I ran into this problem twice this year & was just dumbfounded .... but I shouldn't be surprised these days...
Anyway, I had my wife call around for coal prices a few months back, starting with the supplier I used last year. I knew the price had gone up, but when she called me & told me $364.50 per ton I almost fainted!!
How could they go up $73 per ton??? I had her call back to confirm, thinking that someone made a mistake & she calls back with the same info. I'm like wtf???
So just the other day I went with my father to pick up some coal so we could split the load & get it back to his house in one shot. He told the girl at the checkout that he wanted 2 tons of coal. It was at that moment that I realized what had happened months before. When my father saw the register hit $729 he almost lost his mind!
What was happening was the young girls that work the registers thought 1 ton = 1 PALLET!!!
1 pallet at this place is 50, 50lb. bags which is 2,500lbs. or 1.25 tons! A little math barrier there!
They had no clue what 1 ton meant!!
ALWAYS ASK when buying bagged! Probably better to ask the price PER BAG & do the math yourself!