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Old 03-17-2010, 10:07 PM
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Do you understand "NO!"?

Pertaining to my "Watch your back." thread, as well as some others.

The other contractor was told on Monday by Public Works that the local city is once again hiring my company, that he did not get the bid.

This contractor asked the representative from the city why they chose my bid over his. They said that I had lowered my price and he was more, and with no reason to change vendors, they hired me.

He then asked what it would take to get the bid from me, what price he would have to put in. The representative said that would not be fair, that both bids have been submitted and the decision has been made.

Today I got a call from the Public Works department giving me the heads up that this other contractor has now contacted the city council, blaming public works for shady dealings and once again slandering my company.

The city council member called the public works department and asked what was going on, and after their discussion the city council member realizes what's going on.

I guess I just don't understand how you don't just put your bid in and move on.

This morning I found out that I've lost a commercial account that I've had for 12+ years. It's in a market that's gone completely soft, and over the years I've lost the 10 other accounts I had in the area.

I went into this year fairly certain that I would no longer have the account, and sure enough, got the call today. This is not the first bid that I've lost. I did not grovel, beg or cry to the property that I should be the one to have it. I said thank you for the past business, and if anything should happen to the new contractor, or if they did not perform, that I would honor my bid for 12 months.

I guess not everyone operates the same way.
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:10 PM
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That isn't right. What goes around comes around.
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:31 PM
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atleast you did the rite thing unlike your competitor.
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:37 PM
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Rude rude rude. I put bids in on some commercials this winter for the first time and I'm currently awaiting the results. Hope my competitors aren't that disrespectful to fellow lawn services!
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:25 PM
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your 14 and a bidding on commercial work??????? shoot me now
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:27 PM
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your 14 and a bidding on commercial work??????? shoot me now
Um, I think you posted in the wrong thread.

Who's 14?
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:56 AM
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Thats nothing....wanna here shady I got an old boss I can tell you about. So shady I had to quit! Like they say..."What goes around comes around"

They will go broke and we can just laugh all the way to tha bank!
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Old 03-18-2010, 01:20 AM
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Um, I think you posted in the wrong thread.

Who's 14?
With the brilliant conclusion that you joined the site at age 8. . .

That stinks about the contract - I have outbid, and been outbid many times on commercial accounts, and I've never really had to deal with a poor sport. Lucky you.
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Old 03-18-2010, 04:42 AM
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Just knew someone would have to ask about this. I have liability insurance under an actual mowing policy in the name of my father that I pay the bill for. The people understand this when I submit the bid, and they didn't turn me down on the spot. I've been all residential before now, who knows, I might not even get these commercials. I just thought they would be a good way to try to expand my small business, though I wanted to make sure I was insured and payed Uncle Sam before I went after it. Any more questions just ask.
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Old 03-18-2010, 05:49 PM
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yeah i have a question. how do you fit a 48" ztr and a 21 incher on a trailer that small, especially when it's only 36" wide???

your trailer is as long as my smallest trailer is wide.
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