83 new listings in new yellow pages this year. 12 pages total, now. yellow pages represent 25% of lawnboys in area. if i was a customer.... i would make my lawnboy my b!tch. a true slave he would be. if he tried raising his prices, or gave me a contract, or refused to work for free, why... id get out the whip and start beating him. after all... theres 2800+ more lawnboys in area to jump in and take his place kissing my feet, and sucking my toes if he turns out to be a bad slave. when is it decided that the market is too over saturated and what problems will arise from too much competition? does an abundance of competition bennifit the lawnboys any? or just the customers? what solutions are available to prevent the lawnboys form becoming a bunch of slaves working for free? #1 unionize and set minimum charges and other ground rules? (without the union dues, of course). #2 merge together like banks, telecommunications, and other (smart) corperate giants? #3 drop the license and insurance and taxes to cut costs and buy a pair of knee pads to keep sucking toes? which do you think? any other ideas or comments on this topic. at this rate in 5 years every customer will have their very own private lawnboy that lives in the dog house out back. i think its time to leave the lawn biz and start a biz that makes whips and leashes!!!!!!!