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How would you handle it?

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Your situation is exactly what drove me to have to close my own shop. Market saturation is a killer for prices. You need to "TAKE THE GLOVES OFF" and stop at nothing to protect your business! This Tint Shop on every corner and back ally, is how they do business in Mexico 24/7. You should first have a serious conversation with the idiot landlord and demand he boot the new guys period!! My market has went from being King of the hill for high prices and quality in the country, to just another Florida. It's ruined. Some 400 places to get a tint and trust me, some of those dirt cheap tints, look pretty good. You should do whatever it takes to make these scabs move out! You should be willing to beat their price long enough to drive them out! Give tint away with every wheel purchase or what ever. Check on their licence, do a background check, chain off your parking lot if it blocks access to their shop. Anything legal to rid yourself of these profit sucking hacks. I've dealt with this multiple times over thirty years, kisses and hugs, just don't get it! Your in a stronger position because your not totally dependant on tints like they are. Bite the bullet for a while and they will soon be gone. It's kind of hard to sell a Rolex at full value, when a knock off looks identical next door for thirty bucks. Your landlord may be liable for damages to your business because of his actions. Talk to your lawyer about bad faith.

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If I read correctly you are a wheel/lifts/push bar/e.t.c shop that offers/does window tinting services .If I was the guy next door [window tinting/graphics/wrap/ppf specialist] I would not consider your trim shop as a real tint pro shop. Good luck with that one.

Have to disagree with this one. Our shop does the same type of work as abc's shop. We are known for doing great work in all areas, especially tint. We have a franchise name, which does not have tinting in it, but is predominantly mentioned on the storefront. If someone didn't consider us a "real tint pro shop", they would have to be a complete moron. Reputation speaks for itself. :lol2

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Guest scottydosnntkno

good luck getting the landlord to boot them out if they have a legally binding lease, and theres nothing in the OPs lease about similar businesses. I know in mine it doesn't have anything about that. Is it implied? Yes, but thats not going to help anything.

you also can't go around chaining your parking lot, its against fire codes

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Guest NewGuy

I like Super sets idea, only I would make a HUGE arrow like maybe 3ft tall by 10ft long and print on it "we fix their tint jobs for our regular price of $---.xx" They started it, its up to you to end it.

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If I read correctly you are a wheel/lifts/push bar/e.t.c shop that offers/does window tinting services .If I was the guy next door [window tinting/graphics/wrap/ppf specialist] I would not consider your trim shop as a real tint pro shop. Good luck with that one.

Have to disagree with this one. Our shop does the same type of work as abc's shop. We are known for doing great work in all areas, especially tint. We have a franchise name, which does not have tinting in it, but is predominantly mentioned on the storefront. If someone didn't consider us a "real tint pro shop", they would have to be a complete moron. Reputation speaks for itself. :rollin

ABC may be the smartest bisiniess man with a MBA.True dat Rep is everything as a tinter.I put myself in the shoes of the consumer and try to see what they see when passing down a busy retail street.If they see trunks/hoods open with night club sound systems[30'' wheels] will that shopper identify your shop as a "Professional Window Tinting" Estabishment.Something to consider as tinters. :rollin

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Guest Pacific Islander

Hafa adai abc40kids,

Wow...all the above is true. Your situation is in some way similar to a lot of others, including myself. There is really no real or simple answer but the gas and lighter thing was funny. Think about that and then laugh, get it our of your "system" then think strategically.

Get information about their company, if it's legally registered with the State and/or county, then it's public information to know who are the owners, what type of operation or license they have for being in business.

In the 20 years in business and like practically everyone else, we've all been in some similar situations. The best thing we've done to "curb" this issue is EDUCATION. Educate your customers. Teach the truth about film. Provide your customers with options to find their specific need.

- Some want low price, then give it to them with cheap tint and same labor rate

- some want fair to good tint, give them some fair quality film and same labor rate

- some want the best stuff ever made, give the the most expesive stuff you have with the same labor rate

How we started 20 years ago was offering our auto consumers with one brand and dark, med. or light. TODAY because of the situation you brought up is why we offer GOOD - BETTER - BEST and BEST-EST. Sadly this we had no choice but to do, but it's something we HAD to do and really it's something that turned out to be in our favor. We do have the reputation as being to most expensive...we do charge the most...and we also make the most. Things have never been better and thanks to our competition that brought on our creative nature we ALL have. What you're going through is simply a paradigm shift. Make the change and improve yourself. Remember to always remain as positive as possible even to your competitors as life has a great way of making circle and you in that path.

After letting off your steam as we are all human, stand beside yourself and start a strategy to HELP and EDUCATE your customers. Please trust in this, NEVER go below what your worth. Provide a fair and reasonable labor rate, then add film costs based on qualities and warranties.

Time = Money, 2hrs per 4dr. = 60.00 ($30.00 to 80.00 per hr.) it's really up to you.

Warranty = Money (1 yr. = 10.00) (3yr. = 40.00) (L-Time = 75.00)

Quality = Money (Good = 20.00) (Better = 40.00) (Best = 80.00) (Best-est = 150.00)

Figures are simply examples and / or thoughts you may be able to use and are not specific. Sorry tintdude if I'm not supposed to provide "numbers" but the numbers shown are NOT specific as I only show this to help and assist others. Hope you're able to keep it, if not, I apologize in advance.

You have to realize you must change and adapt to your environment. Also know they have families too that they need to be fed as we are all human. Treat them (your competitors) with respect and integrity. After they suffer the consequences of their OWN actions, they may become your best friends and there's nothing wrong with that.

Kind regards,

Pacific Islander

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