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Senior discounts.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mark McC, Mar 12, 2005.

  1. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,565

    I don't know much about the economics of the senior demographic, but some of them are a lot better off than the one-income families with kids at home.

    I don't give a young parents discount. Don't give a widow/widower discount. No nice guy discounts, either.

    When a senior citizen is already getting 12.4 cents on each dollar I make, why in God's name should I give them MORE of my money? Are they nuts or something?
  2. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    Mark I can't speak for everyone but I don't give them. I have come to learn on a couple of occations that some seniors are far better off than they say. Like you said in your post, no nice guy or young family discounts. Now if I can tell that a senior is not just saying "I'm on a fixed income" then I may I guess give them a little break but by no means $3-$5 dollars off. I work very hard for my $$$$. And when I see them driving a BMW or a big new suv then I think why should I. Senior discounts where ment for seniors who are not so well off. payup
  3. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    I am on a fixed income often means I have SSI, military retirement, a fat pension from IBM with full medical, and personal investments.

    When asked, I say, "Sir or ma'am. I am sorry. I guess I was rather rude. I just assumed you were over 55 and the senior discount was already applied. I guess I should have asked your age before I applied the discount."

    If they get indignant about it, then I WANT to ask "What kind of health care coverage do you have?" They usually answer or give me a weird look. What ever they say I respond. Well that certainly is better than my options. $650 a month for personal insurance or the one I go with, which is none. Now I would certainly apply a senior discount if you would kindly contribute to my healthcare insurance. Now imagine that, they are matching. So far I have not done this, but certainly have been tempted.

    Did have a geezer refuse to pay a deposit for a $1200 lawn clean up, because " you know us seniors get robbed all the time by people demanding deposits." My response was, "I don't rob any of my clients seniors or otherwise, but I have been robbed by some of my clients and thus the need for a deposit before I commit to an entire days work for 2 people." No deposit no work.
  4. mownredneck

    mownredneck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 245

    I give some discounts. If I walk up and introduce myself for the first time and the first thing that comes out of their mouth is Im on a fixed income and they have a new car sittin in the drive then I know not to give them a discount.
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,452

    Seniors are more difficult so we charge them more. They won't pay on line, they won't sign contracts, and they want to control when and how often the grass is cut.
  6. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    Well gosh, I'm fifty years old and getting a little gray on the sides, but still some people look at me and ask about senior discounts. Helllllooo... Isn't that a bit like taking from Peter to pay Paul?
  7. old dog

    old dog LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    Did you ever have somone drive by you in their new 85K Jag ,stop and roll down the
    window and tell you $45 is too expensive for them to have lawn cut? It's 95 and the
    AC doesn't really quite reach you but you know it could stop streams of perspiration
    running off your brow!Makes you want to reach in the car and pull them out thru the
    wing window!For heavens sake don't do that,just fantasize.
    I have found people who whine about not being able to afford it can and the quiet
    ones are the ones who may need a break.It has been done in my business but
    it is my judgement!
  8. coonman

    coonman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    Most seniors were lucky enough to retire with something that was called a pension and health insurance. Which no longer exists for most American workers these days, everything has gone to self funding and buy your own health insurance. Combine the pension with SS and the fact that their house and everything else they own is probably paid for, you wonder why anyone would offer a discount. We do not offer a discount, if we did we would be discounting to more than half of our customer base.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Mark- You know, any senior living in a newly-constructed house in our area ain't hurstin' for cash. Actually I've never had a senior citizen ask. Much more common is the 30-something computer geek who expects the price to drop by 10 bucks a cut if they can get a neighbor to sign up too.
  10. lawnlubber

    lawnlubber LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    Seniors may get a little extra service, but no price break. If you give them a break they tend to treat you as less than a professional with real business expenses. I explain that I love coming to work at their home but I need to make 40$/hr to cover the overhead of running a business much like the local roofers, plumbers or electricians. If someone does the same work for significantly less than me they are most likely not legitimate and are a risk for the homeowner to have on their property. It is not as if seniors will be reduced to eating cat food if they pay the full cost of your service. Those dollars they save by shaving your price are quickly spent at the bingo parlor or casino or the annual haj to Florida.

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