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Old 04-19-2005, 09:09 PM
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What will you do if your customers complain that you raised the price per cut because of rising fuel costs now that gas prices are falling fast?
This is exactly the reason you don't tell them you're raising prices because of fuel, but rather becuase of cost of living, increased costs of doing business, etc. But you don't give them one specific reason, especially something that fluctuates like fuel.
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:13 PM
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They are not falling here. Anyway fuel prices will fluctuate. I wouldnt get excited it they fell 50 cents because the next day they can jump back up 50 cents.
To me prices are still high until they drop to under $1. 20 or less-- at least for here
I agree,,,, The big wheels / Gov, have the "people" so F'd up they think $2.08 is a good deal after seeing $2.20 last week around here.

I raised most of my prices mainly because of fuel & certainly won't be lowering them.
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:15 PM
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This is exactly the reason you don't tell them you're raising prices because of fuel, but rather becuase of cost of living, increased costs of doing business, etc. But you don't give them one specific reason, especially something that fluctuates like fuel.
EXACTLY!!!

EVERYTHING is going up in price. Vehicles, Insurance (all), mowers, tools, labor, and lastly....gas.
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:17 PM
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That is where the fuel surcharge shines. Its ONLY in effect for me if prices get over $2.00 per gallon. This is ANY time during the month. But if they fall, I do not charge it.
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Old 04-19-2005, 10:02 PM
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This is exactly the reason you don't tell them you're raising prices because of fuel, but rather becuase of cost of living, increased costs of doing business, etc. But you don't give them one specific reason, especially something that fluctuates like fuel.

Very good advice. Thank you!!
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Old 04-19-2005, 10:27 PM
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Gas here was up to $2.44 about a month ago and have been steadly falling. Its down to $1.90.

Link on gas prices here .
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Old 04-20-2005, 12:05 AM
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Gas here has dropped 40 cents in the last 2 1/2 weeks.
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Old 04-20-2005, 12:24 AM
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Exactly why we use a fuel surcharge (as needed) instead of arbitrarily increasing mowing price across the board.
What Rod said....... The only problem I am having is my proposals (3 carbon from last year. I ordered way to many) have a gas surcharge at $2/gal. Everyone is starting off with a fuel surcharge .
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Old 04-20-2005, 06:42 AM
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The gas surcharge is the way to go but I would boycott ExxonMobil becuase they get most of their oil from Iraq and Suadi Arabia. When all of us are tring to figure out what to do about rasing cost of gas. ExxonMobil are posting their highest profits ever in United States history by a publicly traded company.
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Old 04-20-2005, 07:42 AM
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I did the fuel surcharge last year. This year I raised prices on most. A few I was already doing very well with, I left alone.

Fuel prices are not really going down. In reality, if most of us have been in business a while, we priced our jobs originally based on a gas factor or $1.25 or less per gallon. I had a figure of $1.75 per gallon to be my point for a surcharge. It took 3 yrs for that to happen. I used the surcharge then, but face it, it will never be $1.75 or less again. With everything at $2+, it was just time to make adjustments.

No complaints from anyone so far. If they don't like it, they can take a hike.
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