4 bucks a bag is about the norm here unless you pre buy (I did at TSC like I do every fall), then the price drops just a tad but they want you to take all of the pre order at one shot which, for me isn't an issue, I can haul legally. 14 ton (28,000 pounds of pellets) in one shot on my Goose Neck. Way back when, they wanted the skids returned but that ended about 5 years ago. I do know that good, well made hardwood skids are about 12 bucks each around here. Pellet skids aren't all that good.