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First Cut Cheap?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Doogiegh, May 15, 2003.

  1. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    So I'm going thru my local weekly paper that is great for advertising to a limited geographic area...

    I come across an ad that reads as follows:

    "Lawn Cutting - First Cut Cheap, Only $14.99. Call 732-xxx-xxxx"

    :angry: :blob4: :dizzy:

    Are you kidding me???

    $14.99 for the FIRST CUT?

    Now I'm honestly not sure if this ad is a JOKE or if someone out there is for real.

    I've ran my usual ad and anyone who is calling *NOW* for lawn care has grass that is 14 inches tall and needs a weed wacker more than a lawn mower can ever do...

    Maybe I'll save the phone number and call them in early July to see if they are still cutting....
  2. HAHA no brains at work there........
  3. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    You should give him a call now and see if he answers.
  4. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Or if the phone is busy.
  5. Jon99

    Jon99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Does that ad say first cut of the year??? If I call him to cut my grass for the $15, it would be his first cut at my place...

    If it works for him and he lands some accounts, I like the idea except if its a 3 acre yard... I can probably mow 95% of the yards in my area in less than an hour, most in less than 30 minutes.. If he does 8 of these $15 cuts he might be making a little profit and if he lands 4 of them as regular customers its paid off...

    Phone companies use the same idea ($160 credit for long distance calls) with hopes of the customer sticking around for the long term..
  6. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

  7. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    Just yesterday I got to thinking about first cuts. I am now realizing that with some of my new customers, I should have charged a bit more for the first cut. This is due to the overwhelming amount of trimming and sometimes twice cutting it. Now that this topic of a CHEAPER first cut is being discussed, I would NEVER do that......just from my experience
  8. Jon99

    Jon99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Again, I don't think the guy is saying "First Cut of the Season", I think he is saying the first time he cuts it he will do it for $15...
  9. a1 lawncare

    a1 lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    i'd sub-out some of my less desirable jobs, like the knee-deep ones with all the hidden treasures, where the kid says "hey mom the yard guy found my skateboard".:eek:
  10. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    Or, "Hey mom, they lawn guy found my 10 lb. pet rock. But it was in 2 pieces"

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