steamup wrote:1. The price of coal is rising faster than the interest rate in my bank account.
I'm surprised no one called you out on that.
I just suggested that people may want to purchase early,
to avoid not getting it, or paying more, because prices were rising
and had people say it wasn't true.
Of course I was talking about an area not near PA.
And, I have to admit, that we don't get as much coal as others, we are small..
In the last two years, we have only bought about 400 tons.
Our price, not including delivery has gone up about 25 bucks/ton since spring.
Delivery has gone up around 150 per load, to around 1100-1200.
We are getting 2 loads in next week, that was ordered and paid for in September.
So that wait, this early in the season, is real TO US.
We are just thinking ahead as to what MAY happen.
So if a person buys 4 tons, that is about an extra 100 bucks.
While that may not seem significant to some, or call it reasonable,
to many, it represents a decent amount of money.
We have people buy 4 or 5 bags at a time in the winter,
because it is all they can afford.
Last season, when we ran out of coal, we were buying it retail from another
area, trucking it back to our yard, and selling it for the same price as our own.
Just so these customers would have heat.
So if anyone thinks that my suggestion was bogus, or not true, fine.
I really am happy that you do not see the same things as we do.
My thoughts were only based on what WE see, in our area..
Other areas obviously have different situations!
If anyone thinks that I was trying to spread fear or misinformation,
I apologize for that.... and will contain any future concerns.