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Recieved this message from a competitor

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SomervilleLawncare, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. SomervilleLawncare

    SomervilleLawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    I recieved this nice message from one of my competitors about an ad I ran on craigslist. I offered the first mowing free with a signed weekly contract for the year. He got a little bent out of shape over it. Here is what he wrote to me:

    " noticed your spamming on craigslist trying to offer free mowing and all that B.S.
    Your never going to last in this business, marketing yourself like a 10 year old would, wise up.
    Never tell people somethings free, nothings free PERIOD ! I've been in business one year and will outlast you why...? I'm business smart and don't post nonsense ..."

    I asked him what his company name was and he wouldnt tell me, big suprise. Any of you guys ever get stuff like this sent to you from your competition?
  2. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    if he is so successful , why is he using the form of advertising for the least successful.....

    no established companies advertise on craigslist...
  3. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    No but Ive had another local guys crew intentionally leave debris and trash on our accounts on days when we are at the same location, but we leave first. So what this guy has been in business 1 year, big deal. Sounds like a jerk, I wouldnt worry about it. The majority of companies dont last 5 years. Do what you want, its your show.
  4. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    I wouldnt worry about it.
  5. Lawn-Sharks

    Lawn-Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 912

    never got a message like that but i did take over an account throu a property management company. They fired this guy for charging them for work he never did....
    so i went out and the grass was like a foot tall so i mowed it on the highest setting and then raked up the yar and it looked great. Well the next time i show up the old Mother F#$%ing lawn guy had took a couple bag of clipping and threw them all over the yard.. Im still looking for this guy " I just want to talk" i swear!
  6. Bustus

    Bustus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

    I would also just ignore him. Obviously he feels threatened and by replying you are fuelling his fire.
  7. wheels910

    wheels910 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    yeah let it go.

    it will bother him more that you don't care what he says than if you tried to argue or rebuttle.

    kill him with kindness
  8. Ed Ryder

    Ed Ryder LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 541

    He's got problems. Don't even worry about it. And don't waste any brain effort on it.
  9. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    just forget about it
  10. verant

    verant LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    he has major problems, the worst i had is when one of the low baller big businesses in my town gave a very insanely low bid to one of my established customers. I hate people like that, these people have no sense, courtesy, or prefessionalism.

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