A friend of mine was a mystery shopper, and often did shops at
Starbucks. The company she worked for sent her one of the little
thermometers, with the 2 or 3 mm probe, and the plastic probe cover.
She would buy coffee and a baked good and leave, go just out of sight
and measure the temp of the coffee. I think they didnt' tell her what
the temp should be, for fear that would bias her answer. I think it
couldn't be too cold or too hot. When I was there, I would eat the
baked good. (She's 50 and still weighs what she did in the 7th grade.)
When she stoppped working for them, I think they wanted the thermometer
back, or maybe it was just the stopwatch they gave her for another
A lot of her clients went out of business within a year after she was
hired. Mystery shopping was their last ditch effort to find out what
they were doing wrong. But Starbucks is still going strong.
On Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 10:58:29 AM UTC-4, Tony Hwang wrote:
It depends on what you're buying at HF and what your usage
is. I recently bought a 3/4" breaker bar, for example.
From what I can see, it appears close enough to Craftsman
or SnapOn so for what I'm using it for, it's a good deal.
Usage is to loosen up wheel hub nuts on a car, something I
might do once a decade. I also bought a set of impact
sockets, and a set of extensions and they work perfectly fine.
On the other hand, if I needed an electric saw to use in
trades, I don't think I'd buy it at HF. And for something
like a multimeter, I agree buying a Fluke is the way to go.
My current one is 30 years old. I bought a cheap one at
HF to leave on my boat. It worked OK at first, within a
year, it was reading 30% off. I also needed some snap ring
pliers, bought a set at HF. The tips, instead of being
hardened steel, were so soft that they just bent. But I
took them back and they gave me a full refund.
So, I'd say it depends on what you're buying, your usage,
and using some judgement.
Similar outfit is Princess auto. If I need
some thing for one time use or don't care if
it breaks after couple use, I go to Princess
Auto. My idea of buying any thing is best I could afford.
Or I save up to get what I want, LOL!
Go out immediately and buy a Fluke digital temperature meter. Measuring at
the vents is only good for balancing home stuff. The real measurement is at
the system; as others have noted to see if the system is working properly.
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