I just found out yesterday about a HD for contractors. I called the
nearest one and the guy said it's the only one in CA. The good news for
me is it's about 20 minutes away. The next one is in Phoenix.
So how cool are these stores? I heard they have different tools and
lots of lumber. The guy on the phone also rattled off a bunch of stuff
that they DON'T carry.
don't know about a store but all the HDs in New York have a Pro Desk.
When yiou sign up they give you a CD-ROM which you load. It goes to the
internet and downloads inventory and current prices. You supposedly then
fax the order in they pick the materialks out for you and yougo pick
them up. I just don't use it because it would mostly be sheet goods and
and for the stuff I would get at HD, birch plywood, I can get saem price
or cheaper and delivered. Why bother?
nah, this is a different store altogether. They don't carry garden
stuff and sinks and tons of other stuff. they deal in large quantity
packs. You don't need to have a license to buy from the "pro" store,
Their employees are just as lame as the retail stores. The contractor store
carries most of the same stuff but they are geared for production type
contracting and they are always out of what you need just like the retail
store. They carry things in 20' lengths instead of 10' (like rebar) so
trailers or truck racks are expected.
No difference in pricing but the Pro sign seems to scare off the regular
shopper so the crowd is smaller. Their hours are also different.
The pro store here in Phoenix is within a couple miles of the 24 hour HD
(not a part of town I'd be in at 2 a.m.!) so if you can't find it at one you
probably can't find it at the other either!!!!
Gary (the only reason I shop HD is because my wife's company is a sub of HD
and she's got ton's of stock)
thank for the info. I asked about the hours; 5:30 AM to 6 PM. Glad I
asked or I might have gone tonight! An employee at my local HD told me
they have tools there not available at the regular stores. True?
That might be true, don't know for sure. I don't think the pro store
carries the low end B&D stuff that is so orange as to match the outside of
the store front!
The HD closest to me carries a ton of contractor stuff because Lowes just
opened on the other corner (so if HD doesn't have it Lowes might and it's
less than five minutes away). The pro store is 30 minutes away so I usually
don't travel there.
I wasn't impressed with the pro store. I needed one stinking window and
that was the one they were out of (not a common window for the retail store
and the window supplier I usually use was 6 weeks out for delivery). For
two weeks HD PRo kept telling me it would be in "today". Finally got the
window at a Lowes.
There's a phrase saying that 'those that can't, teach' which I always
thought wrong. Now it should be 'those who can't, work at Home Depot'.
You should see what HD is doing to the previously successful flooring
company my wife works for since they bought it out............
I feel your pain regarding out-of-stock issues. I live next to the
smallest, most poorly stocked HD in the Bay Area. (This is based on not
only my observations but upon repeated comments made by many of their
own employees.) Since the store is about 4 blocks from my house and the
next one is 3-4 miles further (or is it "farther"??), I take my chances
and go to the close, small store. My mindset is like that of a gambler
who comes back to the slot machine that took his money the night before,
figuring "this time I'm gonna get lucky!" What's really annoying is
when they are out of stock of common stuff like paint thinner and paint
roller pan inserts, and two weeks later they STILL haven't gotten any
in. Some days I feel my luck is running low, and go directly to next store.
my rant off.
It would certainly help us if you did pay them for us :):):)
But for a touch of reality,
shows Wisconson taxes to be a bit higher than California's.
Yeah, Arnold is trying to come up with a budget miracle for us as we
speak. He just rescinded the car-license fee-increase. I just paid
mine at the higher rate, so word is I'll get a refund sometime "early
I think anyone who visits our beautiful state should pay an entrance
fee, like at a national park! :)
What? It's not enough that you have border guards to inspect my fruit?
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Interesting site, especially as a former WI taxpayer.
However as I compare my current state to WI - I see that WI had(has):
- better roads
- a plethora of local libraries
- better schools
- cheaper tuition for better higher education
Still, no mood to move back.
I'm in Michigan. We did our Prop. 13 equivalent too, then they shifted the
school tax from property, where it was controlled, to sales. Oh well, at
least we don't pay what my mom in CA has to pay.
Oh yes, percentages are great, now shall we talk actual bucks? How about
"hidden" taxes like unemployment and workers' comp? Then there's auto
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