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I'm with @Kudzu on the color thing. The convincing thing is the end grain. The sample shown is definitely red oak. If that dont convince you, pick up two equal sized pieces and the there is definitely a BIG difference in weight between the two. White oak is much heavier.
 

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KISS. Use my breath test with a glass of water. I discovered a $10,000 oak floor was NOT what the homeowner was told.

White Oak (Quercus alba and others in the group) have vessel elements occluded with tyloses to make the wood waterproof. Of course, one of the reasons white oak is used for wine, sherry and whiskey barrels (vanillin and tannins being among the other values).
 

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I bought about 100 bf of quarter sawn white oak several months ago, and paid $10.50 a bf. Red oak would have been no more than half that. I'd say you should get a discount.
 
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