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$40 a month?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Lawn Masters, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    some local competitors here are doing mowing for $40 a month. WTH? that CANT possibly be right, I mean, when you're charging that much monthly, you're making practically nothing unless you've got somewhere around half the town as customers.

    I dont get it. anyone got some ideas. I suspect since I heard this from my boss who is an arborist, its a miscommunication, but I dont know. how can someone be in business if they're charging that a month?
  2. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    Maybe they're using the old philosophy: "I may be losing money on every account, but I'm making up for it in volume". Don't worry about those dorks. They'll be out of business soon enough, and the customers that flock to them aren't the kind you want anyway.
  3. oslo

    oslo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    Like it or not, any monkey with a mower can more or less provide the same service as we can. Maybe he lives in a 200/month apartment, doesn't pay taxes/insurance... has a 8 year old lawnmower that he found somewhere, and if it breaks he goes to wal mart and buys another $100 mower. Maybe he has no family is happy making enough to buy his case of keystone light and carton of smokes and aspires to nothing more.

    Who knows, but it is a fact in this business and always will be as long grass grows and Wal Mart offers monkeys the chance to buy mowers so cheaply.

    Which reminds me to get back to working on my invention. A way to put a microchip into every single blade of grass and bag of seed in the area. The chip will produce an indestructable blade of grass, that can only be mowed from a mower with a scanner that inputs the matching code. This mower of course will be produced by me also.
  4. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,449

    what size lawns are we talking here?
    i have a few $40 a month homes. they take about 90 seconds to cut, literally. lined up also, so i am making great profit on those.
  5. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    Well, I"m going to ask my boss what the names of these companies are, and I'm going to ask some questions myself. see what the deal is so to speak. I'm almost sure they're probably not insured, paying taxes, or anything. will post more as I find out.
  6. Watkinslawnservice

    Watkinslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    could be very small properties that are being cut bi-weekly.
  7. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,398

    I have seen ads like that for mowing - but that is all you get, mowing. There is no edging, trimming, or blowing involved. Those things are extra.

    I wouldn't worry to much about this. Either he will go out of business or people won't like his mowing only philosophy.

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