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Does this happen to you?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Gusco, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. Gusco

    Gusco Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    You get a phone call or email asking for a proposal and the person turns out to be a known snow pusher? I get these calls year after year. On two occasions they used address of people on my own route for the estimate. (Duh!)

    I know they are doing this to find out what im charging and it pisses me off. It wastes my time and is aggravating. I have never called a fellow blade dropper in this manner to find out what they are charging. I just go about with my bids. Ugggh!:angry: :realmad:
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    I did. There is this guy I know who has a new truck and plow, so now he thinks he is JOE-PLOWER. He said to some mutual friends, Hey, Informer makes good money doing this plowing stuff!!
    So, he puts an add in the paper.
    I have my brother-in-law call him for an estimate and to ask him for prof of insurance, He had no idea he needed separate insurance for plowing and his prices are a little on the low- baller side, I just don't think he has a clue what to charge, as my brother tried to haggle his price down and was successful!!
    I was just curious to see what he was charging for his services, for my own entertainment and if I ever have to bid against him I can tell the customer about plower's needing insurance to cover any losses that may occur.
    He is a poor heavy equipment operator and I know he does not have a clue when it comes to plowing, so it will be interesting to see what his new truck looks like in the spring.

    Plowing is a cut throat or be cut business. There is always someone in the wings ready to take your business away, It's a good idea to keep an eye on the competition..
  3. drplow

    drplow Senior Member
    Messages: 174

    i get that once or twice a season for plowing, alot more for tree removal. its so easy to figure out when these snoops call. they always want a price on something that i haven't even looked at and they usually don't need me to look at the job.
  4. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    So...If you know its not the property asking for the bid why do you waste your time and go out there ? :confused: :rolleyes:
  5. Gusco

    Gusco Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    I never estimated those calls. Those two that i recognized i immediatly said "I already do this address. And they reply with the lame....I was looking for someone cheaper. The two instances this happend was to those i know personally and knew for a fact it wasnt the owner calling.