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was cut out

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Reliable Snow and Ice, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Reliable Snow and Ice

    Reliable Snow and Ice Senior Member
    Messages: 981

    i was just cut out by a guy that charges 25 dollars for a lot that I had been getting 125 for whats the rule's on what i can do to the guy???
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    A lot of things. But walk away and pick it up next year.
  3. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    You can't do anything but feel sorry for him. What's the point of this thread?
  4. mycirus

    mycirus Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 589

    I have an idea, undercut him and charge 15. He will be on here asking how the hell can this guy do it for 15 and make a profit. That will really get him good.
  5. Reliable Snow and Ice

    Reliable Snow and Ice Senior Member
    Messages: 981

    i'm taking grandviews advise..
  6. suzuki0702

    suzuki0702 Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    all i can say is.......

  7. f250man

    f250man PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,124

    I just saw a sign in a guys front yard that said any driveway for 10 bucks.
  8. Ropinghorns

    Ropinghorns Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    Burn his plow?
  9. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,137

    Thats pretty said someone can do a lot for $100 cheaper.

    I had a driveway lined up for this year for $275 & lost it to a guy that charges $160.
  10. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    I can't understand how these people are making money.
    I am curious how big was this lot?
    Hopefully this guy doesn't last
  11. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    They're not. Gas, insurance, wear and tear on the truck, brakes, trans., tires, plow, maintenance, shop, shop expenses, portion of energy bill to office, office supplies, and pay taxes on what is left over. Do the math. This guy is into the negatives,.....believe ME.
  12. paradise1229

    paradise1229 Senior Member
    Messages: 308

    Walk away. You will get it back after he sees he can't do it and is a no show.
    Turn arround and maybe charge a little more just for them going with that scab.
  13. eshskis

    eshskis Senior Member
    from 4
    Messages: 138

    where did you get this intell from did you talk to him? who said he was getting 25.00
  14. tinkenboutit

    tinkenboutit Junior Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 26

    No insurance. No taxes. Steals gas from his day job. Got the truck and plow for free. "It's only beer money." "I lose money on every job but I make it up in volume."
    Or maybe what Eshskis said.
  15. KBTConst

    KBTConst Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    They will be calling you before winters over just keep your head up and wait for him to fall on his face.
  16. tinkenboutit

    tinkenboutit Junior Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 26

    He also probably plows the drifts for half price.
  17. fletchxxx

    fletchxxx Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    do nothing !!!!!!!. , move on i have a 21 driveway route one storm, 2 drop off for many different reasons. three more call, it all works out in the end a good customer base at the end of the year to build on, i have craigs list ad, and local news paper ad. $99.00 month. i bill 1" to 7" $35.00
    7" to 14" $50.00
    14" to 21" $70.00

    21" to blizard storm a fair price $100.00 not one complaint so far 30 years plowing in Boston area north
  18. paradise1229

    paradise1229 Senior Member
    Messages: 308

    if you don't mind, can you email me a craigslist ad you're using? I'd like to see how you
    have it worded. I'm in Warren,OH so you don't have to worry about competition.
  19. ultimateinc

    ultimateinc Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    its happing all over it sucks. just sit back and laugh cause after hes done plowing that lot it prob just cost him $25 out of his pocket. just sit back and wait then buy his equimpent in a year when he needs money thats what i did to 1 company that did it to me he was charging way less than me and finally after 2 years all his stuff was for sale so i bought alot of it for half of what he was asking then told him thanks for screwing up the market
  20. daninline

    daninline Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    I have seen alot of this stuff this year, people keep looking for quotes all winter now I think