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Call from Lesco

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by GrazerZ, Dec 1, 2004.

  1. GrazerZ

    GrazerZ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 670

    got a call from Lesco yesterday. My salesman was informing me that all fert prices werte going up by 5 to 10 percent across the board he said. He was trying to sell me on buying my fert with deminsion now for next year. I would'nt have to pay for it until june 2005. Thats ok I said, I will be using Barricede next year instead. For the past two years I've been very diappointed with deminsion. I live in Maine and still apply it for transision zone and get major breakthrough in some areas. when you calculate in the Drive 75 Barricade would'nt really be more money.
    Also I called Symbiot about joining after my call from Lesco. I'm still thinking about it. I just need to get a handle on some of these Lesco prices. I like the products for the most part, I just hate the pricing system. I refuse to buy all of my stuff from one company so they try to put the price screws to me sometimes. It would be nice to do it to them.
  2. cleancutccl

    cleancutccl LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 698

    I have been thinking about the symbiot network as well. Would you join purely for the price breaks or do you think you would end up getting a lot of contracts as well?
  3. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,751

    I joined purely for price breaks and so I didn't have to worry to much about pricing.

    If I plowed snow I had about 5 leads in my area.

    I only joined in July so maybe there will be more leads in the spring.
  4. Darr57

    Darr57 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    I joined in '03, the savings on Lesco fert is only about 5% below what I was getting on my own. So far I haven't won a contract through them, only had the opportunity to bid on 1 snow account, 1 lawn care account. I don't think I will renew with them.
  5. Green Dreams

    Green Dreams LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 593

    I saw the sign the other day...
  6. scweedman

    scweedman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 499

    Are there other co. than lesco? I found another co. in my area that was
    cheaper and better. I also was sick of the prices and got really sick when i
    look back at what i payed.
    I have talked to others that were unhappy with demension results last year.
  7. bushtrimmer

    bushtrimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    I don't get it. What does break through with dimension got anything to do with dissatisfaction with Lesco? If you aren't happy with dimension, go to the higher rate Dimension or put down 2 apps of pre-m. The only time I've had breakthrough with dimension is when the ground cracks in dry times and then a lot of water, then some crabgrass coming up then. That would be the customers fault for not watering as per your detailed instructions you leave after application.
    PRICING - It's up to the business owner to sell Lesco on pricing. Their pricing is not set in stone and can and will be negotiated. It helps when you buy a lot but they know everyone has to start somewhere. Tip... It's coming to the end of the year for them and numbers are a HUGE deal. Go in now and make a substantial early order. I think terms for early order are til June or something, make their day by ordering your first 2 rounds, you should get good pricing.
    AND... How do you dis a sponsor like this thread does?
  8. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    Take a look at John Deere Landscapes. Where I am at I am saving a ton of $$$ going through them. As an example, I just purchased a case of Image. Lesco Price was $ 90.65. I went to JD Landscapes and got it for $81.25 each. I have found that JDL is averaging 12% less then Lesco and they can get almost everything Lesco carries except TopChoice and they are working on that too.
  9. PR Fect

    PR Fect LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,076

    [AND... How do you dis a sponsor like this thread does?[/QUOTE]
    Like this. Lesco's pricing system sucks. Every time, every price, needs to be "negotiated". What a pain. Yes, we buy from them, but what a pain.
  10. bushtrimmer

    bushtrimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    Like this. Lesco's pricing system sucks. Every time, every price, needs to be "negotiated". What a pain. Yes, we buy from them, but what a pain.[/QUOTE]
    This isn't true, have the rep put your pricing in the computer, a little more work for them, but they should do it. Their system works well if you know how to work them. It's set up for the professionals, I feel. If you're a professional applicator, all prices are negotiated up front.
    Their computers put the screws to the homeowner that wants to get the same product you get. If you're having that much trouble with your salesman, maybe it's time to try someone else. But you have to develop rapport with your salesman like you would an important client.

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