Anyone a BBB member?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by tpirobert, Mar 16, 2001.

  1. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    Costs $125 a year here in FL, i thought about joining but seems all you get is a ribbon cutting ceremony with a city official and a free Breakfast one saturday a month. I sleep in on sat, and work out of my house, not for me. I did however get the urgent message, and returned the call after I got home in the middle of summer, after getting ripped off by someone, so I dont think they will be calling again lol.
  2. Mscotrid

    Mscotrid LawnSite Bronze Member
    from USA
    Messages: 1,456

    Throw your employees a pre-season party you will get more bang for your buck. The BBB is a private business that quite a few people believe is a government institution. That have no legal power over businesses and their arbitration policies in my opinion are a joke.

    Treat you employees to a pre-season bash and you will reap a greater return.

  3. lawnboy53

    lawnboy53 LawnSite Member
    from Neb
    Messages: 69

    I was a member awhile back but thought the dues increases up to about $300.00, were to much. There is also no rule saying a mad customer has to go thru them for arbitration, they can still sue you, even if you are a BBB member. I think it is a good organization but there fees are to high for the benefit recieved in my book. I think SIMA would be a much better investment.
  4. UrbanEarth

    UrbanEarth LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    I wouldn't touch them with a ten foot pole. As with others, I have had bad experiences with their 'arbitration', and what they consider to be a resolution to the problem (The shop gave me back my VCR, in pieces, but did give me my money back as well. Problem solved, right?) I also feel that you do not have to belong to an organization in order to provide high quality and professional service (which I have yet to find from any BBB member). I will actually steer away from someone who promotes themselves as a BBB member.

  5. tpirobert

    tpirobert LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    Well, 13 negative comments on BBB membership so far. I think I'll politely decline their "invitation". I greatly appreciate all the comments shared. This re-enforces my gut feeling about the BBB.

    Messages: 72

    G&S PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPING SERVICE is a proud member of the better business bureau,along with membership in the Ohio landscapers association,We are a professional customer service, landscaping company,Membership in these organasations helps us permote a sound company that will be here for our customers for a long time,Both of these organasations require a list of refercences of your past custoners, and are looking at good business practices,Since joining these organasations we have seen a large number of new upper scale professionals looking for our service,we use these logos on all estimates ,billing,business cards-on our trucks and trailers.All i can say is these organasations will benifit your company, and project to potentional customers a positive image of your company.It works for us,and if your are in the cleveland area please dont use the BBB, OR OLA that more business for us.
  7. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    Comedian George Carlin said, "Who do you complain to, if the BBB rips you off"!
  8. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544



    Organization. Maybe the BBB is an organization for ignorants and charlatans, too?


    Messages: 72

    thank you Albemarl lawn -for pointing out a spelling mistake,I will use spell check from now on. And have a great day!
  10. Grapevine

    Grapevine LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    I got a call from them last year and knew immediately it was a scam. Telling me how good my complaint record was and that by joining them I could keep it that way, give me a break.
    If you really want to join a local association, look into your local chamber of Commerce. They have decent rates on Health insurance and local business people in your area.
    The BBB is a bunch of Scumbags

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