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Getting ready to do Christmas Lights this year

Discussion in 'Christmas Trees & Seasonal' started by LawnMastersTx, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. LawnMastersTx

    LawnMastersTx LawnSite Member
    Messages: 222

    It wont be long until the time to put up the Christmas lights and I wanted to be ready this season for it.

    The only problem is that I have never done it before, but a few of my new crew members have.

    What I am curious about is where do you guys get your lights from? One of the crewmen mentioned something about a magazine where they would take it to customers and the customers would point out the lights they wanted. The customers would "rent" the setup for the Christmas time and then return the lights.

    Is this normal or do you buy a setup for each house and the home owners keep them? If there is such magazines, which ones do you guys suggest?

    Thanks :waving:
  2. hotrod1965

    hotrod1965 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 587

    I would guess that you mean that your customers would rent the lights from you. This would be common. You buy the display, rent it to your customers year after year. This is how we do things, it works well for everyone.

    You can also sell the lights to your customers and then charge an install fee year after year. This also works. Although I did pick up some other peoples customers this way because they arn't obligated to stay with you.

    As far as a cataglog... all the franchises have a catalog, all the light manufactures..etc

    We sell lights wholesale, but we don't have a catalog..sorry.
  3. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Kingsland, Texas
    Messages: 2,214

    We sell the product to the client then we install it, take it down and store it for them. this way we can make the mark up on the materials and then we can charge labor and storage year after year.
  4. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,645

    Same here. I don't rent except under rare circumstances. I may have a customer pass away or leave town and I have the lights and I can;t get them back to their owner. I may rent those as they are used and I can't sell as new. I sell them all the product,cords, clips, timers the first year and then charge a rehang,takedown,storage fee in year 2, 3, etc.

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