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Old 03-06-2013, 06:46 PM
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Bid Opening Dissapointment

Today was the day the city notified the bidders who won. Seasonal price to cut 100 senior citizens yards. Most small yards, 8000sq. ft. or less. 20, 6001-8000 sq. ft.
When the lady announced who she was, I thought I had won the bid. Felt pretty good about myself.

"I am sorry to tell you, yours was not the lowest bid."

"Can you tell me the winning bid?"

"Sure" she says. $18000.00"

Do the math. Somebody is going to cut, trim, edge and blow a lawn for $9.00.

And not just once. But one hundred times, for twenty weeks.

There's lowballing, and there is just not having a clue.

Oh well, back to postcards and flyers.......
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:49 PM
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And your bid was?
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:52 PM
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Are they all in one community? Or spread out?
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:07 PM
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38,000. Yes, all in one community. 3 sq. miles.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:24 PM
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They won the bid, whoopee. Doesn't mean they will follow through. Reality should set in by week 5. Are you at least second runner up?
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:44 PM
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Where's recessionproofmowing been??? He would love this thread...
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:55 PM
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That price will not cover labor costs. Are you confident that is the real wining bid
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:13 PM
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"Do the math." That likely is the problem. Whoever got the job couldn't.
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:29 PM
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Since its a total price. Maybe they are banking on a hot yr to do cuts every other week.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:02 PM
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I would have priced it at between $15 to $20 per yard so that is between $30,000 to $40,000. So you were good on pricing if you ask me. The minimum I charge on any property is $20, but I would do $15 if I didn't have to drive far and I could do a few lawns at a time without loading and unloading. Any way you put it though $9 is way to low.
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