This is a great deal. The seed at the big box stores comes in all that "water smart"coating. If you read the label, that stuff is 50% of the weight of the bag. This seed is not in a coating, and is just straight seed. I had alot of bare spots this year, and i was able to blanket a 5000 sqft yard in seed this year from all the extra seed that comes in the bag instead of "coating". I've had great germination rates, and the grass is coming in long and thick. I just mowed it for the first time, and i surprised myself with how quickly my yard has turned around. This is a great buy, and you can't beat it.