Well it happened to me the first time today. I got hammered, and not from just a schmuck on the street with a wheelbarrow and shovel trying to make a dollar, but from a local mulch dealer. I bid the job at right at $3450.00. There is a little over 6,000 sq. ft. of bed space, mulch is running around $28.00 yd. I figured it to need 56 yds, for 3 coverage, that comes out to $61.50 yd delivered and installed. Long story short, when I arrived to deliver my bid, the owner requested some changes, additional coverage in some areas, and none in other areas, and added 250' of edging. Ran the #s it came out real close to a push, so I let the bid stand. Less edging, which I figured at $150.00. Got the call today, the other bid was in $1650.00. I was amazed, the customer did provide me with some detail on the bid. The other company figured 30 scoops? Did not mention coverage depth. Now most around here have 1 ¼ yard buckets, that makes 37.5 yds. Hmmm, with 2 coverage over 6,000 sq. ft. equals 37 yds. Now, at $28.00 yd (which is what this dealer sells for) x 37 yds thats $1036.00 Could someone explain to me how you stay in business or make a profit if you are willing to haul and install for $16.00 yd? The edging is another matter I guess. And you really cant count the fact they get it at wholesale price and can pass it along, because that would have to be subtracted from what he could have sold it for on the market and never have to touch it. To make things even more interesting, I was going to by the mulch for this job from this dealer, as they are the nearest to the job site. There was supposable another bid that was even lower, I did not even inquire about that one. Just thanked them for the opportunity, wished them the best and chalked it up. I guess I will have to get used to this huh? I doubt it will be the last time.