Does posting a price bother you?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by shovelracer, Jul 11, 2007.


What do you think of price posting?

  1. It will cause the prices to go up.

    7 vote(s)
  2. It will drive prices into the ground.

    5 vote(s)
  3. It wont have any affect.

    2 vote(s)
  4. My overhead is so low that no one can beat my good deals!

    1 vote(s)
  1. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    Seems that a third of the people around here wont tell you there price ever. Another third will gladly spill the beans. And the last third don't have a clue as to what to charge. It could go both ways. Either posting a price could cause someone else to come down or posting could cause low ballers to come up and maybe just maybe the price variations will even out for comparable services.
  2. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    Advertising my prices is something I will never do. The guidelines I use are private and personal.
  3. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    I do not have "flat rates". A customer getting 60 yds. of mulch gets a much better "per yard" price than one getting only 10. A 1 acre yard with lots of trimming and edging involved will be priced higher than a 1 acre yard that's just wide open.

    To me, there's just too many variables involved to accurately price something from someone's description 1000 miles away.
  4. bullethead

    bullethead LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 273

    on mowblowgo we do it. who wants to waste a bunch of time running around bidding $30 lawns
  5. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    Not Me......
  6. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    I could be wrong, but the way I took this thread... I thought he was talking about lawnsite members not wanting to divulge their prices and post them here for other lawnsite members to read. Of course, I could be way off base with that thinking. :hammerhead:

    However, i'm going to go with that line of thinking, and say, "the problem with posting prices here is... it doesn't matter what someone else charges.. each individual business is different, has different expenses, so what we charge, shouldn't really matter to someone else."
  7. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    Well said Jodi.
  8. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    That's what my response was based on.:)
  9. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Ditto to Jodi's response - prices for services around here vary wildly and I don't see a going price on anything . Pricing for me varies by job based on my estimate of materials , labor , etc. There are several of us locally that don't mind at all to share what we would do a job for and we come up with different prices every time. Material prices vary by location - for example , pinestraw is $2.35 per bale here but $3 per bale just 100 miles away . I personally don't find it helpful to know what others charge.

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