Register free!
Search
 
     

Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-24-2012, 10:10 PM
irrig8r irrig8r is offline
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
Posts: 4,545
Bartering

I don't normally do bartering, but this seems like it could be mutually beneficial.

Mexican gardener stopped me at a mutual client last week to ask whether I could troubleshoot a controller on a small commercial job. Told me he paid some guy $50 to fix it and it still doesn't work right.

Told him I would usually charge more than that, but it's at a small strip mall with a Subway so I stopped for lunch a couple of days ago and took a look.

Hunter Pro-C. Installed 3 years ago. First thing I notice: controller door left unlocked and was probably open for a while because the screw posts on the base module are rusty.

Fixed one issue the last guy screwed up - had one of two spare wires connected to the clock instead of the zone wire. Couldn't get one of three zones to come on... no current passing across that zone post and the common post.

Called the manager of my local Ewing, who put in touch with the new Hunter rep, who fortunately lives in town. Dropped me off a new base module yesterday afternoon and installed it this AM. Voila! Problem solved!

Bulfrano, the gardener, asked how much I'm gonna charge him... I ask, "Are you married?" He says yeah. "Is your wife a good cook?" Sure. "Well then how 'bout you get her to make me a bunch of homemade tamales?"

She's working on them tonight and I'll pick them up early tomorrow morning.
I think it's gonna be a win-win.
__________________
Landscaper. Irrigator. Illuminator. Music lover. Coffee drinker.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-24-2012, 11:04 PM
muddywater muddywater is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 1,813
Ha hell yeah. I pay one of my hispanic guys wife to make me lunch everyday for $5(she does for several of my other employees as well). Now i dont even have to stop for lunch much less eat thatgreasy fastfood crap,
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-25-2012, 05:54 AM
AI Inc's Avatar
AI Inc AI Inc is online now
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Southern NH
Posts: 21,481
Traded a outdoor clock and moving some heads for a fishing charter. Will probably go next week.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-25-2012, 06:14 AM
greenmonster304's Avatar
greenmonster304 greenmonster304 is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: You Know
Posts: 2,420
I barter with the owner of tbe local bicycle shop for bikes for me and the kids.
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-25-2012, 01:21 PM
irrig8r irrig8r is offline
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
Posts: 4,545
Good ideas! A restauant owner asked me to barter once. I didn't but a friend who built a deck for him did and got a few fancy dinners with wine out of it.
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-25-2012, 10:11 PM
Irrigation Contractor Irrigation Contractor is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: South East
Posts: 265
Quote:
Originally Posted by irrig8r View Post
I don't normally do bartering, but this seems like it could be mutually beneficial.

Mexican gardener stopped me at a mutual client last week to ask whether I could troubleshoot a controller on a small commercial job. Told me he paid some guy $50 to fix it and it still doesn't work right.

Told him I would usually charge more than that, but it's at a small strip mall with a Subway so I stopped for lunch a couple of days ago and took a look.

Hunter Pro-C. Installed 3 years ago. First thing I notice: controller door left unlocked and was probably open for a while because the screw posts on the base module are rusty.

Fixed one issue the last guy screwed up - had one of two spare wires connected to the clock instead of the zone wire. Couldn't get one of three zones to come on... no current passing across that zone post and the common post.

Called the manager of my local Ewing, who put in touch with the new Hunter rep, who fortunately lives in town. Dropped me off a new base module yesterday afternoon and installed it this AM. Voila! Problem solved!

Bulfrano, the gardener, asked how much I'm gonna charge him... I ask, "Are you married?" He says yeah. "Is your wife a good cook?" Sure. "Well then how 'bout you get her to make me a bunch of homemade tamales?"

She's working on them tonight and I'll pick them up early tomorrow morning.
I think it's gonna be a win-win.
Tamales are my new Hot Dog! and I am from Chi Town.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-27-2012, 10:50 AM
irrig8r irrig8r is offline
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
Posts: 4,545
The tamales are great! Enough for several meals. Some even made it to the freezer. He says next week he's going to a ranch for a young pig and will make carnitas and bring me some.
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-27-2012, 05:18 PM
GreenI.A.'s Avatar
GreenI.A. GreenI.A. is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North East
Posts: 2,055
Quote:
Originally Posted by irrig8r View Post
............................

Bulfrano, the gardener, asked how much I'm gonna charge him... I ask, "Are you married?" He says yeah. "Is your wife a good cook?" Sure. "Well then how 'bout you get her to make me a bunch of homemade tamales?"

She's working on them tonight and I'll pick them up early tomorrow morning.
I think it's gonna be a win-win.
Would have been hilarious if he said his wife was Irish and got pissed because you assumed the was also Mexican.

I've bartered with a few customers. Last one I did was with the company that does my truck lettering. The owner needed some work done on his system, got a truck lettered in exchange.
__________________
Why do people not respect us as they do other tradesmen? Because every Tom, Dick, and Harry doesn't think he can be a plumber or electrician!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-28-2012, 07:57 PM
greenmonster304's Avatar
greenmonster304 greenmonster304 is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: You Know
Posts: 2,420
took advantage of the cats and dogs rain today brought my old bike in to the shop because the rim was bent. The owner said "I need you to add a zone for my girlfriends garden bed". So I left with a straight rim and this. cant wait till it dries out to hit the trails.
Attached Images
 
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-28-2012, 08:05 PM
Gilmore.Landscaping's Avatar
Gilmore.Landscaping Gilmore.Landscaping is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 639
To be honest I never thought I would barter, but I have done it a few times now.

First time I worked a day for a guy in exchange for a Chain saw and the other time I had a guy work for me for a few days actually for a set a rims I was selling.

I might have to work for food now.....subway is getting boring, haha
__________________
Truck, Mower, Trimmer, Blower.....same as everyone else.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump






Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:31 AM.

Page generated in 0.07923 seconds with 10 queries