I haven't ordered a lot of stuff from them but when I do I get it shipped promptly and very little shipping costs from my point of view anyway. I always thought their customer service was excellent and they're shipping fees reasonable but then again I've never ordered any kind of hazardous chemical.I have heard that the online shipping charges come out high. You will get lower shipping charges if you call the order in and talk to a human. I don't remember if I ever tested that since my last couple orders were will call.
I've also heard a persistent rumor that the sawmills expected a contraction in demand this time last year and spooled down production; meanwhile, everyone and their brother decided it was time to build something...But a lot of that is supply driven rather than shipping costs. The new housing boom due to the recent trend of exodus from the cities is a huge driver of building material costs. I haven't kept records but it looks like wood in general has doubled in cost in the same period at our hardware stores.
Your hurricanes do the same to the price of our drywall, way up here in the Rockies, on a seasonal cycle.
I always hate seeing trees junked. Things like urban trees are usually thrown away because through the years spikes, nails, and target practice can be imbedded. Saw mills usually don’t want them unless they are something special. I will say there is a stretch if I-55 Between Memphis,TN and Jackson, MS where the roadside trees are very intriguing. They are very straight pine trees that somehow only have limbs at the top so no knots. Airplane wood. Of course it’s very illegal to cut them down.
A lot of those trees are now gone. They were in medians all over the state, but someone started clear-cutting long stretches several years ago. Would be nice if the state got the revenue from the sale of the lumber, but given the widespread cronyism...there is a stretch if I-55 Between Memphis,TN and Jackson, MS where the roadside trees are very intriguing. They are very straight pine trees that somehow only have limbs at the top so no knots. Airplane wood. Of course it’s very illegal to cut them down.