Do I ask who bid lower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by verant, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. verant

    verant LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    Got a call from a new fall clean up customer and they said that someone came by and gave them an estimate. So they decided to go with that guy instead of me. Is it appropriate/ethical to ask what businness this was and what price they gave this customer? I am just curious who it was and their price, not looking to be enemies with another business or anything. Any comments welcome...
  2. saylorsdad

    saylorsdad LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    Can't hurt to ask might help you keep from getting undercut in the future
  3. saw man

    saw man LawnSite Bronze Member
    from utah
    Messages: 1,038

    Ask what kind of bid they got. Doesnt hurt to hear what people are charging, no need to know who it was doesnt matter at this point.
  4. pinto n mwr

    pinto n mwr LawnSite Senior Member
    from gr8, mn
    Messages: 422

    friends are enemies and enemies should be friends, but business is business so do what you have to and look out for you and your business and f*&^ the rest
  5. mississippiturf

    mississippiturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 674

    It's not unethical to ask what the winning bid was so as to see if you need to make adjustments for future bids. They may not share that with you, but you have not jeopardized your professionalism for asking. I don't think I'd ask the who part of it. Just my opinion!!
  6. robtown

    robtown LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 224

    I agree.
    If it were a govt they would anounce the bids.
  7. verant

    verant LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    thanks for the advice guys, makes sense.
  8. Green Team Landscaping

    Green Team Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,089

    If you dont want to ask you culd pop by there every now and then and have a look for yourself.
  9. traman

    traman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    i would ask,and if they give the price to you,then more than likely it was a price issue,but if they refuse to tell you , well then it probably was a personal thing ,just my 2 cents

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