I got a call today for a spring clean-up. Kind of a dumpy property with lots of doggie doo-doo. While inspecting the property (the owner wasn't home), I couldnt help but notice bulk deliveries of topsoil and bark mulch on the lawn (looks like theyve been there since last year waiting to be used). Even more interesting was that this house is directly across the street from a competitor with 3 nice shiny newer trucks (2 small dumps and 1 pick-up) parked there. There were a couple of guys out by the trucks and I could tell they were talking about me. There are no signs on my new truck yet, so Im sure they didnt know who I was, but it would have been obvious to them that I was looking at the lawn Heres the problem, I cant help but think that my potential customer is calling around to get prices for my competition across the street. Maybe Im just paranoid (been accused of that many times) but I cant see why they would call me when there is an LCO directly across the road, who from what I can tell, is more capable than my one-man show. Unless, of course, they hate each other or something. I plan to outright ask the customer why they dont use the company across the street. Does anyone think this is a bad idea? Also, since this is a job that I could do without, Im thinking of bidding higher than usual. Oh, forgot to mention, the other company is one of about 4 others who runs ads in the same paper as me. I smell something fishy. Your thoughts?