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Old 02-18-2009, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by PROCUT1 View Post
Heres one.

Lowballers. We hate them. Everybody that is cheaper than us is a "lowballer"


Is a lowballer a lowballer if he is making more money off the job than you are?

If you charge 40 and break even
And he charges 25 and makes 10

Whos better off?

I learned never to criticize someone whos bank account is bigger than mine.
This is the problem that has created such a difference in mowing prices. Some companies could mow a lawn for $25, while I might have/want to get $40 for the same one.

I think there is a fine line between charging what you need to make a profit, and lowballing. If you read my thread on the municipal bid I just did, my bids were $30+ per acre, while the winning and low bidder was $15 per acre. I cannot understand why anyone in their right mind would mow for $15, and still make money at it, but who am I to judge them.

What I would like to see is that guy charging $15 understand that he could charge $30, and people would be willing to pay it. He either knows his costs, or he doesn't. Once he gets into mowing the properties, it will be fairly obvious whether he knows or doesn't know his costs.
Steve M. Krieger
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Quality Lawn & Landscape, Inc.
Serving Western New York since 1998.

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