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Pricing to put down Brine

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by philinnc, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. philinnc

    philinnc Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I am in North Carolina and have the equipment to start putting down Brine. I have a supplier willing to sell it to me for .90 per gallon.

    As this is new to us, I am planning on putting it down the first time for free to a few potential customers just to be sure I am comfortable with it. Nobody in the area has put it down in the past on a private basis and I think it has alot of potential.

    What is the best way to price this? Annual retainer fee, sf price each time, fixed price per lot? My concern is that if I do it for a few private neighborhoods and it doesn't snow to where it was really necessary, they may not want to keep on doing it until they get burned. If I did an annual fee of $750, I could say that every time the NCDOT sprays the highways, I'd do the streets. On average, we probably would put it down 4-5 times a year, sometimes less but most likely no more that 7 or 8. The weather in Raleigh is pretty mild.
  2. mpgall26

    mpgall26 Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    North Carolina? you should be putting down beach chairs instead of brine this year. I've got a tan in Boston must be gorgeous down there
  3. superdog1

    superdog1 Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    Actually, having lived in Georgia for awhile, I can tell you that while there isn't a lot of snow, there was quite a few ice events, so I am thinking this is why he is concerned about brine?
  4. philinnc

    philinnc Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I'd like to make my money before the snow hits. Unfortunately people around here think if you have 4 wheel drive that you can drive on ice. I don't want the exposure of having several dump trucks out on the ice. Unfortunately we don't have the fluffy snows that I remember as a kid in NY.
  5. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    I was just down there

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  6. Mike S

    Mike S PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    ya i would like to hear what people are charging for liquid too.
  7. dieseld

    dieseld Senior Member
    from 90210
    Messages: 634

    x2 on pricing
  8. DodgeBlizzard

    DodgeBlizzard Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    Have you salted before? Using bulk or bagged? If so, why can't you use that same price?