Reading all these comments from you all has really given me some insight into how other carriers and dispatchers do business. So let me fill you in on how my experience has always been. The carrier I work for now (AA Express), and my previous carrier (KASCO Services) both handle loads the same way. I am rarely part of the negotiation process. In fact, I don't even get an RC sometimes until I'm already 10 miles down the road heading to the pickup. That only happens about 20% of the time, but it's frustrating as hell when the load turns out to be crap. I feel like I don't have an option at that point. Usually she just sends me a RC without even telling me what she's bidding on. I've declined a few of those when I see they aren't worth my time. It's like she only bids the load as if I'm already sitting on the parking lot of the shipper. I understand that she's competing against other companies that could have drivers much closer than me, but come on, use your brain. Yesterday I was sitting in Lincoln NE and she sends me a load picking up in St Joseph MO (145 miles away) and heading to Austin MN (350 miles). She bid 300! Thanks, but no thanks. I ended up getting a lower paying load, but with almost no DH, that had more profit for me.