Guru - Fees
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Bidding Fees and Premium Placement Fees
Guru does not charge for placing bids, but it uses a counting system to prevent users from indiscriminate bidding. Each Basic profile comes with 10 bids that can be used every 30 days, while every Guru or Guru Vendor profiles comes with 100.
Guru bids are replenished on a rotating basis, not in full every month: every bid you use is restored 30 days after you use it. Suppose you sign up for an account on March 1, and stick with the standard Basic profile; you will have 10 bids. If you place a bid on March 7 and another on March 20, you will then have 8 bids left. Assuming you place no further bids, you’ll get back your ninth bid on April 6, and your tenth on April 19. This is in contrast to some sites, which would have reset your total to 10 on April 1. I personally prefer the latter system, as it is less confusing, but the system Guru uses arguably has the advantage of discouraging freelancers from submitting lower quality proposals near the end of the month to “use up” bids.
Guru only charges one bid per standard proposal regardless of the dollar value of the project (unlike Elance’s connect system, which can require many connects for a single bid). It is also possible for Guru or Guru Vendor users to submit premium proposals for a cost of six bids. Premium proposals are flagged with a special icon and appear at the top of the list of project bids; the idea is that they make it more likely that your proposal will stand out from the crowd, especially when there are many bidders.
The 10 bids that you get with Basic profiles is a pretty small number, but for some freelancers 10 proposals per month is sufficient. Most users on Guru and Guru Vendor profiles will never come close to using up the 100 bids that they are allotted, unless they submit a large number of premium proposals. If you run out of bids, you can purchase more via Bid Pax, which cost $25 for 100 (25 cents each), $45 for 250 (18 cents each) or $75 for 500 (15 cents each).
Standard Guru bids (the 10 or 100 per profile) do not roll over from month to month. Bid Pax do roll over; once purchased, they never expire.
Guru does not allow you to send a private message to a client before placing a bid. This means that you effectively must spend a bid to submit a “dummy” proposal before you can ask for clarification on a project prior to submitting a real bid. This cost does not apply to the public message board for the project, but again, Basic profiles do not allow access to it.
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