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post #1 of 69 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 08:16 AM
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is anyone else seeing numerous ads on craigslist for contractors? seeems everyday theres a new bubblegum company trying to start,help yourself and start flagging these low paying places,eventually they will lose their clients when they cant perform the work.
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post #2 of 69 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 09:23 AM
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Why do you even look at those ads?

What good will it do? Are cheap underpaying customers something you are interested in?
post #3 of 69 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 11:04 AM
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actually i look at them to see what they are paying
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post #4 of 69 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 11:33 AM
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Better get used to it. They have multiplied 10 fold around here lately. Guess what the number one selling item is at my local sign store! Magnetic signs for handymen and contractors. The guy said they have had even more start up contractors come in than landscape people starting up. Seems like everyone out of work at the moment is either a contractor or landscaper.

I'm as much as 3x the prices they're quoting and I can't touch their prices if I tried. I been sitting at home for the last 5 months on me ass. I ain't working for less than it costs to run my business.
post #5 of 69 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 11:51 AM
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Flag? You've lowered yourself to their level.
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sorry kent wrong,only lowered myself if i work for their prices
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Why would you feel the need to muzzle others? Let people be free to offer their lousy services. I always thought my work can speak for itself.
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sorry kent wrong,only lowered myself if i work for their prices
First, do you compete with Craigslist contractors? If you do, that's mistake #1.

Second, do you really want a majority of your customers finding you on CL? With that said, I will admit that I have run CL ads for sheds a few summers ago. It got me through that slow summer, but I didn't cheap out or low ball my prices. I sold as is, no haggling. Sold 10 sheds that summer. But I would never seek CL as the major source of my clients.

Third, you are lowering yourself. Flagging is to be used for specific reasons and low ball hack competitors is not one of them. You are abusing CL TOS, plain and simple.
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post #10 of 69 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 12:46 PM
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sorry kent wrong,only lowered myself if i work for their prices
You are right. Since you are bothering them for no reason except they are lower price than you, that makes you the lesser person.
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