I have bought herbs from many companies including Lost Empire. Since herbs can be expensive, especially if you are taking several; I sought a lower price. In the end, I always come back to Lost Empire because of the quality I have gotten from other companies just isn’t there. Especially in the case of the Pine Pollen, yours just seems more potent and the price difference wasn’t that much. I’m done trying to find a “same quality” product for a lower price. I have wasted a lot of money in that pursuit.