careful. We all know economics 101: supply + demand = GREED. Honestly, this has not been one of the hardest winters. It has been awhile since we have seen this kind of winter. The salt companies are looking at how green their bottom line could look. Having worked in personal injury, if there is a slip/fall case or accident because of the salt shortage, there could be a lawsuit and the major salt companies could be included. I guess this is something they are willing to risk. Hope they have a good umbrella policy. All contractors should keep good records on your attempts at locating salt. It may come in handy some day. Something to think about.