Although the monument industry is still fairly open and competitive, there is little opportunity to offer real “bargains.” It is likely that companies claiming big price discounts might have had ‘regular’ prices not very competitive to begin with. It is the final price that counts; not the discount. Also, it can be a good idea to ask if there is any granite or memorial in stock on which the monument company might be willing to offer an incentive to sell. Sometimes a hard-to-sell or one-of-a-kind specimen might be exactly what you are looking for! Or you might be able to provide your own granite “stone” if it provides a natural surface suitable for engraving, but you should be aware that most ‘stones’ are not suitable for monuments due to composition or minute fault lines. The folks at Lons will be happy to offer you the benefit of their experience at no charge. Occasionally,we are able to obtain some quality natural specimens for stock.