The competition's getting desperate now....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by justmjc, Mar 22, 2004.

  1. justmjc

    justmjc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 261

    Since I've had my flyer made up and had included a price that I start pricing from, I've noticed other companies do the same. However, they are writting up $20 flat fees on some, $22 on others, etc....Another company says all lawns cut from $15-$25 depending on the lawn. None state they are insured, and one claims they provide spraying and fertilization. With such cheap rates, I wonder if he's licensed or insured. I'm not in spraying or fertilization, so I don't advertise for it.

    Anyways, this just happend recently so I know the competition is getting desperate. The only thing that really boggles my mind is the lack of effort they put into thier flyers. Literally, they are shameful. But, I'm very proud to say that my flyers are about the best looking so far in the area that have gone around and I'm excited about that. I just hope having a pretty good all around flyer will pull more responces than my competition.

    $15 for some lawns. LOL. I'm going to hire him to service my accounts and pocket the difference. Damn, scrubs.....
     
  2. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    How much is a lisence there? What about insurance? $1200 a year for both? Maybe his mortage is less than yours by $200 so he can work cheaper.
     
  3. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    justmjc-

    All the scrubs will start to fall off of the face of the earth by mid July when it gets "warm" outside!
     
  4. workaholic

    workaholic LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 260

    I dont send any thing out other then price increases at the beginning of each year. Not to say you shouldnt. We have never really had a problem with lowballers and if we do then, if they are willing to do it cheaper they either wont last or the price will increase next year or the following. I do recall this women that was on a fixed income. and she decided to get a lowballer because she thought that i was getting to expensive. Well he didnt last a year and she was calling me back. So i raised her price 5.00 and she excepted and said to me she will never do that again....
     
  5. dlandscaping

    dlandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from mass
    Posts: 835

    The Vietnamese just passed out a flyer around here saying 2 times monthly $25, 4 times $50. There are 5 crews of them that work from 6am to 7pm. They drive the price down, and every year they get more and more people. Thinking of calling the bbb to see if they are insured, their flyer said "Yard Work". No one here can compete with their prices, and the only way they make money is volume with no overheard.
     
  6. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,116

    I pulled up to one of my cusotmer's homes today and there was a white 8.5 X 11 note taped to the door. I thought it might have been a note my customer had left for me. It was actually a new business in my area. Low and behold, someone from within my very own industry!!! Lee's Lawn Care. Big bold print: No Contract to Sign. Next line: Weekly service or call us when you want it done.

    At least he won't have to worry about lost revenue due to people skipping. Since he has no schedule to begin with, skipping isn't even possible.

    Later,
    DFW Area Landscaper
     
  7. ((Just Grass))

    ((Just Grass)) LawnSite Member
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    :mad: You know what you HAVE TO DO :gunsfirin :angel: LOL
     
  8. fishman644

    fishman644 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    I've had a few try to undercut me by half of what i was charging but i have a very faithful list of customers that i've been with for years and they turned them away. My clients knew they wouldnt get the service and the trust that they get from me. I did have one go with the cheaper price but they were calling me back 3 weeks later and they offered to pay me more.
     
  9. jplawnservice2005

    jplawnservice2005 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    where in michigan, and how do u get commercial accounts. I want to atlease try to get a few bids in for mainly small unit condo's or apts and a few office building complexs. I have called some property management companies and they dont give me the time of day. I live on the border of Macomb and St. Clair County. Do u have any companies you go though to get bids in for your accounts if you do, can u pass along the name and the number. Thank you
     
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    Welcome to the world of networking(i.e. kissing up).
     

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