Price of Poly Pipe is crazy

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by greenworldh20, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. Broker

    Broker LawnSite Senior Member
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    MD, that's great you can make a 19% increase. Our market just won't bare it.
     
  2. spoolinaround

    spoolinaround LawnSite Senior Member
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    thanks for the offer but I only needed another 150' to finish my back yard bed circut
     
  3. greenworldh20

    greenworldh20 LawnSite Senior Member
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    i will go half with anyone who wants to get into oil drilling...anyone with a 'big' operation ever think about opening up a 'supply' house? you could get materials at cost and sell to competition?

    seems shady, but just a thought...

    brian
     
  4. Luke in Nebraska

    Luke in Nebraska LawnSite Member
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    How much does this machine cost?
     
  5. greenworldh20

    greenworldh20 LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have no clue.

    brian
     
  6. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Think of how many nurseries have an install division. I know a few. Same concept.
     
  7. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Gonna be another rough year. I was quoted .155 per foot two weeks ago for poly......and paid .175 a the time for 1" class 200. That was before they dropped "free" delivery too. I'm just a small one man band..... I made a large purchase (for me anyway) of poly to lock a price in last fall. I'm going to really miss that .125 poly when I plant the last roll. I've got a '76 aluminum step van I picked up last year for installations and storage. I can't afford to move it at 4mpg now either. So, the subject of price increases was brought up. how about how to best advertise and draw in customers? I am starting year 4 on my own. I know I've got the best service and prices for 50 miles, but I can't seem to drag the customers in. They've got to be so completely PO'd with the lack of service and support from their current provider before they switch I'm almost discouraged beyond belief. My competition here has the going rate for an irrigation turn on and spring backflow test somewhere between $75 and $125. Winterizations are running between $60 and $100. I offer a "season package" that includes both the turn on and winterization for $100 and have yet to double my client list from the end of my first season. I haven't lost anybody that I didn't want to get rid of (bounced checks, etc.) and they only number 4 residential customers in 3 years. I did a lot of sub contracting in year one and not getting paid changed my attitude on that quickly. Is the market in other areas this "tight"? One of my competitors who is fairly new offered a $10 turn on with back-flow test to all new customers prior to April 1st last year. From what I've heard, it didn't net him any significant numbers and he isn't offering it this again this year. Any thoughts from those who have had more success?
     
  8. Broker

    Broker LawnSite Senior Member
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    If company A gets $100 per same service that company B is offering for $50 then it proves that price is not so much an issue as you might think and that you are leaving money on the table along with decreasing the value of the service you are trying to provide. Call all of your customers or send them something in the mail for their spring service. When you schedule the service tell them that you are offering a referral plan for new installations customers and ask them if they would like an outdoor lighting estimate. What you are accomplishing by doing that is 1) you are trying to drum up installations 2) you are trying to up-sell an existing customer that already knows how you will take care of them. You should always have a marketing plan for new construction that should start in the spring BUT it should continue through the entire season. You need to find out what works for you in your market. Take this approach: if a potential customer within 50 miles of you as never heard of your company then damn sure they are not going to give you a call. So get the word out. Good Luck!
     
  9. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think I mentioned this in another thread as well, but our Febco PVbs and Rps are going up 15% this moth as well.
     

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