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Impact of $3.00 gas on business

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Fvstringpicker, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. Fvstringpicker

    Fvstringpicker LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,670

    I am predicting $75-80/barrel oil and $3/gal gas within 6-8 mo. If I'm correct, how will this affect your business? A few months ago, I got raked on the coals for my prediction.
  2. GrassMasterNC

    GrassMasterNC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    I'm buying goats, and some old mules to pull the trailer with....low overhead and a constant supply of fertilizer. Maybe next year I can get my hands on some trained monkeys to lay sod and install mulch beds...if I can keep them from playing in the "fertilizer".....do we have to pay workers comp for monkeys? I'll have to ask my acountant. Will get back to you on that! :dizzy:

  3. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    The same thing that UPS, FedEx, etc does. A fuel surcharge.
  4. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,128

    Well, it will probably cost me $1.00 x however many gallons of gas I go through per month more to run my truck and equipment than it costs me with current prices. I am pretty sure that is how it will affect everyone's business. This increase in cost is of course only applicable to current lawns until I give a new price increase next season to compenstae. Any new lawns I pick up would be subject to new pricing guidelines that reflect gas at $3.00 per gallon. But Gas is just one cost of doing business, it isn't everything. For my opinion on your prediction, I think you are wrong. I don't think gas will be that high that soon.
  5. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    What happens when the price of any commodity rises, does every one just go out of business?

    No, they don't.
    As for your predictions.........the only people predicting 75-$100/barrel are the folks who have something to gain by it.

    Say it loud enough and often enough and a certain group of people will accept it as truth.
    That's what a few are looking for.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Well I just cut costs by 150 dollars/month here by transferring all my equipment from the farm to my 1-acre home lot. The farm is a friends' and I will sorely miss the 15+ acres of land where I could park ALL my base all over the place and not have to worry about a thing, plus the air-compressor was nice and now I gotta give up hauling stuff, too (thou THAT is as much relief as well).

    That and I don't gotta drive my car to-from twice/day so it really saves me a chunk of money, but I wonder if I have to mix my milk with water again this year... The movie channels are long gone... Gotta have Internet thou.

    You can *always* cut cost, always.

    Let the fuel prices rise, let the price of service stay the same.
    Competition, watch out.

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