That Customer I think everybody has one

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by meicher806, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. meicher806

    meicher806 LawnSite Senior Member
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    So every year i put my spring ad in the paper and it seams that every year there is a older lady im guessing around 75 to 80 years old that calls for a bid on tree work and lawn mowing. (5 years this year will make 6) I never get the bid, normaly i would go giver her my price on the slim chance i might get it. This year im thinking about lowering my price to see if i cant maybe get into her neighborhood. Has anybody else thought about or done this, this year due to the uncertainty of the economy? just wondering.
     
  2. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,778

    I wouldn't lower your price for her, because from the sounds of it, she will be nothing but a pain in the a*s.
     
  3. Johnny Mac

    Johnny Mac LawnSite Member
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    I agree, forget her, tell her you are too busy, don't lower your price. She may just be using you to verify she is getting a good deal from whoever she has been using.

    fwiw, I have been in business 24 years (not lawn care) and I have already proven to everyone in this city we can 'do it'.. so I 'do it' for the money..

    5 years of free estimates is more than enough... good luck
     
  4. Perfect Image TLM

    Perfect Image TLM LawnSite Senior Member
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    Couldn't agree more...
     
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes I am tempted to do that as well but I'm still not going to, it's just not worth it.

    Unless you want to do charity work, in which case I would have no problem.
     
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2009
  6. Lucky Star Lawn Care

    Lucky Star Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    Im in it for the money!!! And I do also enjoy what I do
     
  7. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,167

    My gut says PITA. What does yours say? Have you met her? Raise my price? Maybe. Lower it yet? NO WAY.
     
  8. ambersLawnmowing

    ambersLawnmowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    5 years you have been bidding it? My question is why isnt the person she goes with staying? sounds like a pita to me. I generally stay away from those. I always ask if they have gotton other bids or had lawn service before. If the answer is yes then i ask why are you thinking of a change?
    But 5 years means, no one wants it.
     
  9. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Sounds like a proud old biddy that wants your business at a high school mower's prices. The key word is PROUD. Gotta love them...gotta love NOT working for them, too. I always wave when I drive by! :waving:
    $0.02
     
  10. Pro Edge Lawn & Landscape

    Pro Edge Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 98

    Agree with Dlawns.. What I do is each time I raise my price.. 2 things will happen either you scare her with the price and she wont call you ( and waste your time ) or she will say hell ya and it will be worth it for you!
     

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