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Why are the reviews so overwhelmingly negative about Bark?
asked by David C. on 5/10/19
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Because they're a scam. Just imagine it: I'm not even a business and I'm getting email quote requests for my photography business (which again, I'm not a photographer and not a business of any kind) so yeah they're pulling at straws sending out phishing type scam emails hoping for some bites. I'm not a business, never signed up for anything to do with them or anything related to any business. That in and of itself PROVES Bark.com is a complete and total scam.
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They are clearly not vetting the businesses, hence you have no idea of the quality of work of the business they recommend to you. Any business Bark suggest that is legitimate appears to be pure luck.
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Because they just trawl the internet for email addresses and them spam those addresses. They've been barraging the address for my not-for-profit studio (which my website specifies cannot take cold pitches and can only respond to general inquiries) with messages in which their "clients" are looking for birthday party performers and event planners. I mean, can you imagine being a Bark.com client and paying them to do this kind of "work?" Knowing what I know about email marketing, specifically the global clampdown on unsolicited marketing brought about by GDPR, I don't even think Bark.com's processes are ethical.
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I think that most of the reviews that are overwhelmingly negative have to do with people not getting hired through them. I have responded to people within a couple of hours, chatted with them , and have called them, and when I follow up with them to set up a time to meet, or to get the sale, I do not hear back from them. Sometimes, you need to investigate the people placing the Bark. Look for local Facebook profiles with the same name that requested the bark. In my case, I can find Brides that have posted their wedding announcement and then feel a bit more confident that it was a legitimate bark.
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