I have a bonsai soil business supplying the Greater New Orleans Area. I used to be able to drive my trailer into the haydite manufacturer's yard and have them dump a front-loader full right into the bed. Last year, they told me they could not do that any longer. I was told that I would need to purchase a "Super Sack" that is preloaded with haydite. Oh, and I had to pay for the sack.
Now they tell me that dealing with the small customer is costly to them and they want me to pay a 150% price increase for the preloaded sack. Another way to put that is two and one half times the cost.
If I assume that the price of the sack itself has not increased, then the haydite price increase is 300% higher than last year, or four times the cost. Essentially, the cost of doing business with me is 4 times the cost of their product.
Just wondering if anyone else is going through this sort of squeeze.