Client Who Invited Me to Bid, Wasted My Time, Then Chose Someone Else
Richard H. 1 post - United States - Joined Jan 20 2012
Last night at 9:15 PM I got an oDesk invitation to bid on a job. The client was frantic and needed someone with expertise in the Pinnacle Studio video editing program, which I use. He had a Pinnacle Studio 12 project that he couldn't convert to a finished MPEG2 file.
I accepted the invitation and the client and I spent 3 hours conversing via oDesk about the situation. I set up a Dropbox shared folder for him to upload his raw video files, and he did so.
However, I encountered problems I attribute in part to my using version 14 of Pinnacle Studio and the warnings Pinnacle generally offers about not sharing project files among differing versions. (Version 14 is the third or fourth version I've purchased; I started with version 8.)
This morning I went back to work trying to solve the problems I encountered last night when just before 9 AM I received an automated email telling me:
Your application to the job ***removed by admin*** was declined.
The company's reason for ending the application: Chose another contractor
When I emailed the client directly about this surprising message (he'd already given me his email address and cell phone number) he replied "Another candidate took it upon themselves to complete the job without even being hired." He urged me to sit tight, that he was going into a meeting, and that he'd reconnect.
Now, given the job in question and the need to have raw video files to complete it no one could have finished the job "without even being hired" -- meaning without the client's involvement. My client was almost certainly in touch with this other contractor at the same time he was in touch with me.
OK. I'm a big boy, and while I'm supremely irritated that this guy, who was so very nice when he thought he needed me, is now blowing me off, I'm mainly angry that I have no way to rate him in the system to let other contractors know what kind of jerk he's capable of being.
I notice he's a frequent oDesk client and has a nearly perfect 4.99 star rating from contractors, so maybe this is an aberration. Still, his behavior has been *extremely* unprofessional.
Any ideas ... or do I just have to pull up my pants and soldier on?
Score: 10.0, Votes: 3