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Your reaction to your dealer doing apps

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by GreenUtah, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    Let's say that you have a local supplier who has a manager doing apps after work, presumably giving himself the greatest discount on materials. Perhaps he's doing the apps for contractors that buy other items from his store or perhaps he's straight out competing in your residential market. Your feelings or course of action?
  2. Pilgrims' Pride

    Pilgrims' Pride LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA.
    Messages: 481

    An anonymous phone call to his superiors with enough damning info wouldn't be out of the question.
  3. lawnservice

    lawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 589

    i wouldnt feel threatened by a part-timer.

    chances are he is getting a good discount (possibly a 'five-fingered' discount, if you know what i mean) and he is selling his services to contractors he deals with during his regular 40 hour position.

    not a threat, in my opinion
  4. Pilgrims' Pride

    Pilgrims' Pride LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA.
    Messages: 481

    Not a threat. Just a scum bag.
  5. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,751

    They do it here all the time. Those are the guys who are trying to set themselves up to go full time b/c the supplier is messing with their bonuses, setting stricter policies and selling their manufacturing plants.....ooops too much information????
  6. kcchiefs58

    kcchiefs58 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    How about one step futher, what if the suppliers head boss is okay with this situation... I think it is unfair if they get a price break and it can be a little bias in some situations, I also know of this kind of situation and I would bet money that they buy chemicals at their dealer cost not what they would sell it to us, but then again I have seen their work and no worries for me.
  7. FINN

    FINN LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA.
    Messages: 280

    I have a supplier in my area that sells to a lot of applicators and also markets a lawn care service. I just laugh when I hear people tell me they buy from them.
  8. lawnservice

    lawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 589

    or maybe someone trying to make ends meet?
  9. FINN

    FINN LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA.
    Messages: 280

    a person doing some apps on the side to help with thier cash flow is the fine. a company who has made a good living serving the green industry then turns around and starts to market services at the same level of it's customers ....hmmm
  10. Mscotrid

    Mscotrid LawnSite Bronze Member
    from USA
    Messages: 1,456

    How many of you buy nursery stock from full service Nurseries? Your supporting your competition. I've always felt there is room in this business for those who do it right. I'm more concerned about the the guys & gals who are doing it wrong. As long as they keep their prices up and not ruin the market climate, I'll focus on my own business.

    How many school teachers and firefighters out there undercutting the market? They tend to be a problem ecspecially now with aerations going strong in our area. I hate the bastards who post a sign on a street pole, "Aeration $6.00 per 1000." what freaking idiots. :realmad:

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