So I was trying to come up with all the variables that play into ordering coal.
First the easy stuff:
Type: Anthracite / Bituminous
Size: Rice / Nut
Packaging: Bagged / Loose (Bulk)
Bag Size: 40 / 50 / etc.
Fee per bag: None / $.75 / $1 / etc.
Oiled: Yes / No
Washed: Yes / No
Anything missing from up there?
Then the hard thing -- Delivery:
Distance: 30 miles / 50 miles / etc.
$ / Mile: $1 / $10 / etc.
$ / Mile both ways?: Yes / No
$ / Ton: $200 / $240 / $300 / etc.
Flat delivery charge: $30 / $50 / $100 / etc.
Min Delivery: none / 1 ton / 4 tons / 8 tons / etc.
Max Delivery: none / 5 tons / 7 tons / etc.
Does this cover every strange way you've ever had to order coal? Does this cover every fee you've ever run into?
I just ran into the first guy who charged a bag deposit (thus the "Fee per Bag"), although I guess it's not that odd, as I know a guy who charged a deposit on pallets used to deliver bags.
I've seen guys charge a flat rate per mile, but has anyone seen anybody charge a rate per mile per ton? (3 tons for 20 miles = $60 delivery; 2 tons for 20 miles = $40 delivery)
I didn't include that I think a lot of people have "tiers" for delivery. ($40 / ton for < 4 tons, but $100 flat for all orders 4 tons and greater. Kind of a large order discount. I had one guy not charge for delivery at all one year as long as I ordered a whole truck load of coal.)