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Old 09-01-2006, 06:29 PM
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This is nothing new...... I noticed that about four years ago.
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Old 09-01-2006, 06:35 PM
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some are coming a long way they probally thinking they are getting a local half the time, I wish they would stay in there town and us in ours and we would all be better off i reckon (less windshield time)
About a year ago I had one account that was a bit out of the way but I saw another guy there regularly that has several accounts in the immediate area. Same for me, I had a few in an area and I'd see him drive down the street and twenty minutes later leaving.
Kinda funny we were eating breakfast one morning at the same place and that subject came up, he had one account where I had 4 all within 1/2 mile of it, I had one near where he had 5. We were each familiar with the size of each others lawn in the areas we were talking about, approx the same income off of each so we traded. Now less 10-15 minutes less windshield time for both of us.
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Old 09-02-2006, 12:10 AM
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i have to agree with kc on this one. 40 bucks for a 22.5 by 20 yard. thats a little hard to believe unless its on the side of a mountain then i can see it.
What the heck... it's not so much... Don't we lco's love to work for peanuts.

We use tons of machines, gas, trucks and labor and we love to give it away.


Come on....

I do stucco repairs on sites I mow, and one of them the other day, I billed $1,800 for a 6 man hour repair... and that is normal in stucco work. And might I add, with just a trowel and some parging mix. No big machines etc...

LCO's need to wake up (I have)
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Old 09-02-2006, 06:08 AM
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When I first moved to my new area it appeared as though there were guys running everywhere cutting grass with small trailers and Harry Homeowner riders. As time has gone on though I have come to realize that a lot of these small time operations aren't cutting for money. Familys down here go back a long way and a lot of these guys are just doing their mom's, grand mother's or sister's yard. There are new subdivisions after new subsivisions with big houses in them going up all over the place here and next Spring I am going to hit them with a virtual tidal wave of marketing. Most of the real LCOs here are after commercial and the residential market is largly untouched.
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Old 09-02-2006, 07:09 AM
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Jeez, Man They Are Like Ants Here They Are Killing My Profit And Biz,
Same here and it gets worse every year.
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Old 09-02-2006, 08:20 AM
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What the heck... it's not so much... Don't we lco's love to work for peanuts.

We use tons of machines, gas, trucks and labor and we love to give it away.


Come on....

I do stucco repairs on sites I mow, and one of them the other day, I billed $1,800 for a 6 man hour repair... and that is normal in stucco work. And might I add, with just a trowel and some parging mix. No big machines etc...

LCO's need to wake up (I have)

Sleepy time is over, it's time to wake up.


kc
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Old 09-02-2006, 08:51 AM
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Sleepy time is over, it's time to wake up.


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once again i agree with k.c. duracutter 1800 canadian money = jack shizzle united states money.
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Old 09-02-2006, 08:59 AM
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I have noticed the same and will eventually take my neighborhood back from the overcharging lcos by using lowball tactics.
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Old 09-02-2006, 09:15 AM
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I have noticed the same and will eventually take my neighborhood back from the overcharging lcos by using lowball tactics.
It's not lowballing.

It's called being able to take advantage of inflated pricing because you are able to cut the fat in your business and make a profit.

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Old 09-02-2006, 09:22 AM
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No it is not your imagination as we lose good paying jobs due to foreign slave labor more p[eople are picking up mowers it really doesn't bother me because I provide a service most cannot match. Experience goes a long way!
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