$19.02 for a toggle switch!

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Greetings,
I just paid $19.02 for an over/under 20A toggle switch. Where, if anywhere, can I go to find such items at a significant discount?
Thanks, William
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over/under toggle switch? Do you mean a stacked switch? two switches on that fit into a single device location? Specialty devices have always been expensive. try google.
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Greetings,
Yes, I mean a stacked switch.
http://www.universityofsavanna.com/flat/alt.home.repair/0508 17%20%20Over%20Under%2020A%20Toggle%20Switch/overUnder20AmpT oggle.jpg
or
http://tinyurl.com/7qznw
The writing on the top of the box is hard to read: " COMBINATION DEVICE TWO SINGLE POLE SWITCHES SIDE WIRED 20A-120/277V AC "
Froogle.com-ing for the part number and Leviton yields one result http://www.levitonproducts.com/catalog/model_5334.htm?ovchn=FRO&ovcpn=Froogle&ovcrn=Froogle&ovtac=PI for 18.40+tax+s&h
I am just tired of spending $100's on this type of item $20 at a time when I know they can't cost much more than $1 to produce. I would even rather purchase 100 of them at $3 each and use them elsewhere than buy two at $20.
William
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snipped-for-privacy@wdeans.com wrote:

If you are talking about stacked switches used for normal 15 or 20 amp circuits, they shouldn't be much more than a normal switch. I bought several way back when at not much over single switch price IIRC, definitly not outrageous.
Harry K
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Harry K wrote:

Greetings Harry,
Could you give me a number or URL where I can buy a stacked 20A toggle switch "not much over single switch price"?
Thanks a lot, William
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snipped-for-privacy@wdeans.com wrote:

Sorry. That was years ago. I was in the local hardware store today but didn't think to check prices on them.
Harry K
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Radio Shack :)-
There are literally thousands of toggle switches. There probably is a cheaper one but with a lack of specs I couldn't even guess what you want. Ty www.digikey.com and www.mouser.com both electronics components distributors have decent websited for searching.
Over/Under is not a technical term used to describe any switch I have ever seen. Do you mean dual switch handles or DPDT contacts

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While it is only a 15 amp rated dual switch, Lowes list one that is a "custom look" for $ 11.88. I wold think they would have a plain one for less.

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snipped-for-privacy@wdeans.com wrote:

http://www.dale-electric.com/detail.cfm?ItemNumberS34
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Greetings,
The site currently appears to be having trouble but I will check them out again later (hopefully) once they are working.
William
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out again later (hopefully) once they are working.<<<
Knock off everything past .com and it works. RM~
www.dale-electric.com/
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Greetings,
I spoke to the tech guy at www.dale-electric.com/ and apparently they are in some sort of effort to redo certain portions of the site. (It is up now). THANKS A LOT for letting me know about them. Their prices are very good and I will surely order from them many times -- unless someone can point me to a site cheaper.
Thanks, William
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snipped-for-privacy@wdeans.com wrote:

Was in the local hardware store today. They had 2. $10 and $12 something. For the life of me I don't see why they should be so high when a regular one is in the $1.00 to $2.00 range. Maybe my memory isn't as good as it once was.
Harry K
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They sell a gazzillion 15A switches - how many 20A do you think people need? Supply and demand.
Mike
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You do point out that this is rated for 20A Do you really NEED 20A rating ?
Most "home" devices are only 15A rated, so this must be a heavy duty/industrial/vapor proof/hospital grade switch, and is nothing like the crap in most houses as far as quality
As such it's not that outrageous to pay that much.
Even a crappy builder grade 15A stacked switch will be $5.00 or more
post the actual manufacturer's name and the part number so we can tell if you got a deal or not.
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Amun wrote:

Yes, I need a 20A rating. The switch is for a duplex receptacle.

I am happy to purchase a builder/residential grade 20A switch.

The cost of manufacturing is probably very low in comparison to the final price. Either I am being price gouged or there is a tremendous amount of inefficiency somewhere along the way.

I did. The link to that information is:
http://tinyurl.com/7qznw
The fuzzy text is typed in elsewhere in my second post.
Hope this helps, William
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There is inefficiency along the way. It's basic economics. As another poster seemed to indicate, the less units produced the higher their cost. Not only for the mfgr but further on in the supply chain until it gets to you. Sure there is a markup on everything, and in this case the one 20A switch that sat for six months displaced the 20 other 15A switches that would have moved if the space were available. And the market will obviously bear what you paid.
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That's the same logic that's having us pay $3 for a gallon of gas, while oil companies rack up unprecedented and obscenely huge profits.
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Tom S wrote:

If you will provide a 20% increase in US refining capacity tomorrow you'll see the markets drop overnight as well.
Oh, you say they won't let you build there? Welcome to the problem...
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Lack of refining capacity might make the price of gasoline go up, but it would make the price of crude oil go down (lower the demand for crude oil, and the oil-producers won't be able to demand such high prices anymore). Since the price of oil has been going up as well, the only logical conclusion is that not enough crude oil is being produced.
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