ripley's believe it or not

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Nov 28, 2003.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    general grounds. i've done quite a few estimates in manalapen, i'm zero for 15. big expensive homes, and aparently tight pocket books. here was one i thought was funny: man calls, he wants a row of arbs across the back fence. he wants 8 footers. i quote him $175 a piece for heavy, full, 8 ft arbs. his face turns white as a sheet. so he says how bout like 5 and a half footers. i say $85 each for 5-6 foot, heavy arbs. he looks sick. he says how bout 4 footers. i say i can do 4 footers for $60 each. and before we go any further, i can't plant seeds. he isn't happy. he says how fast do they grow? i said i've seen a foot and a half in a good year, but that's not typical. he says, "ok bob, no offense, but now i think you don't know what you are talking about. when i lived in my other house, i bought a emerald green arb, in a pot, it was 18 inches tall when i bought it in early spring. by fall,it was 5 and a half feet tall." i told him to call ripley's believe it or not, and high tailed it out of there.
     
  2. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Its people like that that you can pretty eaisily assume they work for someone else, and dont run a business. If they knew all the expenses that went into a air conditioned office job, I think they would begin to work harder, and realize stuff aint cheap. If were supposed to be makin a livin off of this job, WHY do people thenk we do this stuff free?
     
  3. BMGLandscape

    BMGLandscape LawnSite Member
    from CT
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    hey don't you know your not suppose to talk about customer relations on here.its not very professional LOL J/K
     
  4. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
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    Where does he live? I'll underbid you on the 8' for $115. :p

    Don't you know that your not allowed to make a decent living? After all your a dirty landscaper, with no edjumacation. :cool:
     
  5. ZX12R

    ZX12R LawnSite Senior Member
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    "Where does he live? I'll underbid you on the 8' for $115"

    My cost on 7'-8' Arbs is $110.00 if I pay for them on the spot and $125.00 if I charge them? How can you plant them for $115.00?? My charge for each arb would be $250.00 -312.00 depending on the customer and other parameters of the job,but,$250.00 is minimum with no guarantee.
     
  6. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    zx, where u getting your stuff? you're gettin smoked on the price. i get 8 ft emerald greens, heavy and healthy, for $85.
     
  7. Ideal Lwns & Landscp

    Ideal Lwns & Landscp LawnSite Member
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    Bobby, are you getting your stuff from Landex???
     
  8. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

  9. Ideal Lwns & Landscp

    Ideal Lwns & Landscp LawnSite Member
    Posts: 78

    where you getting them from for that price..I have some I need and usually get 8' for about $95..$10 less each would make it worth the 10 minute farther ride to manalapan..
     
  10. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    p m me, and i'll tell ya.
     

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