Why would you do this?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Dirt Boy, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'll say first off that I'm not nearly the professional that most of you are, but I guess I found the steps rather "hacky".
    Why would a manufacturer put something like this in their catalog.
    Maybe it's fine, I don't know much, what do you think.

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  2. scagrider22

    scagrider22 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What manufacturer used this in a catalog? Looks horrible!
     
  3. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hold up.....that is in a catalog???

    No way. Don't believe it.
     
  4. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,406

    You are correct, that's a terrible photogragh to have used.

    About 2 or 3 years ago Techo-bloc has a picture of a patio with a border with really wide and really ugly gaps. Bad for Techo to have used the picture, but good for me because I used that pic as a sales opportunity by pointing it out to prospective customers as an example of what *isn't acceptable*.

    And I believe Nicolock (?) had a pic of a job where the joint sand wasn't thouroughly swept out of the joints. Again, I use the opportunity to my advantage.




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  5. scagrider22

    scagrider22 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you look in Techo's 2012 catalog they used a photo of a wall that looks pretty bad, the corner looks messed up and the joints are off.
     
  6. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
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    That's a tragedy. The must not have a marketing manager.
     
  7. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 487

    Believe it!!
    Borgert - just looking at their online catalog.

    Hesitated to say who it is, but I guess, if they have no better sense, they deserve to be ridiculed.

    Talk about DENSE, and this is completly off topic, listen to this conversation.

    http://wyrk.com/please-move-the-deer-crossing-signs-video/
     
  8. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,759

    do they supply exclusively to the pros at Lowes, Homodepot, and walmart?
     
  9. iowa

    iowa LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW IA
    Posts: 305

    No, they don't. We use about 50% Borgert products, 50% Belgard. Borgert's catalogs usually have a handful of awful pictures in them. Besides their catalog, they put out pretty good product.
     
  10. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I could use almost every manufacturer's catalog to pull examples of crappy design. If I had to guess, the criteria for getting your job in a catalog are 1) is it standing? 2) is it finished (plantings, etc)? and 3) does it use a crapload of the manufacturer's product? That's it.

    The catalogs are geared at the homeowner, who just think it all looks awesome. It's up to us to take that nugget of an idea in the catalogs and actually create something good.
     

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