Wholesale Pinestraw??

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by matt25738, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. matt25738

    matt25738 LawnSite Member
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    Oh damn I saw that too. Didn't they have a huge Vol's sticker on the back window?? haha jk
     
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Me too... I'll keep him busy.
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  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Good possibility!
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  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I did about 2500-3000 bales this summer...couldn't get anyone to deliver a trailer to the site.
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  5. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    I need to do something with my pinestraw program. I generally sell 700 to 900 bails per year. I buy them from oour local nursery and have no room to mark them up execpet fro picking them up. The main problem is that there eighter out of straw when I need it, or its not "RED" I cant sell eighter one.
     
  6. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I don't do a ton of pinestraw. Maybey 650-700 bales a year. It's a tough sale when I pay $5 per bale and need to add labor. If I had the space I would love to be able to store a couple hundred bales at a time.

    Not sure what wholesale pinestraw prices but saving money by buying wholesale could increase sales....or at least profits!
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  7. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have enough room in my shop if I moved some stuff around to store an 18 wheeler load but I don't want all the bugs and the risk of fire. I have one job alone that takes an 18 wheeler load.
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  8. larryinalabama

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    I dont make a penny on straw,at least if Im going to sell it Id like to make a little and be incharge of it. Id invest in a carport if I could make a dollar a bale.

    My supplier complains he only makes .80$ per bail, I tell him I dont mark it up. Even at a 1000 trailer load the feller makes 800$ on something he has almost no effort in.
     
  9. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    Larry, What do you mean you don't make a penny on straw? You must make it back up in labor. I double the cost of the straw to cover my labor. So either you make it on the straw or you make it labor.
     
  10. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sure I charge labor to install the stuff as well as a small delivery fee.

    I figure if I could also make a dollar a bail for selling it would be nice. Ive actually lost a couple of jobs because my supplier was out of straw.
     

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