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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by clark lawn, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    got a call from a video store chain late friday about snow plowing,went out over the weekend and looked at the 4 locations. Called they manager this afternoon and gave him a price and right off he states that isdouble what i payed for the last three years. So i ask him who did it and why are you getting prices he says the guy quit doing it this year. He then asks me if i can do it for these rates $20 for a lot that will take 20-30 min. I asked him if the prices on movie rental in negocable he says no they are $$$ for 5 days,but we have a product you just ride around in a truck and play in the snow, you should be happy to get that kind of money for only about a half hour of work. I tried to tell him about having someone that is insured and he flat out told me he dont care if they are insured or not but he is not paying that kind of money to anyone.
  2. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    So say have a nice day. I turn down that crap all the time. Its not even worth the effort talking to them.

    I tell them the price and what it includes. Thats it, no breaks for insurance, tax, whatever I don't care if they are paying me cash or in free movies the price doesn't change.
  3. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,748

    Hey, at least you feel good that you don't have to deal with that jerk. I'm just starting out, and if you don't mind, what were you asking him for?
  4. Diesel Sniffer

    Diesel Sniffer Member
    Messages: 46

    I agree with Flipper 100%. I get those from time to time to and I don't even argue with them or try to make a point any more. They don't want to pay for your services but as soon as the snow falls they'll be the first one on the phone asking you where you are and complaining that you should have been there hours ago. Don't waste your time, move on to the next one that will appreciate your customer service and legit business practices.
  5. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I go along with not discussing it, too. You give a price; they either take it or not. If not; walk away.
  6. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    HAVE someone you know go in and quote him a price slightly more than yours. (just to make him second guess himself). lol
  7. RJ lindblom

    RJ lindblom Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    The manager will find some chode who will do it for the price he wants. He will have to repeat the process every year or three whatever it takes for the new monkey to figure out he can't make it at the low price.
  8. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    i dont understand how they cant understand that for twenty bucks it isnt worth it.
    i figure the expenses on my truck for seventy bucks a hour. half hour is thirty five. but thats WITHOUT me making anything. and i dont volunteer. trucks, plows, insurance, GAS nothing cheap. \

    WHAT i really cant understand is how someone can run a hundred thousand dollar (or more) loader for crap money per hour moving snow. THAT scares me when i see it. just awful. hell. just the depreciation from the hours hour meter. must be more than what some of these guys are getting paid. better off parking the truck and loader and staying home if your in that situation.
  9. NCass31

    NCass31 Member
    Messages: 90

    i forgot who it is thomas or something along those lines, but on lawnsite.com there is a member that has the perfect quote in his signuature..don't credit me for this, but i can't remember his name...

    "it is not our job to make it affordable, it is your job to afford it"

    i think thats what it says..anyways, you get the point, and i love the point.
  10. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    i with everyone else on this, don't sweat it. when it comes to roofing bids and someone pulls this on me i usually give them the names of a couple other contractors that work cheeper than we do, that way they keep too busy on the cheep jobs to get my good paying jobs.
  11. Mysticlandscape

    Mysticlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 689

    Go slip in the parking lot. And sue him and the guy he finds that isnt insured. Then you can own the movie store and two plowing companies.