr wrote: That usually translates into 5-10 bids which would be fine, but many people who post jobs never reply. A writer used to pay much less - if they paid a year in advance and we had about 60 bids per month. A provider can buy more "credits" if needed. If you win a job, elance takes an additional fee which I think is 8.75%.
This is what really irks me. It's like the 80/20 rule - only 20% of the people who post jobs actually award someone a job. The rest of them don't - whether it was because they were just shopping for info or because they didn't like the price quoted, or whatever.
Yet we providers lose connects (or credits) that cost *us* money!
Similarly, if there's a gig there, but you need more info before you can decide if you want to bid - just asking for that info costs you a connect! That's ridiculous!
Seems to me -- and I know Elance doesn't care what I think - the fee they charge me for any job I do should be more than enough to offset their operating fees, charging people for any bid they make - which is in essence what they do - is usury!