I dont think it can be denied that fees for mowing lawns are in a downward spiral. On the flip side, equipment costs are going up, up, up. The dealers are, for the most part, holding prices high and not really budging. Take for example, Exmark. The price of the mowers are usually within $300 across the country. Im trying to buy an Accelerator catcher. All locals give the same price, $559. Since when do you pay full rippin retail wherever you shop? I tried to purchase Shindaiwa last year from a guy in another state because he wasnt fixing his prices. That worked once until his distributor caught wind of it. The dealer said he couldnt ship to me anymore because Shinny said so. Thats not the American way but then again, Shinny isnt American is it. But the American companies have learned well from the foreign companies havent they? These companies have had it too good for too long. The fact is they are getting into our pockets like never before. People need to think a little more before paying top dollar.