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Posted 06 November 2018 - 07:40 PM

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Don’t say a word, just turn and walk, they will never be a good customer.
Posted 06 November 2018 - 07:52 PM

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if you say YES, weren't u ripping them off in the first place ?

My first price is my final price !

 

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 08:00 PM

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Get this on occasion.Usually from indians & asians as bargaining is part of their culture.My response is the same.Minimum charge.Basically nicely telling them take it or leave it in around about way without being rude as you never know what more work from their friends you'll get as i find they tend to network more than most


Posted 07 November 2018 - 10:25 AM

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This is my said many times, not necessarily in my exact words.

 

"That was my price and it's probably too cheap, It can go higher if you ask for more things or go lower if you leave things off"

 

I don't care who they are, where they are from, how old they are

if they look rich I assume they don't pay on time

if the house is a mess and the yard that makes you cringe, chances are you won't rate too high on the 'what they actually care about scale'

 

if it looks unkempt 'I'll listen to the story but the price doesn't change, it is what it is'


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Posted 07 November 2018 - 04:45 PM

I'm retiring, not sure where I'm moving to. Greener pastures or back to FNQ.


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We quoted on pruning/weeding job about 3 months ago. Customer said we were too expensive can we do it cheaper. Said no and if she changes her mind to ring us. Got a message from her on Thursday. Can you come and finish weeding as other guy hasn't been back for a month. Wants us to finish the job. Often cheaper quote means cheaper work.
Posted 10 November 2018 - 05:48 PM

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one of my favourite responses is "you can always do it yourself...."


Posted 10 November 2018 - 08:06 PM

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I tell people I work bloody hard and I'm turning up with thousands of dollars worth of equipment , I'm fully insured and professional.

you get what you pay for ....and I have sooo many customers happy to pay my price that the ones who want to bargain aren't worth the effort.  I don't bother 


Posted 10 November 2018 - 08:45 PM

B.L.T.H ....Brake late, Turn hard


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I love a good haggle but yea i just say "No, i think thats a fair price, don't you?"


Posted 11 November 2018 - 05:44 PM

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Quote is $60. Can you do a better price? Sure how about $80 ? Always get a funny look and generally How is that better? Better for me i reply. 
I dont often get those jobs.  ;)


Posted 11 November 2018 - 08:51 PM

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Get this on occasion.Usually from indians & asians as bargaining is part of their culture.My response is the same.Minimum charge.Basically nicely telling them take it or leave it in around about way without being rude as you never know what more work from their friends you'll get as i find they tend to network more than most

Agree Scorp, where I live the ethnic mix has changed dramatically over the last 15 years - a haggling culture and one which doesn't place a high value on big expanses of well maintained turf - more likely to see a back yard converted to a rambling vegetable garden - so we have to adapt I guess - but I don't load my quotes and haggle down - goes against the grain. 


Posted 11 November 2018 - 09:24 PM

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When I was starting out I let a guy haggle me down $5 on a regular mowing job.  Even though it was only $5 every time I turned up there I resented it and after a couple of months had to drop him.  That was my lesson to never again drop my price.


Posted 12 November 2018 - 06:01 AM

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Don’t say a word, just turn and walk, they will never be a good customer.


Did just that this afternoon. Your kidding the bloke said, last guy charged us $22 to mow and weed the garden. And he used to trim the hedges (the hedge was about 10 metres long and 3 metres high) for $26. We are pensioners you know. Give him a call I said. He won’t answer his phone he said I think he has gone out of business.

All the best I replied, I hope you get someone soon and walked away.
Posted 15 November 2018 - 03:37 PM

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When I was starting out I let a guy haggle me down $5 on a regular mowing job.  Even though it was only $5 every time I turned up there I resented it and after a couple of months had to drop him.  That was my lesson to never again drop my price.


That’s exactly it, if you under quote you can keep working hard on your own mistake, but if you get pushed into it, it just chews at you the whole time. Being on your own with no one to talk to it can just spiral away into something way bigger in your mind than it should.
Posted 15 November 2018 - 04:41 PM

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Did just that this afternoon. Your kidding the bloke said, last guy charged us $22 to mow and weed the garden. And he used to trim the hedges (the hedge was about 10 metres long and 3 metres high) for $26. We are pensioners you know. Give him a call I said. He won’t answer his phone he said I think he has gone out of business.

All the best I replied, I hope you get someone soon and walked away.

Yes I agree with the way you handled it but, its also not the customers fault, he just thinks thats the going rate & you're trying to rip him off.

Fault lies with the fool who charged peanuts & is now out of business !

 

Cheers Fred.


Posted 15 November 2018 - 05:27 PM

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Yes I agree with the way you handled it but, its also not the customers fault, he just thinks thats the going rate & you're trying to rip him off.
Fault lies with the fool who charged peanuts & is now out of business !
 
Cheers Fred.


You are dead right it’s not the customers fault by any means. Unfortunately in an industry where some charge ridiculously low prices and subsequently go out of business there is often an expectation that there will be another camper willing and waiting to jump in the slot
Posted 15 November 2018 - 06:55 PM

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Yes I agree with the way you handled it but, its also not the customers fault, he just thinks thats the going rate & you're trying to rip him off.

Fault lies with the fool who charged peanuts & is now out of business !

 

Cheers Fred.

Having said that, with a bit of a rethink, the customer needs to be a little more realistic.

FFS, thats 80's rates, its nearly 2019.

No need to say you're kidding, thats just rude.

Just coulda said, no thanks.

 

Cheers Fred.


Posted 16 November 2018 - 06:22 PM

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Having said that, with a bit of a rethink, the customer needs to be a little more realistic.

FFS, thats 80's rates, its nearly 2019.

No need to say you're kidding, thats just rude.

Just coulda said, no thanks.

 

Cheers Fred.

Your looking at it from our point of view. If your a customer you just want a good price and the customer has no idea. In 95% of cases id wager that the contractor does a job that's 98% better. (most have never owned a whipper FFS..) They just don't understand- and that's ok. If they have been trained to pay peanuts then when you ask them for more than a carton they are shocked.


Posted 16 November 2018 - 06:52 PM

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Just because i mentioned payment by a carton..

Two weeks ago I was at a job and the neighbour came up and asked for a quote. I said $40 if  its regular and I didn't have to catch it ( he was fine with that as that's how I did his neighbour and he thought I caught it)

He sad "would you take a carton of beer ?"

Yes. I said but that means your paying more that I'm asking"


Posted 16 November 2018 - 06:57 PM

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Just because i mentioned payment by a carton..

Two weeks ago I was at a job and the neighbour came up and asked for a quote. I said $40 if  its regular and I didn't have to catch it ( he was fine with that as that's how I did his neighbour and he thought I caught it)

He sad "would you take a carton of beer ?"

Yes. I said but that means your paying more that I'm asking"

So you ARE a beer bob?

 

 

When I see a neighbour approach I can almost guarantee its going to be a pain in the butt. They are almost always the Gladys Kravitzs that can be be bothered to organise things themselves. They hear a lawnmower next door and automatically assume you will "just pop over" and do it for cheap.............or a carton of beer if you are a beer bob.


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