Where I live and do business there are so many lowballing unlicensed lawn outfits running around thats its pathetic. I see ol Charlie in his 1972 Chevy with the craftsman mower in the back at every turn. I pass them coming and gowing. So it's no surprise that the residential market has so many bargain hunters. That's why I wanted to be licensed, bonded and insured from the start. I wanted the ability to go to the respectable commercial accounts and be recognised as a legit business with integrity. For the most part the pros around here are of a fair nature when it comes to pricing. It's competitive but for the most part reasonable. However, this year I decided I needed to raise my prices on some of my accounts that have been the same for 4 years. One in particular, I raised from $38.00 to $42.00 per mow. This was totally fine with the company manager and he o.ked it. Today I gave him a call to touch base on aerating and power raking, and he informed me he had recieved a bid of $35.00 from another midsized profeshional company (which he named). He said he would like to keep me but at a more competitive price. to make it short, I had to give back my increase in order to keep the account. This burns me because i know I am doing this job at an already marginal rate. It takes 2 men 45 min. to mow, blow and go with the largest equpt. that can fit through the gate. It cant be done any faster.