Hi billw,, you would have fallen through the floor checking on the prices for wood products a few years ago.. These prices have dropped drasticly with the downturn in new home construction. Now is a good time for buying wood products..
About a year ago I went to my local lumber yard, who is pretty competitive with the Home Depot and Lowes stores.. and inquired on the price of a 250' roll of 14-2/wg wire [romex]. When he said $55 I replied, no, not 12-3/wg, I want 14-2/wg... he laughed and showed me the price list...my jaw dropped..
Copper and steel are skyrocketing in price, just like oil.. it is supply and demand... the supply is finite and limited, and the demand is strong.. China and India are building and modernizing at a phenominal rate,, and,,, worse their population is growing at a mind boggling rate... We have a very scary future in the grand scheme of the world market..