Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by charlies, Apr 3, 2004.

  1. charlies

    charlies LawnSite Senior Member
    from earth
    Messages: 587

    i swear this is a true story...

    i did an estimate, knock on the door, she answers, eric clapton playing in the background. i do the estimate, go back knock again, present the price, $50 per, she says:

    "i do massage therapy out of my home, could we work out an exchange of services?"

    i said, "oh, ah, no thank you, ma'am".

    "o.k., well i have your card, let me think about it." she said.

    as i was driving down the road, i was thinking....what just happened there?

    anyway, another time i did an estimate and the couple offered to cook me dinner every time i mowed.

    what kind of barters have you guys been offered?
  2. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    I currently barter with my acountant (who is also a friend). I think he gets the better deal dollar and cents wise.. service versus service. That's okay with me because he can easily do what I do.. not true the other way around. I know I'm in good hands and he has helped me turn my business around with a sense of direction.
  3. bastalker

    bastalker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    Oh man Eric Clapton playin in the background? Massage? I would have taken her up on that I think....;)
  4. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Do a little gas station. Love it. I get 4 Fillups a month = around 135. It takes me roughly 15 minutes to mow trim and another 10 and 10bucks of fert every 2 months.
  5. Del9175

    Del9175 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    I haven't ever really had this come up, but I do think it could be a good situation. However, she should have specified her terms before she wasted your time.
  6. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    certainly the question needs to be asked: what did she look like?
  7. Turf Technologies

    Turf Technologies LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 587

    we do a few, one does our work shirts for us, the other is a jet ski shop, we mow for them and equal out payment fot jet ski supplies. I dont mind it.
  8. Lawn277

    Lawn277 LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 74

    I do business with people that due business with me. But $ always changes hands. I like to keep my books staight, income/expense

  9. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    I take care of my mechanics folks lawn and he fixes and services all of my equipment. He is also a dealer for echo, toro and several other companies which I get at his cost. Shop is just around the corner from the house so every morning I just pop over and have sharp blades put on the mowers.
  10. mower_babe

    mower_babe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    I try to stay away from bartering, not a good plan, bc it seems never equal in each others eyes.

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