In the newspaper I saw an add for a "landscaping liquidation sale" today. I decided to go check it out. The guy had all sorts of stuff for sale - hundreds of items. Mowers, blowers, trimmers, hedge trimmers, irrigation stuff, tools, power tools, you name it. Great sale. My friends and I got some excellent deals on some good stuff. I bought about $600 worth of tools and equipment for about $125. I asked him why he was going out of business. He said he sold his "book of clients" to TruGreen ChemLawn. They didn't buy the equipment he had. But they bought his clientele from him. He said he had about 96 customers. I don't know if that was commercial or residential. Based on the equipment I saw (21" mowers, nothing big) he was doing residential. He seemed happy with the deal he got. They also hired him on their staff full-time, which was a very wise move on their part since he's licensed and it's very hard to get licensed in Oregon. And in order for a company to be licensed, they must employ at least one licensed contractor. So the more they have on staff, the more secure they are. Anyway, I asked him what he got for his "book of clients" and he said they gave him 15% of his annual gross sales. IMO, that's not very much. Not worth it for me. But apparently, to him, it was worth it. Anyway, just wanted you guys to know what kind of money you can get from TGCL if you ever want to sell out to them.