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Contractor Urgent: recently you submitted a bid to remove hazards @ *&%%^&% address: we need you to go and get a letterhead price list from your waste disposal site and submit it to us in order to properly submit your bid, please remit asap.




(me) (and I was in no mood today) The price list you speak of does not concern you, its for my personal benefit, if you find this unacceptable please pass the work to another contractor. You people are constantly trying to brow beat bids to the point you are actually hurting your business. You could ask me to breathe under water, but that is not going to happen either.
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Contractor Urgent: recently you submitted a bid to remove hazards @ *&%%^&% address: we need you to go and get a letterhead price list from your waste disposal site and submit it to us in order to properly submit your bid, please remit asap.




(me) (and I was in no mood today) The price list you speak of does not concern you, its for my personal benefit, if you find this unacceptable please pass the work to another contractor. You people are constantly trying to brow beat bids to the point you are actually hurting your business. You could ask me to breathe under water, but that is not going to happen either.
Right on and the humor is spot on. Perhaps they just need a medical term for these people... Wait there is one ! Crainialrectumitus. !!

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Contractor Urgent: recently you submitted a bid to remove hazards @ *&%%^&% address: we need you to go and get a letterhead price list from your waste disposal site and submit it to us in order to properly submit your bid, please remit asap.




(me) (and I was in no mood today) The price list you speak of does not concern you, its for my personal benefit, if you find this unacceptable please pass the work to another contractor. You people are constantly trying to brow beat bids to the point you are actually hurting your business. You could ask me to breathe under water, but that is not going to happen either.
I've been asked for that numerous times, especially when I bid line items for things like tires. The ones that really piss me off are the ones that say you need pictures of emptying your dump trailer at the landfill AND the paid reciept showing amounts, tonnage and the extras, that you bid......sorry, that you're not getting.



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I once had a coordinator call and ask to speak directly to our plumber...I asked why, and she said to verify our bid with him....so I gave her the number and she called my plumber ask what do you mean it's too high?? She said yes $400 is too much and said oh good thing you called I gave Aaron the wrong bid your's is actually $550!!...
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A sub who worked for me was complaining once that he went to look at a buddies car that was for sale. He was selling it for 10K, but he knew damn well he only paid $4500 for it. Who cares what the guy makes off of the car as long as you got a good deal and are happy. The fact that a National is concerned about your profit margin is pretty ironic.
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GT the reason they are so worried is that they know how badly they are porking the banks on these jobs marking up bids etc, they don't want to get in return any thing that looks like what they are giving.

Professionals are people who can do their job when they don't feel like it.
Amateurs are people that can't do their job even when they do feel like it.
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I had an asset mgr. e-mail me once, regarding my pricing. He told me I needed to lower my profit for the job to be approved. As he knew that contractors made good money.

I sent him an e-mail back, Asking him how much he personly made per hour or day, As I was beginning to think he might be overpaid, And since geting the job approved was his main goal, If he lowered his daily pay, We could get moving on the said job.. I told him "I KNOW ASSET MANAGERS MAKE GOOD MONEY" just made sense to me...

Next e-mail I got was "BID APPROVED FOR FULL AMOUNT"

That asset manager never questioned my bids after that.
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Tell "them" to open the phone book, pick up the phone and call the waste disposal company direct to see if "they" can get a better price.

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Tell "them" to open the phone book, pick up the phone and call the waste disposal company direct to see if "they" can get a better price.
I had something similiar to that happen to me once. I was told that "they" called around and my disposal facitlity was charging too much. "They" called around and found one that was 40% less per ton (plus cheaper on the extras) and they were "requiring" me to use that one. I said, pull out your friggen map. That facility is 60 miles away from my coverage area. I said, when I'm your employee, you can tell who to use, where to buy things, what hours to work, etc. Until then, don't ever tell me how to run my business.



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