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Dave Maher
08-24-2008, 03:14 PM
Latest mailer says " sign up now and get 33% off on the last treatment of this year".

Reg. Price Savings Price
2k $44.50 $29.82
4k $52.00 $34.84
6k $62.00 $41.54
8k $71.40 $47.84
10k $81.10 $54.34

each addl. $4.80 per 1000ft2

Whitey4
08-24-2008, 03:17 PM
I just got a mailer yesterday... they want $48 for straight fert on a 2k lawn. :laugh:

quiet
08-24-2008, 06:12 PM
Interesting seeing market variations. Pricing for the mailing they sent me:

2,000 $33.30 $22.31
4,000 $40.50 $27.14
6,000 $53.01 $35.51
8,000 $64.98 $43.53
10,000 $78.75 $52.77

Over 10K $4.32/1000 sf

I'm near Austin, TX

kppurn
08-24-2008, 06:37 PM
We received one about two weeks ago...

2K $39.50 $26.47
4K $43.90 $29.41
6K $53.80 $36.05
8K $61.60 $41.27
10K $71.90 $48.17

Over 10K- each additional K $3.90

ted putnam
08-24-2008, 07:10 PM
Ya think that last app might be something cheap....like Lime or maybe water and a little weed control? The variations in price are interesting...

grass4gas
08-24-2008, 09:44 PM
Yea, all the big companies do this every year to a certain extent. Sign up now and get two apps free. Bull s**t. If their discounting their service that much to get business, I'm sure the customer is only getting a partial amount of product applied. Nothing is free. Nothing

I'm just a small owner/operator. I do not advertise. My business comes from referalls or contractors. I may do some advertising next year only to get my name out there more, but I will not discount my service to attract more customers.

Jack

rcreech
08-24-2008, 10:18 PM
We received one about two weeks ago...

2K $39.50 $26.47
4K $43.90 $29.41
6K $53.80 $36.05
8K $61.60 $41.27
10K $71.90 $48.17

Over 10K- each additional K $3.90

I have not received anything from them yet....but this is right about where Scotts is around me!

Not sure they have had any price increases yet though!

mikesturf
08-24-2008, 11:01 PM
My quote for NW suburbs of Chicago (33% off)
2K $27.47
4K $30.82
6K $39.26
8K $46.03
10K $52.46

I am amazed that their "normal" price for example a 6K lawn is $58.60 with 6 or 7 visits per year. Then tack on $65 for aeration and $75 for grub control.

rcreech
08-24-2008, 11:10 PM
I am sure that their "Regular Price" is just inflated...because their "33% off price" is what I see here all year round!

They are just trying to make the customer feel like they are getting a good deal.

If I prices much above their "33% off price" I wouldn't get much work around here!

They think they are slick...don't they! :laugh:

Runner
08-24-2008, 11:30 PM
Well, on the mailer, it states that this price only applies to the LAST application of the season, and that all other aps until then are to be performed at the normal rate.
Now, can yoiu only IMAGINE just how many aps they'll try to squeeze in before they put down their last cheap ap at 1/2 the rate?

ted putnam
08-24-2008, 11:32 PM
Interesting seeing market variations. Pricing for the mailing they sent me:

2,000 $33.30 $22.31
4,000 $40.50 $27.14
6,000 $53.01 $35.51
8,000 $64.98 $43.53
10,000 $78.75 $52.77

Over 10K $4.32/1000 sf

I'm near Austin, TX

Just an observation on my part. You are closest to my area, so I am comparing to what you have listed. They are about 10% higher on their minimum than me, Very close in the 4-6k range and higher in the above 6k range. It would seem to me that they are being as competitive as possible in that 4-6k range which in my opinion is not surprising given that lawns up to about that size are the ones you make the greatest profit on. Of course, you don't make squat on anything you discount 33%. So I still maintain that the last app is a very cheap or "do nothing" app whose only purpose is to "reel em in".

quiet
08-25-2008, 11:14 AM
I certainly can't say I know for sure what their app is, but the few times I've noticed, I've only seen bags of 21-0-0 on their truck for their granular apps.

garydale
08-25-2008, 06:13 PM
We have and will be offering your last scheduled application "free" on new accounts.
Its good marketing, with your last appl. usually being maintenance lime or straight N.

Our big expense is finding new accounts. You can always make up for the "freebie" if you get the sale. Its getting new accounts thats hard. IMO A high volume of work can give you alot of options.

LIBERTYLANDSCAPING
08-25-2008, 06:56 PM
We have and will be offering your last scheduled application "free" on new accounts.
Its good marketing, with your last appl. usually being maintenance lime or straight N.

Our big expense is finding new accounts. You can always make up for the "freebie" if you get the sale. Its getting new accounts thats hard. IMO A high volume of work can give you alot of options.

N used to be cheap, but that $8.00 bag of 46-0-0 is more like $25.00 these days:cry: The other problem is I can't lock new customers in for next year, as I have no idea what my fert. cost will be next year:dizzy:

garydale
08-27-2008, 10:05 AM
You need to make your "best Guess" like all of us do this upcoming year.
Add a clause to your proposals ie:"we reserve the right to pass along any direct costs beyond our contol". IMO