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bartering

charlies

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
earth
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?
 

Lawn-Scapes

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Maryland
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.
 

bastalker

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Connecticut
Oh man Eric Clapton playin in the background? Massage? I would have taken her up on that I think....;)
 

sildoc

LawnSite Silver Member
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.
 

Del9175

LawnSite Senior Member
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.
 

bobbygedd

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
NJ
certainly the question needs to be asked: what did she look like?
 

Turf Technologies

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Florida
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.
 

Lawn277

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

thanks
Rick
 

Rhett

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Destin Florida
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.
 

mower_babe

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


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