cost per thousand

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by silverscapes, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. silverscapes

    silverscapes LawnSite Member
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    what are you guys charging per 1000sq just trying to make sure i'm in the right ball park:usflag:
     
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Secret. And besides, if you discuss prices the FBI could arrest you for price-fixing and collusion. Nevertheless, I have a stop charge, and a price per thousand,(which includes cost of chemical and the labor to apply it.) If you charge about what the major players charge you will be in the ball park.
     
  3. silverscapes

    silverscapes LawnSite Member
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    so is 5.00 a thousand in the ball park
     
  4. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
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    Depends on where you live and what your costs are!

    You need to know two things to set your price:

    1) Know all your costs
    2) Know how much profit you want to make


    You can't really worry about what anyone else is charging.

    EXAMPLE

    If you were to use a guys prices that bought his inputs cheap, didn't have much overhead, and equipment was all paid for.

    vs.

    You are buying all inputs in season, renting a building, paying for a truck and equipment etc.... then you will be screwed!

    See what I mean?
     
  5. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Rodney, I could NOT disagree more! I don't care what the business is, knowing what the competition is chraging is of the UTMOST importance! This guy asked if 5/k is OK? Geeze, material cost alone is gonna be around 2/1k!

    Even on 1000 acres, 5/1k is too low! Good grief! Sorry if I am over reacting, but this is a diseased toothless street ho's price for a small area applicator. Maybe I need a beer....
     
  6. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Rodney, sometimes you crack me up...:laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
  7. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Whitey, you're cracking me up even more.....:laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
  8. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    silver, you need to start with a minimum price and go up in increments from there. I mean...an AC repairman's going to charge you a service call fee even if all he does is tighten a screw with a screwdriver. Don't short change yourself....
     
  9. grassguy_

    grassguy_ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
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    LOL, wow is there a IMUS in the House??...JK....Well, probably not on Long Island is $5/M enough, but in many markets $5.00 isn't that far off! Now likewise if your paying $2/M for Material then $5/M isn't going to be enough, but most here in Ohio aren't quite at $2.00 mark.............YET! LOL
     
  10. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    My point with the minimum. Of course, if you'll do 3k for under 15 bucks, I'd be glad to hire you to do my lawns and I'll watch.....:laugh::laugh::laugh:
     

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