Ethics or Just Business!!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LoneStarLawn, Feb 14, 2001.

  1. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Scenario:

    Your handing out flyers. Going door to door placing your flyer in the proper place on the door. It is easy for you to do because you have door hangers or you have a full sheet flyer (8.5x11). As you had out flyers in a neighbor you would like to expand in, you start to notice a small flyer (about 1/4 of a page) that is either thrown near the door or stuck under the matt. You read the flyer and notice that they offer about the same service, but they have included the price (printed) on the flyer for basic lawn maintenance for that area. So what do you do?

    (a) Grab the flyer from the floor near the door and place it in your pocket to dispose of later while placing your flyer in it's proper place.

    (b) Leave their flyer alone and just place your flyer in its proper place.

    (c) Grab the flyer from the floor near the door and place it in your pocket to later place in a high end (so they will get calls for very low prices) neighborhood while placing your flyer in it's proper place.

    (d){ADD YOU OWN}


     
  2. Groundcover Solutions

    Groundcover Solutions LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i like C but. We used to grab all of the flyers and put them in our flyer passing out sport ut. but we had so meny flyers that we could not even see the floor. Now we just have beeter flyers than every one else and we get all of the business. Hope this is of good use. LOL
     
  3. Chris Marino

    Chris Marino LawnSite Member
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    I would do b. The flier that is more professional looking should prevail.
     
  4. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hi Chris,welcome aboard.Im about 50 minutes from you.I would do B,It wouldnt be right to rip up his flyers-unless you find he's taking yours-then all's fair.

    [Edited by John DiMartino on 02-14-2001 at 08:34 PM]
     
  5. Five Star Lawn Care LLC

    Five Star Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would go with B...One company took all my flyers from a subdivision and stuffed them into one mail box....real frickn cute, im glad im not that desperate for accounts.
     
  6. VLM

    VLM LawnSite Member
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    I would do a. Business is competition, only the strong survive. If he came along after you, what do you think he would do? That's right, he'd take your flier. Besides, the most likely scenario is that both of your flers will be tossed in the trash, so you are really doing the homeowner a service by disposing of their trash (some of it anyway).
     
  7. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
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    Its pretty important what a man thinks of himself
    ENUFF SAID
     
  8. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think I would leave them lay. I would take my chances and target the neighborhood a couple days later. I don't think a customer is going to call the minute they pick up the other flyer. This way you don't get blamed for "wherever" the other flyers may end up. A lot of people on Lawnsite preach about working with your competition and being friendly, so taking others flyers wouldn't be very ethical. You have the ability to come back in a day or two and hang your professional looking hangar on the door and that should sell yourself better than the one thrown on the ground. That's just the way I would handle it!
     
  9. cleancut

    cleancut LawnSite Member
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    If there's other flyers, I usually like to get a look at them..Most of the time, they're so unprofessional that they actually make mine look that much better..It seems like most flyers around here just have a name and number..I actually put a little time and effort in mine and usually get the business....Derrick
     
  10. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    ditto awm!

    I definately would look at them to size up the competition.

    My feeling is that I have to out pro my competition! Not just in my work, but in marketing, and in pro ethics, and....
     

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