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Tradie stalks rival's Facebook page to undercut customers

A small family builder is furious a competing tradesman 'stalked' their Facebook page and messaged customers offering them cheaper quotes.

Shannon Cooper showed off her father-in-law Paul's work on the social media page of his Perth Boundary Walls and Letterboxes company last month.

The pair were overjoyed when the picture of a custom-made concrete letterbox was inundated with hundreds of people commenting to ask for the price of similar jobs.

Shannon Cooper (C) and her father-in-law Paul Cooper (L) are furious a competing tradesman 'stalked' their comapny's Facebook page and messaged customers offering cheaper quotes

Shannon Cooper (C) and her father-in-law Paul Cooper (L) are furious a competing tradesman 'stalked' their comapny's Facebook page and messaged customers offering cheaper quotes

Bricklayer Chris Waide (L) was undercutting them by as much as $600 for the 'exact post box in the picture you commented on'

Bricklayer Chris Waide (L) was undercutting them by as much as $600 for the 'exact post box in the picture you commented on'

But they soon discovered bricklayer Chris Waide was undercutting them by as much as $600 for the 'exact post box in the picture you commented on'.

'It really doesn't give us a chance to compete and we are wasting our money marketing. What on earth do you do?' she told Daily Mail Australia. 

'We are a small family owned business and in quiet times we have always kicked up our marketing, not just stolen clients from our competitors by stalking their pages.

'I've never seen a business or a tradie so openly doing this, it's insane. I'm really annoyed but there's nothing we can do to stop him.'

Ms Cooper said Mr Cooper, 60, (pictured with his grandchildren) didn't have much longer to 'get his nest egg together' and customers were cancelling orders to save money

Ms Cooper said Mr Cooper, 60, (pictured with his grandchildren) didn't have much longer to 'get his nest egg together' and customers were cancelling orders to save money

Ms Cooper showed off her father-in-law's work on the social media page of his Perth Boundary Walls and Letterboxes company last month and received hundreds of inquiries

Ms Cooper showed off her father-in-law's work on the social media page of his Perth Boundary Walls and Letterboxes company last month and received

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