I've been cutting and selling firewood for about 30 years. I've done it many difderant ways from a pick-up, mall, and chainsaw, to now, skidder, processor, dump trucks, with employees and without. The problem isn't under cutting each other. Or the weekend wood gye. The problem is people who think there wood is worth to much. The weekender wood man who is trying to make a buck is not and has never been a reliable source for firewood. There is always a problem with measurement, normally short, the is always a problem with quality, wood wet when it should be dry, or wood not split small enought.
These poeple don't last long and nornally don't have repeat customers. A solid consistant customer base; is where the same people call and depend, consitantly on you, year after year. In stead of complaining about under cutting the price. Provide your steady customers with a reduced price for wood. This is more importaint in the ecconomy where people are not moving around so much. New customers burning wood, or purchasing homes with wood stoves, is in a down turn. Keeping the steady customer happy should be your number one priority. Keep in mind everyone needs to save as much money as possible thing are tight everywhere now. Wood is a commodity and it's price fluctuates year by year, season through season. As an example presently I have dry wood cut in march split in april, stored on a cement pad, under cover, been drying for 7 months. I'm selling it for $235.00 delivered. My next nearest competitor is seeling the same wood for $330.00. Are people buying his sure they are. Why so much differance? because his costs are to high, His production exspences are not under controle, he can't aford to sell it for a reasonable price. Paid cash for my skidder, convayor splitter, truck, no payments I make more money at 235 that he does at 330. Why? My buisness modle is more appropreate. My advise to you to to reduce your costs so you can reduce your price and remain competitive. Your in the busness of selling chunks of wood: not chunks of precious metals.
Last bumped by Anonymous on December 14th, 2010, 10:58 pm.