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Old 08-26-2008, 08:31 PM
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We try to decrease our prices by at least 10% each year. We now have a handful of customers that we actually have to pay for the honor of servicing their lawn. Good times
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:32 PM
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yes but even the amount of work involved in "routine maint" will decrease as the years go on. that's, if you're good at it, and honest
bobbyge,

It took me awhile to catch on. I like what you say, you jog the mind. Anyone who is able to build a successful business by promising to do less over time and fulfill the promise is smarter than most.

You're not really from France!
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:09 PM
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stop!!!!!! don't look at his words directly!!! you'll go blind

and get away from there and don't pay any mind to the man behind the curtain

because you see phast you never really left kansas at all
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:23 PM
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oh no, i'm sorry fellas but i strongly disagree. if you are chasing weeds year after year it means one of two things #1- you suck at it. or #2- you have failed to educate the customer on proper watering. this reminds me of a story, it happened in mid spring this year. i was doing my usual saturday mowing route and stopped in a diner to pee. i saw i guy i know. his name is ED. i said , "hey ed, what's up?" he said , "nothing, i just got done killing the dandelions at my house." i said, "yea, i couldn't help but notice you had a ton of them when i drove by." he said, "yup, but not for long...you see, every year, i kill them. i been doin it like this for 20 yrs." i said, " tell me, ed, just what exactly do you do?" he said, " well, at the end of may, i apply weed and feed with my spreader. within 2 weeks, all the dandelions are dead." i said, "hmmm, and you "kill" them, every year?" he said, "yup, it works great." so i slapped him and left .
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:28 PM
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How many "Ed's" are there in France?? Was he eating a croissant?
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:37 PM
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I'm sincere, haven't cut prices and don't intend to. Matter of fact we had increase in the fall of 2008.

I get paid for MAINTAINING what I've helped the owner to achieve.



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well, now you are all "professionals", aren't you? you see, i know that my first year on a property requires more treatments, more scouting, and more attention. as the years roll on, and we develop a healthier turf, and have the customer educated to the correct watering techniques, we need alot fewer treatments to maintain the now healthy, strong, resistant lawn. a real professional can actually lower the price of the program as the years go on, because there is far less involved in the program. unless, of course....you're delivering unnecesary treatments. but i just know, "professionals" wouldn't do such a thing. would you?
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:49 PM
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Booby Get A Life.
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:58 PM
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I sell preventative maintenance. What you deem as unnecessary, my customers consider insurance against potential issues.

That being said I do a "buy 2 years, get one free" deal just so I can milk welfare every third year.
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:59 PM
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Old 08-26-2008, 10:17 PM
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I knew a French guy one time...His name was Ed...Ed Smith. He loved fine French cuisine. French Fries, French Toast, French Vanilla Ice Cream, etc...
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