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Have you ever been asked to bid against another member of LawnSite?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Olylawnboy, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. Olylawnboy

    Olylawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Oly Wa
    Messages: 311

    Today as I was finishing one of my commertial accounts I had a guy come up to me and ask me to bid a job that is currently being done by a fellow member of LawnSite. I've never really met the guy but I've seen him and/or his outfit around for years and they do, or did, a good job. In fact I even lost an account to them in the past as they charged less then me. And of coarse the place never looked as good as when I was doing it but that's another story:)
    Anyway, how do you all feel about bidding against fellow LawnSite members? I just don't feel right doing it.
    It's a homeowner association that is looking for a cheaper price on thier common grounds and I can understand that. I'm not going to bring the price of this work down but the alternative is that it will, in the long run go to, and I hate to say it, to the Spanish speaking workforce that is growing by leaps and bounds in our market, like everywhere else right!
    And I thought it was bad enough to deal with scrubs:) (sorry, can we use the S word?)
    So what do you all think? :)
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Bid it but don't lowball it.
    And if it goes to the mexxies, let them sweat until they're deported.
    Now if they're legit, that's another story.
  3. kmann

    kmann LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 298

    Thats exactly right. Tell them up front that if its a service issue thats one thing, but price is another. I'm sure you know the going price in your area. If you lowball, someone will do it to you, and only the customer will win.
  4. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 721

    This is real life dont lowball it, just stick close to your ethics and everything will be kosher.
  5. CutInEdge Lawn Care

    CutInEdge Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 677

    Kmann did I talk to you on Outrigger today?
  6. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    he took your work, why not tkae his?
  7. desert rose gardening

    desert rose gardening LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    We don't have Lawnsite out here in Jacumba

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