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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Holland, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. Holland

    Holland Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Sorry to complain, but here it goes. I plow my fiance's cousins driveway. Yes its family but not immediate family like mom of dad or something so i charge them. I cut them a deal tho. I charged them 15 a time. Drive is probably 300+ feet long, Its 6 miles out of town and its gravel. Sounds cheap as he!! right? On christmas eve i widened the drive and plowed a path to the back door. There was probably 16 in of snow already on the ground and i had to beat my truck to get it clear. So i charged an extra plowing and marked it up as if it was a 4 in snowfall. Over 4 in i add 25% for the extra trouble. Six plowings total (3 under 4in and 3 over 4in) for the month came to 101.25. By far the cheapest bill i handed out. Their pissed! Told me not to plow anymore! Heck i might have been breaking even on the deal! Sorry again for venting but i found this pretty rediculous!
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2011
  2. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Don't invite them to your wedding.Make a stand.That will piss them off to no end.They'd probably only get you ketchup and mustard plastic bottles in a cheap wood holder as a gift anyway.
  3. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    tell them to find someone cheaper or get a shovel
  4. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    I think you should slap both of them in the mouth next time you see them.
  5. Lugnut

    Lugnut Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    They'd spend more than that on shovels! :dizzy:
  6. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    Yea he gotta a good deal and doesn't realize it. Take whatever he gives you and walk.
  7. qualitycut

    qualitycut PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,231

    So he knew what you were charging and you only added maybe 17 dollars more than he should have been expecting? Sounds like a total a$$ tell them they are not invited to the wedding because you had to cut a couple dinner plates as some of your plow customers stiffed you this year and had to lower the budget.
  8. Lugnut

    Lugnut Senior Member
    Messages: 250

  9. IMAGE

    IMAGE Sponsor
    Messages: 1,747

    Good time to learn. There are no deals or family discounts. Its either free, or its full price. I never chsrge friends or family.
  10. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,218

    post #7 & #8 lmao
  11. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I have to agree with Image. I refuse to plow for friends, and all family is free. The quickest way to piss off family is to give them a bill. One way or another someone feels like they are getting screwed.
  12. deepinit

    deepinit Junior Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 4

    Close family is free, outside of that pay or go-away. I didn't invest thousands of dollars so I could plow all of my neighbors driveways for free either, though some of them think I should.
  13. Kenyou

    Kenyou Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    They were most likely expecting that you would say, Don't worry about it, and not charge them.

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    i hope they have fun shoveling next storm
  15. wideout

    wideout Senior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 727

    they told you not to do it anymore so your out of it at least sounds like a good thing!
  16. Winterized

    Winterized Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    Amen to that...... Lesson learned, thank you !!
  17. JB1

    JB1 Senior Member
    Messages: 182

    sounds like you should be as happy as a hooker right now.
  18. hlntoiz

    hlntoiz Senior Member
    from NW, CT
    Messages: 588

    Agree, they prob won't give you a gift anyway.

    Another reason when I do work for family there is still a contract and understanding. Learned that a long time ago. no surprises that way
  19. BMAN1

    BMAN1 Member
    Messages: 93

    I plow my parents free, my wifes parents free and used to plow my sister in laws free, until she let a dude with no job move in. Then I stopped. She didnt ask why either!! I do all my neighbors for a discount pay one price unlimited. Everyone else pays!
  20. KEC Maintaince

    KEC Maintaince Senior Member
    from N.J.
    Messages: 265

    ill say what a guy who runs a very profitable business said to me.
    parents free but they have to wait till everything else is done.
    every one else is a customer. no b.s.
    even if its 25 bucks its still gas money