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Ahhhh low ballers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by touhey33, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. touhey33

    touhey33 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 771

    I just got lowballed, by someone offering to cut a 1 acre lawn for $25 dollars, I only charge $43 and thought I was low, but $25 dollars geez. I live in Hamilton County Indiana the richest county in the State and am putting up with this crap. I didn't think the economy would affect me but I've already lost 4 accounts althought one was to someone whos moving. Also the customer said thought $25 dollars was low too, but asked for references and apparently this persons been in business 10 years.
  2. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    lowballer shmoballer. I'm sick of these threads. Instead of crying on LS, go out and find more work, or educate YOUR customers better. Apparently your customers feel your work may not be worth the money they are paying. I don't know but all these lowball this and lowball that is making me sick. 2-3 guys each day come on here and cry the blues because they lost a customer.
  3. touhey33

    touhey33 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 771

    You know what you're right, I guess because this is the first time i've lost a customer to a lower price I'm just frustrated, but I really just need to start busting my butt and advertise and fill up my schedule. Thanks for the reality check.
  4. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220


    MAN you took the words right out of my mouth.

    YAYAYA this guy can do it cheeper than I can, YA, YA, YA
  5. Field King

    Field King LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 266

    Not trying to offend anyone but most of the people in Hamilton county PRETEND to have lots of money, but as soon as a cheaper deal came along, goodbye Mr. lawnguy, there is an old saying in Indianapolis area that the people in Carmel (northside) have a $300,000 house and $50,000 in the bank and the people in Greenwood (southside) have a $50,000 house and $300,000 in the bank, maybe the economy has hit that high income northside? Keep the quality in your work and u will prevail in the long run!
  6. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    Exactly. You win some you lose some. In the end, you might get a call from them mid season saying the "other" lawn guy stopped coming. Your door is wide open then. You can actually charge a little more if you wanted but I'd say keep it the same if nothing has changed. :usflag:
  7. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,444

    And wealthy people got that way by watching their money. Most here would consider me one of those. And I still "shop around" to get the best deal I can. But I always compare "apples to apples".

    Sell yourself and the quality of your work and stop thinking about "selling" a price.

    We've had a few customers ask us to lower prices this year, we've told all of them that they won't be getting a price increase this year just like we haven't raised their price the last 2 years. If they threaten to "shop" we say perhaps you're buying more services than you really should be in this economy and see if we can't cut back on some of their expense by scaling back what we're doing for them.

    Like everyone else, we do lose some customers every year to someone who's quoting them a lower price. We generally get them back within a few months and they never leave again. Seems once they demand the same service they were getting (quality) the "cheap guy" wants more money or simply hasn't the ability to give them the service they're used too.
  8. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,597

    I lost one too... I had 5:dancing: gotta love starting out with this crap!
  9. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,746

    If this guy is mowing an acre and performing high quality work---I want to see the results!
    An old man brushhogs an acre here for 25.00 but he doesn't do anything else and throws grass all over the damn place. If we do an acre lawn, I guarantee it wouldn't be for no 25.00 or 43.00.....
    I am sorry, but that ain't worth my time and expense on my equipment and the cost of running men across that lawn for 30 minutes..That is using large Z equipment too!
    This guy can have that customer--because he is heavily in debt and needs that work that bad.
  10. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,993

    Quit the crying. I guarantee you lowballed someone with that $43.00 price!

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