Too good to wave.....

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by bassin, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
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    around here if you see a couple guys in a pickup after 5pm... it's a side job (most likely). About the only ones you see during the day (9-5) are the ones doing it for a living. I'm friendly with all of them, but I always have that little bit of a grudge knowing that I'm paying out taxes, insurance, payroll, yadda yadda... and they are just making a quick buck to pocket, so to speak.
  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    It seems to be scrubbier they look, the stinkier the eye we get. All 3 trucks fuel up at same place in the morning and I think its a jealousy thing. I started with used equipment and magnetic signs too, but I was always too busy to worry about somebody else.
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  3. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    i've been seeing alot of guys out there. they will have a nice trailer, trimmer on a rack, trimmer line spool on the side of the trailer, and other commercial company looking stuff yet they will have a residential john deere or husqvarna tractor mower on the trailer. i dunno if they are just starting out or if they are just mowing on the side.

    1 thing i have noticed and i don't get in my area. noone advertises at all. not a single company other than me. i put an ad in the newspaper and i'm the only one in there. i think everyone and their brother just cuts all the yards of all the people they know in town. it's all word of mouth. there are no signs other than the signs on their trailers and trucks. no fliers put out. nothing.
  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sorry, no marketing money. That JD "L" series busted the budget.
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  5. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    All this time I've been blowing kisses.

    Am I doing it wrong?

  6. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,955

    Nice post right here bassin. It rubs me the wrong way a bit too, cuz I wasn't raised that way. (raised on an Iowa farm by depression-era parents) I waive at all competitors. I also tell my guys to do the same. This is professional courtesy. Not respecting your competitors is bad karma IMO.

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    I agree, we are in a fairly tight area and I would rather be friendly with the competition.
    Good luck to all this season
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  8. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    only do that to the cute females otherwise it may make the guys feel a bit awkward. :nono:
  9. Green Resistor

    Green Resistor LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Messages: 27

    Train the grass to mow itself. Group hug.
  10. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,393

    I got the stink eye the other day. Don't hate me because my lawns look... better than yours. Don't tick me off because your customers and the entire area will get advertised to relentlessly.

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