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Whats Enough

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by WhiteOut2500, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. WhiteOut2500

    WhiteOut2500 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Is it worth losing an account over $5.00 per push? Home owner's reason at looking for a different price was "due to the tough economic time" he needs to save every dollar he can.
    By the way he had just had the $450,000 plus house built.
     
  2. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    If he wants to save money, Tell him to buy a freaking shovel!!!!!!!!!!!!

    J.
     
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Don't worry about it. Thank him and move on ,he may call back in the future.
     
  4. Cassy

    Cassy Senior Member
    Messages: 180

    i'd drop him. but I don't negotiate on my prices.
     
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    agreed....
     
  6. jgoetter1

    jgoetter1 Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    I'm surprised you haven't seen this before. These goof balls are a dime a dozen. I hear that at least three times a plowing season. Unless you've got just 5 accounts, drop him, you won't miss him. You'll get another account that'll appreciate your work without pissing and moaning over pennies.
     
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2009
  7. siewertenterpri

    siewertenterpri Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    Does he have a house for sale sign out front?
     
  8. lawnboy11

    lawnboy11 Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    wow $450 k? that would by a tent here!
     
  9. Dubliner

    Dubliner Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    Had that happen, guy tries for 10 dollars less and I said my price was firm, so he goes for 5 less and I told him good luck and left. lifes too short for that nonsense!! :mad:
     
  10. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Its probably $200,000 more house than he could afford

    That had better be a damn nice tent LOL
     
  11. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,988

    I hate to say it but here in MN it always seems to be the ones that have the money are the ones with the tightest pockets.
     
  12. Cassy

    Cassy Senior Member
    Messages: 180

    that's true in MA too.
     
  13. Winterized

    Winterized Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    Is it worth losing an account over $5.00 per push?


    What is that in percentage per push?

    It may be worth meeting his request if it is a small percentage. Keeping a good account is much better than trying to get a new good account.... the key word is GOOD. Expressing some compassion for this person.... or call it kissing up... may be worth it.

    If he tries this again... you know he's stroking you. Times really are tough for most of us. Last season I would not have budged on on any of my prices.
     
  14. IPLOWSNO

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,620

    alot of people are over extended, and as for the rich how do you think they got theyre money
     
  15. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    i'd do it for $5 less, as long as it isn't a $20 job...charge him $5 more next year though...
     
  16. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    If you give on $5 now to this guy you can expect to go through it every year.

    $5 doesn't seem like much...but it adds up over time.
     
  17. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,600

    IF the homeowner is tight about $5 bucks .... then they probably will not pay. Plowing/shoveling is tough work and even tougher than going to starbucks every morning. If $5 bucks breaks their bank then walk away and let them shovel or sink a butt load into a snow blower.

    No way now how is there a good reason to bust tail for less than cost and effort.
     
  18. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,822

    It really depends on your situation. If you don't have that many accounts, and its a $60 dollar driveway, I might go for it. If it is a $35 driveway I wouldn't go for it.

    But these people just play hardball and will bull$*** you all day long if they have to, all to save a few bucks. In my mind I would want to tell him if he wants to save money, then get off his can and invest in a shovel to do it himself, lazy bast***.
     
  19. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    What kind of job do you have to have to afford a $450k house? To him it is 5 minutes worth of work at his indoor, non-labor intesive, salary job.

    Yea I know that most of us try to make $60 per hour or $1 a minute, but we aren't doing it for 40 hours a week.