Just something that I recently saw that showed me first hand the price differences for our profession in different areas of the good old USA and thought I would share it for discussion and thought. However I am not posting this to argue about which areas prices are "right", because I think they all are right (except of course the lowballers) for the area you are in, but at the same time that doesn't mean what is right in NC will work in say PA and this bid just showed me that it is a fact. A couple months back I attended a pre-bid conference for a three year commercial account in the western part of the State here in NC. Now, the bidder I am going to reference was from a Northern state that had just very recently (within weeks) moved here to NC. He was an fulltime LCO owner there and was trying to stay in the business here in NC following his move here. Now, I am in NO WAY saying ANYTHING negative at all about this fellow bidder. As a matter of fact I took a few minutes to speak with him after the meeting and he seemed like a very nice fellow and like he knew the business well. I am ONLY using him and the bid to show that there really is a difference in the market prices for the same services in different areas of the country. Like I said I'm sure after talking with him he knew what he was doing so that played no part in his bid being higher, I'm certain that it was because he was brand new to this market and he bid it based on his former market. There were 6 companies invited to bid. As a matter of fact three of us had bid against each other two other times within the past three weeks even. All six companies submitted bids. Five of us were all in the high thirty thousand dollar range (around $36K-$39K) with all of the five basically being within a couple thousand dollars of each other. His bid was in the low seventy thousand dollar ($70K) range. Like I said I really believe he was a serious bidder and knew what he was doing and submitted what he thought was a very good and competitive bid....BUT it was based on market prices 700 miles away and it was drastically more than all the others because of that.