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Old 03-31-2013, 09:12 PM
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Same poop, different scoop... To see this trend in full effect, you should visit the central valley of California anytime between March and August. It's absolutely insane around here with how much saturation there is in this area.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:25 PM
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As long as HD keeps having 0% financing on mowers ,you'll keep getting new guys cutting.
There's even a couple mower shops around here that will put tiny 4x6 trailer with a small zero turn and all handhelds and advertise it as "be your own boss" with low payments and no money down.

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Old 03-31-2013, 10:19 PM
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I wasn't sayin that it bothers me. I was just... Wow!! Dont remember there being this many of them last year.
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:38 AM
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I've been doing this for a decade and I've never seen a van or car operation. Seen a few truck only operations, but not many. Most everyone has trailers here. Most everyone has commercial mowers. They all do fine jobs. What they're charging I couldn't tell you. I've never seen a flyer advertising less than $25. Never once.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:27 AM
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I'm new to the scene in my neck of the woods. Only 2nd year in business. I'm fully insured and an established LLC. I'm trying to make my company my future, so I've invested everything into making myself look and function as professional as possible, to be able to function along side the larger companies around me. I myself bid what my market requires. I know my costs, and bid accordingly, and by no means is it ever a low ball. From my perspective, I see a lot of guys running old station wagons charging "10 Buck Cuts", but I don't look twice. I just stay away from his "target market" and stay in the mid to high income areas. The only problem I find is when you go to bid a lawn and they ask why I'm charging $30 and the guy that used to charged $15. My response is usually along the lines of, "The same reason why he isn't cutting grass anymore", however usually with less sarcasm.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:38 AM
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This marks my 30th year and I started out as one of the new guys. Had a 1969 Ford truck everything loaded in the back. Who knows what the stats will be but maybe 1% will stay in the game for more than 5 years. I have had some friends, think about 10 of them that have started and most don't make it to the 3 year mark. Went to buy equipment over the weekend of one friend that started last year. August usually weeds out the week ones.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:01 AM
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I been in it since 1981 seen them come and seen them go its a part of life.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:08 AM
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So Snyder, how many around more than 5 years?
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:10 AM
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for the 20 you see today there are 18.5 who tried last year and quit. There is also a constant stream of low quality customers for these guys. I try to stay outa the way.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:20 AM
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for the 20 you see today there are 18.5 who tried last year and quit. There is also a constant stream of low quality customers for these guys. I try to stay outa the way.
Right on my man! Right on!
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