wow never heard of them doing this. They make plenty though. They're probably paying $2/bale. it's crap pine straw and it isn't long leaf, so it's the crap of crap. The mexicans ride around here selling it for $3/bale $5/installed. I pay a premium but I know the person I buy from is a nice guy, will always be there, gets a good product and also stands behind it. He pays taxes too just like everyone else.