Tuesday, September 29, 2015
No Inflation Huh?
Buying used Rail Road ties is something I do almost every year it seems. Not many mind you. I think I purchase maybe three or four every few months for various projects. I used six or so to line the driveway in front of the barn a couple years ago. Used another six or so to hold the gravel under my mother's little cabin project. etc.
I kinda have a thing for keeping loose material contained and establishing borders for the driveways and such.
For years now used ties have always been $8.00 each if I had to resort to buying them at one of the local lumber or hardware stores. I also pick em up used here and there from private sellers for cheaper prices but that supply rarely coincides with my immediate needs. As it turned out I only had one extra tie laying around and needed four more to finish the edging for the wood chips I had been leveling out.
My plan was to pick up a few extra ties for whatever future projects I might need em for. They also work well for corner posts in a pinch too and I have that last fencing project coming up soon too.
So I hooked up the big trailer and went to town.
Rail Road ties are now $12.00 each.
That's a 50% price increase in less than a year. Actually less than 9 months and the sales guy told me they been twelve bucks for a while now.
That's just a ridiculous price increase in my opinion. Needless to say buying them at the lumber places is now not as much of an option as it used to be. I didn't mind paying a few extra bucks for them but damn. Of course I am sure private sales prices will soon rise to meet the bigger store prices as well.
I can remember when they used to be a buck a piece. Hell I can remember when people couldn't give em away.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!