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Do you inform them of suppliers?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by thegreek, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. thegreek

    thegreek LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

    Ive been low-balled on service by my distributors here and there whether it be brick or sprinkler systems or nurserys in general. Anyways Im alot closer with my sod farm now and sometimes when I do a estimate They ask where I get my sod from and sure enough I answer. When ever or about half the time when I do they call the sod farm luckily they dont do many jobs where im from but the people usually call back and say they have someone that will do it for half what im bidding or ask if they could get a deal. i know simple principles like if you know what your doing in general construction its 50-50 being half material and half labor. im just saying easy way of quick guess-stimate . anyways my question is i really get the sod from a middle man for a cheaper price then the farm generally sells to people but should I be vague cause it seems everytime i give all details i just end up losing alot more jobs.
  2. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,640

    I NEVER give out where my stuff comes from. It's pretty much a take it or leave it price. I don't even break materials down per each on an estimate.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Nah, I just do it for about half what everyone else is bidding,
    the only part that blows my mind is why I am so tired every day.
  4. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,086

    HALF?! What makes you so special to high-ball?
  5. thegreek

    thegreek LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

    yeah i use to work with people on the price but i live in the bay area where a one bedroom apartment costs you 1100 a month for a garbage rental. half! how do you make a living, but i do understand that since i use to charge half the rate for sod to get all the jobs. but i found out days of 2-4000 square feet and being able to only afford help from one guy while working all day wasnt worth it for me. I would rather see some good money for 10 hr days.
  6. thegreek

    thegreek LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

    and half isnt highballing guy. thats rule of thumb for general construction. Im a journeyman union carpenter and a c-5 contractor. Ive built bridges jails homes schools roofs tons of concrete form work framing and landscaping and found its close to 50-50 and in no way high balling. But then again Im a union carpenter with full benefits and a 1390 gross pay a week so low balling aint really my thing, cause if im not making more then my field why am i doing it right?
  7. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 548

    I never tell people who my suppliers are, even if they are wholesale only sales.
  8. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,804

    I never tell them!!!...Not good for them to know.
  9. Ooomwizard

    Ooomwizard LawnSite Senior Member
    from atlanta
    Posts: 296

    Tell Lowes or Home Depot

  10. thegreek

    thegreek LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

    where im from lowes and home depot have the worst sod. I would never get it from there.

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