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logan
09-28-2005, 11:24 PM
If you give a price and they say, "how can you charge twice as much as the guy that I am trying to replace?" Do you try to explain why or just say sorry that's my price? We all know that when a customer is shopping around, or is used to a certain price, that when we come in way over, or a little over, what they have in mind that we should be charging, most of the time we don't get that account. Sorry for the run-on sentence.

grassmanvt
09-28-2005, 11:29 PM
Answer: where's your guy now? Usually the answer will be, "oh, he got a real job" or "he's out of buisness" to which you say " and thats why I cost more".

PMLAWN
09-28-2005, 11:30 PM
This is very hard, hot, dirty work. I want to do as little as possable for as much as possable.
Re. I would rather do 2 jobs and make $20.00 profit than 10 jobs for $15.00 profit
Know your costs and price the job so you will make money. Than let the people that don't want to pay for your service pay someone else less.

Tonyr
09-28-2005, 11:42 PM
I often say simply as they start the game of negotiation, which I don't play...

''ya pay for what you get''....simple.

or ''ya get what you pay for''... which is my favourite.

most say, ok, when can I book you?


it's all a game, learn to enjoy it, it is the basis of survival.


but unlike most of you blokes, I have a very sexy, eye appealing mower which helps a lot! ONLY JOKING! :D

Brianslawn
09-28-2005, 11:46 PM
"dont replace him then"

"but im not happy" said the customer

"all my customers are happy with me" then i walk away. :waving:

olderthandirt
09-29-2005, 12:30 AM
then lets quit wasting each others time !

dcplace2004
09-29-2005, 12:36 AM
Watch out for those funnel web spiders and single ants that can kill you in minutes...you are mowing amongst the highest concentration of poisonous creatures in the world, all one one continent...amazing...

Lawn-Scapes
09-29-2005, 02:12 AM
I've never had this problem..

One of you two would be way out of line. Assuming it's him.. I would simply say that I think my price is fair and this is what I need to charge to successfully run my business. Thank you for your time.

Assuming it's you... I'd say the same thing. :) Or haggle a little.. if I wanted the job.

Mickhippy
09-29-2005, 03:54 AM
Watch out for those funnel web spiders and single ants that can kill you in minutes...you are mowing amongst the highest concentration of poisonous creatures in the world, all one one continent...amazing...

Dont know how we got past 30 hey Tony! :waving:

You want to see dangerous, you should check out our women! :dizzy: Thats why Tony loves his Fat azzed vomit mulcha so much. Reminds him of his wife! :cool2:

Tonyr
09-29-2005, 04:30 AM
LOL ya bugger, I'll tell her you said that!

And she can sort you out at greenx lol.

hey, why do ya think I'm so shy n timid n well behaved.....she is frightening!

Mickhippy
09-29-2005, 04:38 AM
Because your a hen pecked pussy! heeee

Tonyr
09-29-2005, 04:58 AM
ouch.

you have left me speechless, I got nuthin'! :help:

Mickhippy
09-29-2005, 05:09 AM
We know that mate.

Now, stop hijacking this thread! ha

Tonyr
09-29-2005, 05:17 AM
ummmmm, er....sorry. :blush:



stop being bad ya yuppie hippy, with ya yuppy mower, you'll give these guys a bad impression of our highly refined aussie selves lol. :p :alien:

PMLAWN
09-29-2005, 06:07 AM
but unlike most of you blokes, I have a very sexy, eye appealing mower which helps a lot! ONLY JOKING! :D
Oh, I am just GREEN with envy. Sorry, I should not joke because you might see RED!. :D :D

Tonyr
09-29-2005, 06:25 AM
Is that the best you can do mate?

Been taking joke lessons from my yuppy hippy mate Mick have ya?? :help: :dizzy:


Thanks for your input, close the door as ya leave will ya LOL, LOL! :D :D :D :D :p :waving:

be good.....or be good at it! and GREEN IS GOOOOOD! :p :p :waving:

QualityLawnCare4u
09-29-2005, 08:02 AM
Very simple, are they happy with their current LCO? Then why are they replaceing him? Warning! Low life bottom feeding cheapskapes you dont want for a client! If they are not happy with their cleint then just tell them "you get what you pay for, now do you want good or do you want cheap"? as you are turning and walking quickly back to your truck, you still dont want them! I have no more patience or tolerance for these kind.

jeffex
09-29-2005, 08:54 AM
theres a fine line in this biz you have to cross to swim upstream to the better customers. when I started I took every lawn I could get. I priced every job so the customer would say yes and seem like my best friend. On the advice of the pros at the time on lawnsite I learned to throw out bigger prices and look for better customers. Soon I learned i could make more money doing less work. You have to just try it. I paid my dues as the new guy and learned to believe my experience and track record had a value added price. i currently only hope to get 3 out of 5 pressure washing jobs I bid on and when I loose a bid to a cheaper guy I make sure and let that customer know "I" will still be here the next time they need service . I lost a major area I was bidding deck cleaning jobs in to a lowballer. I was averaging $5-$700 for decks in this developments until this spring when a start up was pricing around $3-$400 . When some people asked me to match his price I told them I'll be here the next time they need service. They were surprised when I told them to go ahead and try this guy!! I told them this is not the first time this has happened to me and I'm still here after 15 years. Where will this guy be ??? I have adjusted prices down some to keep busy at times but when I'm swamped in the spring I want as much as I can get

PMLAWN
09-29-2005, 08:57 AM
Is that the best you can do mate?

Been taking joke lessons from my yuppy hippy mate Mick have ya?? :help: :dizzy:


Thanks for your input, close the door as ya leave will ya LOL, LOL! :D :D :D :D :p :waving:

be good.....or be good at it! and GREEN IS GOOOOOD! :p :p :waving:
I guess I will call my customers for today and tell them no cutty today as I have to go to joke school :p
Have a good day Mate (or is it night) and happy mowing, even if it is green :D

Tonyr
09-29-2005, 09:07 AM
LOL PM, your a worry he he he.

It's 10.00 pm, time we specialist mowing professionals, and grass curation experts went to bed before we conquer the green industries challenges on the best mowing and jungle taming machinery created by man, and best colour too......GREEN! :cool2:

'night mate!

It's ok if you dream of my awesome mower all day, I understand :D :D :D :D :D :D :p :p :p

PMLAWN
09-29-2005, 09:13 AM
LOL PM, your a worry he he he.

It's 10.00 pm, time we specialist mowing professionals, and grass curation experts went to bed before we conquer the green industries challenges on the best mowing and jungle taming machinery created by man, and best colour too......GREEN! :cool2:

'night mate!

It's ok if you dream of my awesome mower all day, I understand :D :D :D :D :D :D :p :p :p
LOL :D :D :D :sleeping:

logan
09-29-2005, 09:25 AM
I've never had this problem..

One of you two would be way out of line. Assuming it's him.. I would simply say that I think my price is fair and this is what I need to charge to successfully run my business. Thank you for your time.

Assuming it's you... I'd say the same thing. :) Or haggle a little.. if I wanted the job.


It was a quarter acre lot. She wanted mowing trimming edging blowing weeds in beds palms and hedges. I gave her a price of 120 a month (half an hour worth of work each time). She is paying 55 a month now. I don't mind losing bids to cheap skates.