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Old 09-02-2011, 09:10 AM
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Very Large Company Beat my bid

We are new to irrigation. We have repaired many many systems but only installed 2 news. Well we put in a bid for a new commercial project two weeks ago and the owner called me yesterday to inform me that another company beat our bid. This doesnt bother me although we really need the work with the horrible drought we are in, but I am mainly concerned that they beat our bid by half. They are the big guys and would have guessed 100% that our bid would of been less.How could this be? Are they getting materials that much cheaper by buying in bulk? I thought we were getting a good price on material online which was cheaper than what the local Ewing was giving us. Can someone help me understand this? They even beat my sod install by $1,000 and I knocked it down $25 a pallet because of the bulk. I just dont know how they are doing it.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:45 AM
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:31 AM
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:05 PM
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:28 PM
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:39 PM
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you say you are new to irrigation, only have installed 2 systems ,buying parts online , and this was a commercial job. And your bid was twice that of a larger established irrigation company , Sounds like you either screwed up the bid , or the larger company is hungrier than you . Yes they probably get a much better price than you at the supply house , they buy a lot more .

I see it quite a bit here new guys bidding higher than the established companies , basically due to lack of experience.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:20 PM
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Dont expect to get a good deal at Ewing.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:31 PM
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What I have seen locally is the low bidders are spacing rotors with barely any overlap, say 6" or less. Doesn't amount to a hil of beans on a small scale but over a large commercial property it can add up. There are many ways to cut corners and shave off on a bid but beating you by half, one of you is way off.
And on the sod: they guys rolling out sod here on commercial jobs are installing for $ .25 a yard.
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Old 09-03-2011, 09:48 AM
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Some of the replies are relatively accurate, however, without seeing site details/bid specification and the guts of your bid I cannot say to what extent.
Regarding sod, again depending upon site conditions especially at a commercial site, almost always the palletized sod supplier provides the installation and not the irrigation contractor.
And yes, larger companies buying in bulk receive better material pricing - it is called economy of scale and is also quite difficult for a smaller operation to match.
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:51 AM
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you say you are new to irrigation, only have installed 2 systems ,buying parts online , and this was a commercial job. And your bid was twice that of a larger established irrigation company , Sounds like you either screwed up the bid , or the larger company is hungrier than you . Yes they probably get a much better price than you at the supply house , they buy a lot more .

I see it quite a bit here new guys bidding higher than the established companies , basically due to lack of experience.
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