we all have heard the complaints about the big companies that are doing work for cheap....and still make money they can afford to work cheaper due to volume. here are some examples.... when we were buying mulch from the local supplier we were paying $25.00/yard whosale.. we started buying it by the tractor trailer and are now paying about $10.00/yard. we can easially underprice the samller local guys if we wanted, but since we have plenty of work, we keep our normal price..and pocket the extra $15.00/yard. that really adds up when you're seling several hundred yards per year. Pine straw. whwn we buy tractor trailer loads of pine straw we only pay $3.25-$3.50/bale (wholesale from the local places is $4.25 -$4.50.) not much but multiply that times the 5K bales we lay and that's an extra 5K in our pocket. the same thing goes for all our other materials. We get better pricing on all our landscape products becuase we maintain more than $25K in sales from john deere. the main reason i posted this is to give one of the many advantages of growing your business with employees to reach the "bulk materials" level. you can keep your prices the same and turn much better profits.