Don't remember it being this way last year.

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by 205mx, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
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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.
     
  2. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    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.

    Found a current picture.

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  3. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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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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  4. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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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.
     
  5. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
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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.
     
  6. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
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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.
     
  7. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I been in it since 1981 seen them come and seen them go its a part of life.
     
  8. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So Snyder, how many around more than 5 years?
     
  9. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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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.
     
  10. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,342

    Right on my man! Right on!
     

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