Being a nurseryman and having worked with friends who are in the tree biz for a long time I was chagrined to see Fraser fir trees for sale on a local Geneva IL lot at about 7' for $75.
That is way over the top.
So, I trotted over to Lowes and bought one for $28. Same tree, same town.
I don't LOVE supporting big box stores but triple the price, come on. I sell 7' balled and burlapped trees all day long for $75. To harvest that tree they have on the lot in Geneva was a sawdown. Automated. Then they baled and loaded about 500 on a truck and hauled them to the lot. If they have $15 in them I'll be surprised.
I know I live in one of the richest counties in America, I know the average salary in our county is over a hundred grand per household and the average new house sold approaches a million dollars each but this is silly. Just because you think you can you shouldn't rip the world a new one.
What's worse, people were lined up buying trees. Bringing their SUV's in to have one go for a ride on top.
I think I just earned my fuddy duddy award today. Bah Humbug.