That's very good advice. Some supply houses will simply refuse to
sell to non licensed contractors and send obvious homeowners/DIY'ers
packing. Others will sell to anyone. The bigger the city the better
Go there when the counter isn't busy. (avoid early morning and around
lunch). If the counter is full of techs. the supply house is less
likely to sell to a homeowner. It's not like they want to refuse
business, they just don't want to piss of their loyal customers.
You'll be seen as a threat to them.
Look like a tech. Don't go there driving your BMW with little Johnny
on your shoulders wearing a golf shirt. Wear a blue work shirt and
place a small dial thermometer in the shirt pocket for all to see. A
small maglight in a holster is also a good disguise. Dirty work hands
with a few scars is also a good sign. (maybe play with a cat before
you go there)
Don't ask for any advice!! Go to their website in advance and get
their part number and ask for the part by that number. Don't ask
about the return policy or 30 day satisfaction guarantee. This isn't
Wal Mart - assume you buy it/you own it.
Try and set up a will call pickup. However they'll likely ask you for
an account #. Try saying "cash/will call" when you call.
If they get real anal and want you to be a licensed contractor then
say you're a property maintainance manager. Say you company is
"_______ Properties"/Cash Will Call.
The best way to deal with a supply house is to fax them an EPA 608
card and/or contractors license and set up a COD account. Once you
have an account number your golden.
Your advice is good too, Bud.
If your hands are dirty, I think the cat scratches are not necessary,
I have never been turned away at a counter. The problem I've had at
the counter is the issue of price. If I just show up at the counter
with the part I will almost always be offered the "list price". To
avoid that problem I call first to "check stock" on the part,
identifying myself as (my first name) from (my last name) appliance
repairs, and then ask for the "net" price. When I'm asked "Do you have
an account?" I say "No, it's cash." Getting the parts person's name is
critical here, as when I show up at the counter I'm invariably asked
"Who quoted you THAT price?!" So, I better have the name, and the
quoted price of course. Most times I say "Joe (the phone parts guy)
quoted me $56.29 on the phone, while the counter parts guy is looking
up the part. If I'm given the gears here I say "I've already qouted MY
customer a price based on your quote to me." That almost always works
to get the quoted price.
So your saying that lying, cheating and deception is ok......
You must be a liberal democrap.
I feel for your kids and the lessons your teaching them by your examples.
Go ahead and tell me I'm wrong......
Yeah, you sure are good at that little trick, BlackHawk. Most all of
those counter guys are stupid. They never deal with the likes of your
kind. They would never figure that out. They only deal with customers
like you on the phone and in person 8 hrs a day, 5 or 6 days a week.
Thanks for your input, Bubba.
I never meant to insinuate that parts guys are stupid, 'cause they
aren't. It's just that getting the very best price for most ANYTHING
is like a game of chess. Hell, all they have to do is ask me for my
business card, or only sell to buyers who have business accounts, and
the game's up. Fedex wouldn't play with me at all when I tried to get
them to pick up a package at my home. They said "Your business address
has to be listed in the yellow pages, for us to pickup there.".
Wholesalers of any sort could have similar restrictions, but THEY
DON'T (even the ones that sell thermostats). So, what am I supposed
to deduce from that?
Here's another one for you. The next time you get stopped at a
roadcheck, and you've had a few, hyperventilate with FULL deep
breathing, and you will clear the air in your lungs of most alcohol.
Try not to be too obvious. For the blow, take a REALLY deep breath,
and don't exhale the last little bit, which is the part that has the
most alcohol in it, and which is the part that the cops will encourage
you to give them.. Be polite so the cops don't think to take a blood
sample. If the cops ask you why you are breathing so hard, tell them
you have asthma. If they ask you if you are on medication, tell them
"No, it just comes when I get excited.". There is even more to this
story, but you will have to ask to hear it.
Again, you've shown an example that is bogus.
Cops do this 8, 10, 12 hrs a day, everyday. They've seen shit you cant
even think of and you think breathing hard before a breathalyzer is
going to change anything?????
You're entitled to your own dreams though.
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