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What is wrong with people?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by APLUS LAWN CARE, Mar 9, 2012.


    APLUS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from North Missouri
    Posts: 587

    I am just venting here so don't mind me!

    I went today to submit a bid to the county for mowing a few properties and 3 cemeteries. While I was there I asked to see the amount that was charged last year. I was told that the people who did it last year (I don't know who they are) charged $40 for about a 4 acre cemetery, $40 for about a 5 acre cemetery and $100 for about a 10 acre cemetery. How am I supposed to compete with that?

    I thought my bid was low enough and I was really planning on getting the job and purchased additional insurance for it. What is wrong with people? There is no way they are making money mowing at that price.
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,058

    Did they follow through the whole season at that price or not show up after the first month?
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  3. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    Exactly. They prolly never showed up after the first cut. That's the reason its going back out to bid.
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    APLUS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from North Missouri
    Posts: 587

    Sorry, I guess I should have clarified better. Those prices were what was charged last summer. I am not sure if they mowed it the whole season or not, but I do know that someone has been doing it because it is mowed up nice right now. I bid on it to mow this coming season, but I don't stand a chance against people like that.
  5. weaver

    weaver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,396

    I'm confused, are you saying they mowed it for $40 an acre or $40 for 4 acres?
  6. mikeypizano

    mikeypizano LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 288

    Maybe they were people from church and charged just enough to cover the cost.

    I MOW ALONE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,904

    key words here are you were TOLD did you actually see invoice? they can and will tell you anything they want.
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Everybody lies.
  9. scotts lawn care

    scotts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    Thing is that company is maybe out of business charging those low prices. Just bid what you need, if you get it great!

    APLUS LAWN CARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from North Missouri
    Posts: 587

    weaver122876 - They mow it for $40 for 4 acres (so basically $10 per acre)

    mikeypizano - I didn't consider that possibility and that is quite possible.

    I MOW ALONE, Richard Martin - Good point. I did not actually see the invoice but I was there when they pulled the invoice. I guess that doesn't mean they still didn't lie.

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