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Old 04-19-2005, 10:14 PM
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Why Now????

Here is one to banter about in the group.

I truly have been wondering why there are so many LCOs popping up all of a sudden?

Some have said it is due to the economy being bad in their area but this is not a local thing. There are a ton of new LCOs all over the nation.

So I ask again "WHY NOW?????"

Is it due to mowers being easier to get?

Is it due to lawnsite.com bringing the business to the masses?

Why now?

And I don't mean just right now in the spring. I mean over the past few years.
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Old 04-19-2005, 10:36 PM
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Some say it's because of the economy.
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Old 04-19-2005, 11:39 PM
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Its all about the position of the moon......just kidding, not sure, but many here seem to think that many people are loosing their jobs or settling for lesser paying jobs and try to supplement income with this industry. Another thought, lots have heard success stories and try for the "easy dollar" or, maybe its the "fumes" from the fresh cut grass.
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Old 04-19-2005, 11:48 PM
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maybe its the "fumes" from the fresh cut grass.
And I thought it was the lack of oxygen from breathing exhaust.

but seriously, on this same note, I passed a guy just this week working out of a suburban. No trailer, just a suburban. He had a rack on the back bench seat to hold his weed eater, and had two push lawnmowers in back...... I used to call the mowing part of this industry "anybody and a PU." lately it's been "anybody and a trailer", but has it come down to anybody who can get a mower to the site? There are tails in other threads of guys towing little red wagons with their lawn tractors from house to house. BTW, the suburban was not "junk". My first thought to my son was...."I wonder if the bank knows he's trashed that thing to endeavor into the mow and blow buisness?".
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Old 04-19-2005, 11:52 PM
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Its easy to get into but hard to stay in. They die out like dandelions every year.

And its one job you CANT OUTSOURCE TO INDIA.
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Old 04-19-2005, 11:59 PM
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And its one job you CANT OUTSOURCE TO INDIA.
Hmm, that just might solve some labor issues, wireless mowers controlled from India...
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Old 04-20-2005, 12:00 AM
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LOL that one had me on floor.
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Old 04-20-2005, 05:26 AM
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I remember hearing the same thing 17 years ago. I was working for a guy when I was 15 and he was complaining that "the market is saturated"
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Old 04-20-2005, 06:05 AM
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3 million jobs have been lost in the past few years is one of the main reasons. New laws put in place in January made it alot easier for China to flood our markets with low cost goods. We are now protesting to China to change its currency laws that has help create a 150 billion$$ trade deficit.
WE are also begging India.
Mexico is also shafting us

On the other hand people see these high dollar outfits going down the road and they thinki we making tons of money and they want a piece of the action
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Old 04-20-2005, 06:38 AM
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China made there currency cheaper than ours. So as the market flucuates Chinas currency is always cheaper than ours. We are tring to change this but large retailers like WAL-MART depend on goods from china for the cheap prices in their stores.
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