Being under bid by a nobody

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawn DOG, Jun 5, 2001.

  1. Lawn DOG

    Lawn DOG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 276

    Now I know some of you take offense to the term scrub so I will refer to this guy as a nobody(nobody has ever heard of him). Today a nobody who is a friend of the office girl at a dealership we have been servicing for three years got a copy of my contract from her. Then he under bid everything we do by 30 to 50%. I am trying to explain to the owner that we are charging a fair price for the superior service they have been receiving. This guy has copied my contract and plugged in his lower numbers. He has given applicating prices that I can't even buy the chemicals for. Now I know I should just let him have it and wait till they come back but this is a high visibility job and I don't want to lose it. Man I am :angry: Any suggestions?
  2. evergreenlawn

    evergreenlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    The same thing happened to me this year. I had two people lowball me on a job I've had for seven years. I knew one of them was a "nobody" that had seen my contract. I stressed my point on license, insurance, certification, and quality. It cost him the job but the other lowballer had all that, except for the quality. He has had a lot of complaints. It was a cemetery.

    Try to sell the owner on your lisense and insurance. If this guy is a nobody I'm assuming he doesn't have any of this and probably shouldn't be putting down chemicals either.

    Good Luck!
  3. Lawn DOG

    Lawn DOG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 276

    I am pretty sure this guy does not have any insurance or a applicating license. I am going to do my research before I turn him in to the pesticide investigator. Hate to be a tattle tale but someone has got keep them in check.
  4. GREG R

    GREG R LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    Hey Lawn God
    you shouldn't feel bad about
    turning this guy in for
    the application license.
    Lets say he spills the fert
    on the parking lot doesn't clean
    it up and a child thinks candy or
    picks it up and plays with it and
    gets sick or dies.
    Then how would you feel!!!!!
    TURN HIM IN. if he doesn't have a license
    or the insurance then he should be
    doing the work.
  5. trimmer

    trimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 293

    Big companies around here will sure turn you in. If I were you I would do the same thing or wait till the dealer comes back around, then raise their price for your headache.

    CLARKE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

  7. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,232

    Nail him. He's not afraid to do the same to you.
  8. Lawn DOG

    Lawn DOG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 276

    Well today I had a meeting with the big cheese. I was armed with all of my insurance, licenses etc. I showed him how we where giving him a great service and if he let us go I would have replace his account with another and probably would not be able to help if he called us back. I had one card left up my sleeve. I did some investigating of my own. The lowballer was not insured or licensed. So to close the deal I let the customer in on my information. After that he renewed for another 2 years.
  9. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Messages: 1,540

    No wonder they call you "Lawn GOD". :D

    Good Job!!!
  10. Atlantic Lawn

    Atlantic Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Outer Banks NC
    Messages: 950

    Nice to hear you did things the right way. Quality work and an honest approach will always pay off for both you and your customers. Congrats......

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