Last night I noticed my local TSC, Pawcatuck CT, had a pallet of their own brand of nut coal, $5.99 for a 40 # bag. So, just to try it, bought 10 bags. Can't comment on quality yet, but I noticed bringing it in that each bag weighs noticeably less than the 40# bags of Blaschak we've been schlepping for years. I guess we've gotten pretty well-tuned to what 40# feels like! So I weighed one, and it was less than 35#! So I got more scientific:
The average weight of ten bags was exactly 32#, which is exactly 80% of what it says on the bag, sign, and receipt. Paying $5.99 for a 40# bag that is really 32#, you are actually paying $7.49 per 40 pounds. If you bought a "ton" at that rate, you would actually get 1600#. You wouldn't be paying $299.50 per ton, it's actually $374.50!
I'm going back to Tractor Supply tomorrow to tell them, but I wanted to warn folks - so you can check for yourself.
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