It's true—A good contractor is hard to find. All companies look more or less the same when viewed through the Yellow Pages. But how do you know who you can trust and who you will catch sniffing your shoes in the family closet? To solve this problem, the website Angie's List provides ratings on local service companies based on price, quality, responsiveness, punctuality, and professionalism. Subscribers can read report cards for companies in 124 cities to quickly separate the wheat from the chafe. But in addition to acting as a Consumer Reports of service companies, membership also allows subscribers to write reviews. Just imagine how quickly and how high a contractor will jump when you tell them you are an Angie's List reviewer and your review can potentially lift or sink their livelihood. It's like being issued a VIP card. In a capitalist system, good companies thrive and bad companies fade away. Angie's List just speeds up the process.
Angie's list boast "Consumer support means it's honest: Companies don't pay to be on Angie's List", but how honest is it , once a company is listed on Angie's List, it opens the door for Angie's list to solicit that company to pay for a higher ranking on the list, quit lying to the public, please be honest about your true reasons for Angie's list,,the almighty dollar....they wanted me to pay 99 dollars a month to" advertise" at the "top of the list".
This Angie's list would be great IF the consumer did not have to pay for membership. Say I'm a fly-by-night or less than a pro...you don't need a degree in rocket science to figure out that carpenter X need only pay for a few memberships who would in turn post glowing reviews of his services. To add insult to injury, carpenter X can pay about a hundred bucks a month to get top billing. Angie's List reminds me of the so called web host directories that "review" hosting companies!