competitors copying your estimate form ver batum

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by americanlawn, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,954

    Our lawn care and our tree & shrub care estimate forms/programs forms were copied "word for word" (even the misspellinmgs) by a local competitor. I notified the Iowa Turfgrass Institute regarding this, but they didn't have authority, so they only warned them. Anybody else experiencing this?:usflag:
  2. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,159

    I copied (or borrowed their ideas) my estimate form from one the of the big boys. I was smart enough to make a few minor changes and put my logo on it.

    Unless you want to spend 3 grand and have it copyrighted it is fair game.
  3. MrBarefoot

    MrBarefoot LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    rcreeh is correct.

    Sucks, sorry.
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Hmm....I've shared mine with a few guys on here, but I have never seen it stolen. same with our SOS.
  5. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    I've used bits & pieces from others ideas, but never copied the entire thing. That's just plain dishonest, but there's nothing you can do about except frown.
  6. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    I could give a crap about this kind of stuff, I don't care about competition, but I got 2 questions.

    1) how did they get your forms
    2) why does your forms have typos in them?
  7. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I copied 95% of one...with their approval.
  8. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    You called the turf care institute? OMG!! Not THEM.... run! hide the mowers! hide the gas put a tarp over that trailer!!!!! Hurry their almost Hear!

    PLEASE... I just soiled myself Laughing so hard I have to change. Man the things you guys worry about, I worry more about the temperature of my coffee
  9. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
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