2 months ago, approach a straw dealer.... they quote me $3.10 per bale for 3000 bales. I go back yesterday to order them to be delivered.... I am told $3.60 per bale... I bring up our conversation 2 months ago and they drop back down to $3.10 per bale. We walk their yard of trailers and semi trailers... point out one particular trailer... I ask how many bales it holds.... 610 bales. Wow! that trailer holds 610 bales, yes... they claim. I say fine... cut a check for over $3,782 as I tell her to deliver me two truck loads... 1220 bales. First truck comes today... we help the guys unload it... and ask them... how many bales? 610 they say... after they leave.... I count em up. 468 bales... THANKS! Guess this particular company didn't think I'd count bulk straw... so I make the call.... Me -"Ummm Mam'? How many bales does that trailer hold fully stocked?" Her - "610" Me - "Well, I just counted 468.... twice..." Her - "Really, maybe the mexicans mis counted...." Me - "Don't think so, the trailer was 100% filled, no room left... 468... and you told me 610... we're short 143 bales... with another load coming... that's also gonna be short 143 bales.... not to mention next weeks loads coming which WOULD ALSO be short another 286 bales... if I didn't count these out... that's 572 bales = over $1700 extra I'd have to shell outta my pocket thinkin' I misquoted..." Her - "Hmmmmm, I'm really sorry." Me - "Now before I start spreading this s***, do YOU wanna come count it out? or are you gonna take my word for it?" Her - "I'll get you the extra 284 bales that you paid for ..." Me - Click! WTF??? This is like the tenth time I've had people try to beat me in material... between pine straw and mulch!! Never EVER had this problem before.... until... (won't go there) So, the moral of the story... don't trust any one.... and for God's sake, count your material.... especially when it comes in bulk.