I wanted to post this in the thread entitled "Price Check", because it pertains to the comments made in that thread, however, that thread has been closed. Many folks were balking at high prices posted by some, while others were posting dirt cheap prices. It is a simnple business philospohy. RB posted that he can buy salt from Rochez Bros. for $39/ton. Others are paying upwards of $65-100 per ton. Rochez. Bros is right on the Mongehelea River, and they have their salt brought in on barges. Now, that is a relativly direct way of getting salt. IT is an economicial way of shipping large quantities of material to a general location. So, RB buys his salt almost directly off the barge. Here is why others will pay a higher price. BArges can only go to certian areas, namely where there is a sufficent channel depth to permit their navigation. So, if you want to buy salt an hour or so away from the port, it must be trucked there. That trucking company is going to make a buck off that salt. It is then dropped off at local supply yards, and they again will make a buck off of that salt. Everyone that handles that salt will make a buck off of it, including you that spreads it. So, the more people that get their hands on that salt, the higher the prices. I am pretty sure that you could get salt very, very cheap if you went directly to the salt mine to pick it up.