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Old 02-27-2013, 09:19 PM
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Check or cash?
either one. i'd make sure the check cleared before i did the first cut though.

if it bounced i'd say $3250 cash or find someone else.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:29 PM
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One thing I tell new (or prospective) customers is that "I price my jobs at a very competitive rate to start with, so I can't discount the price for multiple jobs very much at all and still stay in business". Not only do most people understand that, but the fact is, in my case at least, it's true.

In addition, you can make the statement that (when it comes to giving discounts for multiple accounts) "if you see people taking 10 to 20 % off of their regular price for multiple accounts, I would ask myself what kind of mark up are they initially dealing with that would allow them to reduce the amount by that much and still stay in business"?

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Old 02-27-2013, 09:49 PM
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Did you factor in the possible price of fuel by mid-summer? If it happens to go toward $5.00/gallon, can you absorb that and still make a reasonable profit?
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:52 PM
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I would approach it differently. I would bid it out at my normal prices and if paid in full cash/check would offer a 5% discount for not having to bill or hassle with collecting. If they bock at your pricing you know they are just price shopping.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:02 PM
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:25 PM
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I would approach it differently. I would bid it out at my normal prices and if paid in full cash/check would offer a 5% discount for not having to bill or hassle with collecting. If they bock at your pricing you know they are just price shopping.
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i hate to point this out but 5% of $3120 is $156. so you would be giving more of a discount than if he charged $3000.

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i have no idea what this means???
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:29 PM
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i hate to point this out but 5% of $3120 is $156. so you would be giving more of a discount than if he charged $3000.
I understand that. However from a marketing stand point it is a even %age. People relate to percentages rather than an amount off. If you said I will only give you 120 off he is going to say really? only 120 for 3000 worth. Now if you say I can give you 5%, either they do the math and renegotiate or sign. Marketing!!!
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:35 PM
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If you really want the properties, I don't think padding your bid to adjust for discount is good advice. Chances are he is getting multiple estimates since he is already looking for a discount.

For the made up number of 3120, 3k is fair. Gives the guy a weeks worth for free.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:39 PM
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I understand that. However from a marketing stand point it is a even %age. People relate to percentages rather than an amount off. If you said I will only give you 120 off he is going to say really? only 120 for 3000 worth. Now if you say I can give you 5%, either they do the math and renegotiate or sign. Marketing!!!
that's where you mess up. you don't tell him the original cost. all you tell him is what you will charge. $3000

he has no idea how much of a discount he is getting if any at all. if he asks how much of a discount did you give me you can just say 10% or something. how is he gonna know?
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:40 PM
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Did you factor in the possible price of fuel by mid-summer? If it happens to go toward $5.00/gallon, can you absorb that and still make a reasonable profit?
We have actually started using fuel surcharges if it goes up x percent. Nearly all have understood and take it well. Only a couple have griped about it, but knew they would bock at any price change what so ever.
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