supplier thought they were being generous.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnwizards, May 18, 2008.


what would you do?

  1. call up the company and have them pick it back up and risk losing a good supplier?

    3 vote(s)
  2. lay down the extra mulch and bill it to the customer?

    0 vote(s)
  3. lay down the mulch and eat the extra labor?

    0 vote(s)
  4. pay your labor to reload it and take it back to the shop for another job?

    13 vote(s)
  1. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    o.k. what would you do if you ordered 40 yards of mulch and the supplier gave you 70 for the price of 40 but delivered it to the job site and you had no reasonable way to reload the extra mulch?
  2. Precision Lawns

    Precision Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    30 yards is a lot of mulch to just park somewhere waiting for another job. But since you'd be eating it on labor anyways, (stay on good terms with supplier) you might as well try to save on materials for your next job. Dude that sucks.
  3. jsaunders

    jsaunders LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,781

    Why don't you leave the 30 yrds there and use it for the next scheduled job. Worst case rent a tractor to put it into the trucks and either bring it to your shop or to the other jobs.

    30 yrds FREE

    -if you had to pay for the mulch (30x20= $600)
    rental of bobcat/tractor $150- 200
    you are still left with $400 saved from the 'free' mulch
  4. ponyboy

    ponyboy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ny
    Messages: 1,576

    if it was going to the shop thats great but at a job does not make any sense, they should have just gave you one load for free now the extra mulch is costing you $. I might have rejected the delivery if i was there but if i was not i would just load it on the truck and take it to the next job.
  5. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    I would have made a few phone calls and sold it.
  6. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    well, what happened is that i was there for the first load. his truck holds 35 yards. he dropped that off and said he'd be back with the rest. i had other things to attend to so i wasn't there when he dropped off the other load. i'm assuming it was more than 5 yards though because it was the same size pile as the first one. now i'm paying guys to load it into my 2 trucks and i'm dumping it back at my house because i dont have a shop.
  7. ponyboy

    ponyboy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ny
    Messages: 1,576

    30 yard at $12 a yard root mulch $360 i own a machine just the time and fuel, nice jester but should have told you. 70 at one load, we get 40 in roll off, it was nice but cold end up being a PITA or not so what was the out come?
  8. ponyboy

    ponyboy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ny
    Messages: 1,576

    did you break even or lose money, what did you think of the extra mulch
  9. windsory

    windsory LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    Yea but then he would have to rent a machine for another $150-$200 to load it back into a truck when it comes time to use it unless he can bring it directly to another jobsite. And unless he has a dump it would most likely not be feasible to move that much with a trailer. Either call the supply yard to take it away or ask another landscaper if they would want to buy it for maybe $10 bucks a yard or any reduced price if they will haul it with their own equipment.

    Or just post an ad on craigslist, I'm sure you'd be able to sell it for some amount.
  10. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,888

    The delivery guy must not have thought this through, or just not too smart. If you wanted 40, anything over 43 yards would just be a pia.

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