Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Intelius dumps its private investigator site

The short lived effort by the personal data retailer Intelius to break into the private investigator market has come to an abrupt end. Intelius' primary market is the general public. It appears that the profit margins for the PI side of the business didn't warrant continued tailored service to the investigations industry. The Company notified subscribers in a recent email.
As of January 31st, 2006, all Intelius PI accounts and the invoice billing system will be closed. To better serve our clients, special volume discounts for those in the investigation industry will become part of our regular Intelius service.
The PI.Intelius site never quite took off and was plagued with a substandard interface, and insufficient pricing and data source information -features that PIs have come to expect to be clear upfront. Thankfully, all of the data PI.Intelius offered is available through other vendors.