So I got a call on a place Im selling, go to meet the guy and it turns out its 2 guys who are partners, not looking to buy at all, but to actually corner me about my bandit signs Ive been putting up, they wanted to know why I was tearing their signs down and putting mine up. I told them I wasnt tearing any signs down because Im not like that, and Im not. I actually put mine up in different spots because I know there are plenty of deals out there for everyone, and were the only 2 in town using them. I explained how mine were also being torn down but despite this they still went on telling me that Im guilty until proven innocent because why were mine all the sudden up when theirs were down, which is funny because thats exactly what happened to me with their signs. They went on to tell me that they were there on behalf of a couple of other bigger time investors and that I was pissing people off. They said that code enforcement had been calling them because they thought they were their signs. Said they actually went to court or something with code enforcement some time back and came to an agreement that they could put up signs, as long as they werent plastered all over the city.
Now, last week I put up every sign I had left which was like 25, I usually only put up 10 or so at a time, and usually close to home. They said it looked bad when I would put up a sign down the street from one of thiers (which I also explained should give them reason to believe that I was in fact NOT taking theirs down). I got a laugh when I was told they dont care if I put up signs but that it shouldnt be near one of theirs, because, well, they have them everywhere that would make sense to have them, so in essence I said, so youre telling me to not put a sign up near yours, but yours are everywhere, so really, I have no where to put mine up.
I can understand the code enforcement thing, and not wanting to piss them off with plastering signs all over the city, and Id like to actually make friends with these guys since they are a lot bigger than I am, but I felt like I was being strong armed out of the bandit sign game. So at this point Im not sure what to do, should I just continue what Im doing until code enforcement gets ahold of me themselves and say screw these guys Ill do what I want, which is what Im used to doing, or try to make peace with these guys and find another form of marketing or what. Im not opposed to knocking on preforeclosure doors or mailing letters etc, bandit signs got calls coming in, but most were not deals, and there werent that many calls to begin with. Im kinda pissed about this whole thing, especially when I go out and see all my signs are down again, and theirs are back up in the same place, even places where I KNOW they had none to begin with. Im tempted to actually go out and just rip them down since I have none to put back up now anyway. They even told me that they had hired someone to go rip mine down, and that it costs them money to have mine up, both for having someone rip mine down, plus the cost of signs, and to have more put up, like I said, I felt like they were basically saying that since they have been doing it for a whole 3 years now in the same spots, got the permission etc, that I shouldnt be nudging into their territory.
So, what would you do as a somewhat beginner? Just curious