I've been to pellets direct. He has many tons of spruce pointes on hand. Talked to the wife. She explained that they stock up in march (or at least buy a lot of pellets) in march as companies clear out inventory for tax purposes. I would guess the pre early buys are cleaning up space in current inventory to take more in. The early bird deals are also delivered either at time of purchase or they can delay a few months if you don't want them from April until pellet season. Pay today get pellets in a few days if desired from pellets direct.