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Percival P. Cassidy wrote: > Our old wooden garage door is not in good shape. Saturday we went and had a look at the Clopay doors at the local HD and got a price including installation. In the course of conversation I said, "Why Home Depot? You're not the only people who sell Clopay. According to the Clopay Web site, <company name here> sells their doors too." HD guy says, "If you buy from us, they're the people that do our installations anyway." > > Today I went to the other store and got a significantly lower price (including installation) for what is in all material respects the same door but with a different model number -- and they don't use (because they don't recommend) the EZ-Set spring system that can be adjusted with a power drill. > > So two conclusions: > > 1. Buying from HD -- and the same quite likely applies to Lowe's as well -- doesn't necessarily mean that you get some dumb-ass lowest-bidder installer rather than somebody who knows what (s)he is doing. > > 2. Buying from HD -- and the same quite likely applies to Lowe's as well -- doesn't necessarily mean that you get the best price. > > Perce
I notice a great price difference between two HD's 20 miles apart in different towns. The same goes for the availability of low priced items which are absent in the higher priced store.
A recent experience I had is I needed to replace the circulator on my wood boiler. Went to HD in local town, nothing under $100.00. Went to next town to Loews, nothing under $100.00 there either. But the HD in the same town as Loews had a model for $80.00 and another for $65.00. It they were quality pump makers.
I think the local managers can do pretty much what they want at HD.
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I have three Home Depots each about 4 miles from my place (plus another 4 within 20 miles), while many products are the same, each store seems to stock items that the other stores do not. Which makes a lot of running around to get what you want despite the stores being so close.

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What was the warranty on the non HD place quite often the HD gives better warranty, at least that is what we do at Rona in Canada.
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