Just an FYI when asking dealers about their coal prices

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Just an FYI when asking dealers about their coal prices

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:21 pm

I ran into this problem twice this year & was just dumbfounded .... but I shouldn't be surprised these days... :roll:

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!! :eek2: :eek2: :eek2: :fear: :confused:

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! :lol: 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! :lol: They had no clue what 1 ton meant!! :shock:

ALWAYS ASK when buying bagged! Probably better to ask the price PER BAG & do the math yourself! :idea:
SMITTY
 
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Re: Just an FYI when asking dealers about their coal prices

PostBy: wlape3 On: Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:29 pm

Unfortunately this happens a lot more than it should.

Try this next time you are at a fast food place or chain store. Give the check out person 12.49 for a 7.49 bill (or something similar). The idea is to get back a five instead of some ones and change but the look of bewilderment they give you is a riot. Some need to actually be prompted to figure out the correct change. No wonder we are slipping behind other countries when our young people can't even do simple math.
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Re: Just an FYI when asking dealers about their coal prices

PostBy: 009to090 On: Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:34 pm

I had to get a few bags of rice one time, to hold me over until a new bulk delivery arrived. The girl came out to the yard to help loading my car with bags, even though I said I would do it. So we both start throwing bags, from two closely-spaced pallets, into the back of my car. I was only getting a few bags, so when we were done and recounted bags, I noticed one of the bags looked real LUMPY. checked the label on that bag, it was nut, not rice! :shock: checked the other bags. All the bags she threw in was nut. The pallet she was pulling from was all Nut. I told her so, and started taking out the bags of nut. She says "Whats the diff? Coal is coal, ain't it?" :eek2: :fear:

I shoulda loaded my own car, and saved myself some work. That was the last time I bought there, and haven't bought bagged since.
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Re: Just an FYI when asking dealers about their coal prices

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:37 pm

Oh, man!! :shock: That's another thing to watch for too - never thought someone would pull that one! :lol:

Rice, stove -- what's the difference?? :rofl: :doh:
SMITTY
 
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