Since there are a lot of conversations here that deal with pricing I thought I would like to share some information regarding how prices vary when several people bid on the same jobs. This bid was for a large metropolitan area that outsources all of its' mowing services for all city owned property. We did a site tour of the 65 areas to be mowed. It took 8 hrs. to see all areas. They ranged from very small lots to 25 acre parks. There were 12 companies that bid on the jobs and they ranged in price from a low of $78,295 all the way to $575,650 for all 65 areas. That is a difference of $497,355. This amazes me. How could one company have that much of a difference in what they feel they need to charge? Another example is with a large cemetery. The prices ranged from $900.00 to $3100.00. The supervisor even told us that it takes an average of 60 man hours to complete this site. So one company is satisfied with $15/hr. and another wants to make $51.67/hr. I am glad that I had the opportunity to bid on this because it really shows how people look at jobs differently and what they expect to be paid.