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Old 03-10-2009, 07:09 PM
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Price Point is Key in 2009

Found out today I lost 2 new 20K plus commercial bids on price point alone. No matter your perceived advantage, or disadvantage in this economy it's cut throat period. The bidding wars have started in Memphis You may "click" with the local manager in charge of the property; however it's price point that's winning the bids. The bean counters are calling the shoots this year, no matter your size Solo, big or small, their is no clear cut advanatage in 2009 on new bidding so far. I don't purchase the cheapest, nor the best as a general rule myself, consumers just don't give a rats anymore their going DIRT CHEAP.

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Old 03-10-2009, 07:31 PM
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I'm actually starting to get a little worried as well.

Commercial property we maintain that is average between 16-1800p per month income over the last three years usually just takes the contract same day, signs and faxes back. Its been a little over a week now and no response. It wouldn't kill me but it sure would hurt.
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:46 PM
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where in central NJ are you from LB?
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:49 PM
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Is anyone trying the pay me now or pay me later angle? If so what has been your experience? Here between water savings, extending plant life and the overall value to a property a properly maintained L/S offers a person would be foolish to take the cheap guy.

It would just end up costing them more in the long run. Significantly more in fact. That is my marketing angle for the spring, I am revamping some literature right now. Going from promoting just the quality to promoting the value.
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:08 PM
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How about I get my money, they pay whenever they want. Accepting credit cards is great. I'm not going into the business of financing, so no "pay me later".
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:26 AM
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How about I get my money, they pay whenever they want. Accepting credit cards is great. I'm not going into the business of financing, so no "pay me later".
whatever
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:36 AM
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It seems I grossly misunderstood what you were saying. My apologies.
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:41 AM
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People that will be affected are,

I notice already that the people affected are big fertilizing companies, installation people like ponds, flower beds, tree's, customers will cut back on things that don't really benefit them. I got a customer that wants me to open her pool, fertilize her lawn and do everything but then I got the cheaps that want the basics.

Lawns this year will be full of weeds, no edging, over growth, and brown burnt grass.
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:45 AM
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I've got competition this year (they started last year) plastering the area with $27 per/cut everywhere.....Not directly in response but with these guys in mind (and the economy), I felt I had to offer a competitive special - $30 per/cut + 2 free cuts for 1/3rd acre or less lawns....

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Old 03-12-2009, 01:21 AM
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