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Are prices at the pump costing you business?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DFW Area Landscaper, Sep 8, 2005.

  1. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,116

    With a tank of gas going from $30 to $50 since the beginning of summer, the average consumer will need to cut back on spending elsewhere.

    I would assume lawn service would be a good place to start.

    I have seen a lot of cancellations pour in since gas went to $3 per gallon. My customer count peaked at 252 on August 29th and has since fallen to 246.

    Anyone else seeing an increase in cancellations?

    Later,
    DFW Area Landscaper
     
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    So far you're worrying about a 1% figure but yes I noticed the trifle, too. For the most part, 99.99% of the ones who fell out really were just doing me a favor by doing something that would've come sooner or later anyhow, it's one of those things, none of my star customers (which is most of them) thus far have left.
    Someone drops me based exclusively on the price of fuel, that is as sad of an excuse as my raising prices because of it and if that is the only reason why they're leaving, then I am glad they're gone.
    The only thing I'm noticing a LARGE percentage of is a bit of a delay in payment but I think this is also a wait-and-see thing and in the end nothing to worry about.
     
  3. jpa375

    jpa375 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Yeah, same here. I went from 898 to 897.
     
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Oh dear, oh no!!! :rolleyes:
     
  5. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
    from gone
    Messages: 859

    I lost a couple, but these same people are behind on bills, including mine.
     
  6. Thirdpete

    Thirdpete LawnSite Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 236

    lost one so far, he travels for work and he knows the increase will be coming soon enough for his lawn. we left on good terms though so its not totally a loss.
     
  7. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    Nope ..... picked up bout $250 in monthly billing since Monday
     
  8. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    nope no loss after i gave them a $5.00 across the board increase.i actualy picked up a few.
     
  9. Cigarcop

    Cigarcop LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    jpa375,

    That was funny!
     
  10. willretire@40

    willretire@40 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from VA
    Messages: 1,389

    DFW why are you running 3 crews for 250 lawns. You are always complaining about how much you dont make and how little money your employees make but yet you have 3 crews for 250 lawns. I sure hope they arent 3 men crews.
     

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