Ever hear of the new 2 fangled inventions called a CELLPHONE and the
INTERNET....Idiots....All it takes is a couple of minutes to do your
homework before you buy...Sometimes I wonder how some make it through the
day by themselves...Tirewarehouse even supplies a phone with numbers to
local competitors so you can check in a minute if it's the best
price...Money might not be important to some but to some of us every buck
counts , especially now....Maybe that's why stores like Walmart and Micky Ds
are the only ones not crying for a bailout and MAKING MONEY....
In an earlier post you said:
"The Homedepots around here will MATCH any local competitior...I've
done it a couple of times... "
A couple of times..impressive.
And how many times have you tried to price match only find that the HD
model was not the exact same model as the local stores model - thus,
no price match?
How often have you seen a single digit difference or an extra letter
in a model number - even from a major manufacturer - making it a
"different" item. InSinkErator comes to mind - Lowes vs. HD vs. the
local hardware stores all carry different model numbers, even in the
same HP ranges. I wonder how that happens.
Tires are easy - in many cases you'll find the same Goodyear/Firestone/
Michelin model at different tires stores. Try that with many of the
things we buy from HD. Other than your "couple of times" price
matching between stores is a pretty much a farce these days.
Agree on all of the above. Like my friend says they have you doing the
"big box dance".
But you do have to watch out for those rotten mom & pop tire places...
There are a couple of them in this area. One is right down the road so
it is really convenient. You will spend more if you buy from an online
store and have them mounted someplace (I checked).
And to prove how rotten they are their service stinks too. I went out
one morning and had a flat. It was really cold so I pumped it up and it
looked like it would allow me to drive over to the tire place so I did.
I pulled in and he told me he was backed up and it would take 15 minutes
to get me in. They removed the tire from the wheel and patched it
properly from the inside and balanced and mounted it. He said "you are
ready to go". I asked how much and he simply said "we sold you those
tires so it is no charge". This was even though I had not purchased any
additional insurance or coverage.
re "You will spend more if you buy from an online store and have them
mounted someplace (I checked). "
I've checked too. It all depends on when and where. In some cases I've
purchased tires from on-line stores and ended up with "4 for the price
of 3" compared to the local tire stores, even after mounting and
balancing. Was it a bit more inconvenient to have to load the tires
into my van once they were delivered? Sure, but for over a $100 in
savings, I didn't mind.
In other cases the local stores were having sales, so I bought cheaper
It also depends on where you have them mounted. Take them to a
national chain where selling tires is their business, and they may
charge you more than the "mom and pop" used tire/used car parts scrap
yard where I go. Mounting and balancing is mounting and balancing. I
don't need a fancy showroom with a flat screen TV and gourmet coffee
machine - where I'm paying extra for those creature comforts. I'd
rather put my boots on and walk through a muddy junk yard if it saves
me a third or more in the cost of the service. (Although I gotta
admit, the 35 cent coffee from the beat up vending machine was
One year I saved enough by buying a set of high-end snow tires on-line
to purchase a set of used wheels from that same yard so I could leave
my snows on the rims and change them myself. None of the "chain
stores" could come close to the price I paid for the tires on-line or
the rims and mounting from the local shop.
Ya gotta shop around - that's half the fun!
It is a family owned plumbing supply house that has been around for
probably 100 years which originally started as a mining equipment
supplier and they do high volume. The other reason I like them is that
they have a wide stock not just a small range like big box. I bought the
hepex and fittings there when I did the underfloor radiant heat in the
house. They also provide excellent warranty support. I had a hot water
package boiler fail under warranty that was in a property I own. I
called one of the brothers end of day and he said they could bring over
a replacement first stop the next morning and he simply requested that I
have the old one disconnected to save two trips. Ask yourself what big
box gives that sort of service.
Along the same lines I put a deck on the house. I made a bill of
materials and gave it to the local lumber yard and had it delivered
sight unseen. Same neighbor who believes the big box marketing came over
to examine the lumber and remarked "you must have been at "the depot"
all day picking this out". I explained that I simply ordered it and
didn't have to pick out anything. I know the son who does the buying and
he said you can specify any quality you want when ordering lumber. They
order better stuff. I also showed the receipt to him so he could see how
much less I paid than "the depot".
I think the only time in recent memory that the "real" store didn't
come through for me but HD did was the other day when I needed to make
my own knockout hole in an old shop light... and I realized that my
Unibit was in my desk drawer at work. None of the mom 'n' pops
stocked Unibits, but the HD did (not a Unibit(R) but the Greenlee
version thereof.) I paid through the nose for it though.
It was still worth the $36 not to have to stick my head in the office
that day though :) It was a work day, but I was on "vacation" - yes,
I was hanging lights in my laundry room while on my vacation...
The downside to the mom 'n' pops is very limited hours. Need to pick
up something on the way home from work? Saturday afternoon? Sunday?
Off to That Orange Colored Store...
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