Three times this winter, I have submitted bids knowing what the client payed out the prior year to the winning bidder. My thinking is why would i submit a bid that is less than the person was willing to pay the year prior (these were city government bids and the amounts paid were public information) I just bid a school district and found out the winning bidder bid 3000.0 less than what the district paid out last year. The district paid out 15000.0 the year prior. I cannot believe a low baller would come in and do something so stupid. My bid was 16500.0 There must be a lot of people who don't figure the "cost of doing business" the same way I do. Anyways just ranting on my seriously frustrating winter bidding season. This was a job that I figured would take a full day. 9-10 hours, with two riders (60 and 72 " Z's) and a guy trimming. The winning bidder said he would do it for 495.0 My bid figured out to 660.0 I thought my bid was on the low low end. Oh well.