The new Blinksale appears to have gone live today. First impression was that, besides the still slow page loads (at times 20 seconds), there are quite a few useful additions and overall the service is much improved. Invoice histories are definitely a postive. Gone are the days of asking myself, “Did I already send that invoice?”

However, as a paying client, I am dismayed at one new feature that isn’t kosher at all. Clients used to be able to pay by PayPal right from their emailed invoice – handy! Not anymore. Now, clients have to click onto a client invoice page. What’s on that page? Advertisements for Blinksale! In fact, the “what is this” copy reads,

Needmore Designs uses Blinksale to send, track, and manage invoices—like yours. Not only is Blinksale the easiest way to send invoices online. It’s a great way to track your purchases as well. With your own Blinksale account you can keep all your invoices in one place, then sort them by date, tag, or vendor. It’s pretty slick. You can sign up for your free Blinksale account today.

Are they kidding? Inserting my business name into their marketing pitch. This isn’t even some kind of opt-in referral program! Needless to say, this is one disappointed client.

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