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Contractor settles over Snowvember price gouging

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by grandview, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

  2. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 537

    They should have used Plowz. :laughing:
  3. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    If you don't like the price don't hire the contractor. Shovel your own roof/driveway
  4. xgiovannix12

    xgiovannix12 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433

    Indeed..... That guy sure knows how to make a good profit :rolleyes:
  5. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,783

    I dunno GV, you posted a driveway you did for $150, I would've charged $50 for. You should give them $100 back and send me $25. I never understand some judgements but then I'm a low baller honest guy.
  6. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    If I charge $130/hr and my competition charges $65/hr am I also gouging?
  7. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,783

    According to the judgement you are...was my point.
  8. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    I can't believe this isn't the mindset. Didn't these people willingly agree to the price?
  9. 90plow

    90plow Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    We were charging $75 an hour per man to shovel roofs last year. People new the rate going in and were home when we came and when we left. It was a 4 man crew and a typical house we shoveled problem areas cleaned gutters of ice etc. I don't think I would have done well in that judgement as most houses were charged around 1,200 and the whole roof was not cleared....
  10. xgiovannix12

    xgiovannix12 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433

    The price was agreed on I dont see an issue... its the homeowners fault for agreeing with the price...
  11. bluejlandscaper

    bluejlandscaper Member
    Messages: 80

    Why should the NYS attorney general say that these contractors gouged those home owners that probably agreed on the price. I know of several people that paid at least $500 to have their drives plowed, when their own contractor could not perform the work with 5-7' of snow. I did not work in that area, but I know of one contractor from central NY, that came in with a skid steer with a high flow snow blower that charged home owners an average of $500. He boasted that he made over $25G for a couple of days work.
    When a contractor has invested a lot of money in equipment, why should NY State tell him what he can charge. This is still a free country and price gouging to one is not the same to others.
    As far as the contractors clearing roofs, that Collingwood Co. was right in saying that most of those low ballers were not legitimate contractors. They took the cash and ran. No insurance, no workers comp and no employees on the books.
    Back in 2000, when our area got hit with 7' of snow between Christmas and New Years, I know of an individual that paid a contractor, several thousand dollars to clear the roof of his 3,500 sq/ft home. He was happy just to get his roof cleared at the time.
  12. UltraLwn&Lndscp

    UltraLwn&Lndscp Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    Damn, I got hosed. I went into Lancaster/Depew to plow my buddy, his in-laws and brother in-law. We also shoveled the roofs and all I got was a $100 gas card, bottle of Glenlivet and a case of beer. Damn it. :hide:
  13. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

    So everyone has the exact same size driveway and roof huh? The people with the huge driveway only pay $300 just like the single car driveway? Seems as though that hasn't been thought about
  14. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,921

    I guess I fail to see where 350-500 for a driveway with 7 FEET of snow is that unreasonable.

    GV, what's your average snowfall per season and what do you charge for an average driveway per season? Quick Google search shows around 70 inches per season. Say your average drive for the season you're charging 400 bucks. So in 1 storm you've got 1.2 feet ABOVE your average to clear at once.

    Seems to me that your seasonal price should apply to one time customers, considering you're plowing more at once than you do all season on average.
  15. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    I would fight it tooth and nail. If I had a written contract. This sets precedent. Not cool.
  16. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,613

    Think we need to have the Judge ride along the next time we plow a huge dump of snow. Bet he changes his tune.
    Last time I checked upstate New York was still a free market economy,no?
    Those guys are only guilty of hiring shi##y lawyers.
  17. procut

    procut Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    What a joke. If you don't like the price keep shopping.
  18. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,220

    That's what I was thinking. If they want prompt service from a contractor that does not normally service them then you pay for it.

    Don't like the price get someone else. Don't pay then *****.
  19. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,220

  20. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    we ended up with around 200 inches of snow. If you take out that November snow,I was on track for a normal season for plowing.