The answer lies in the first sentence --- I know I am not the only
person who avoids HD because they have that hideous orange paint
slathered on everything. As soon as I set foot in a HD I become more
tense and uncomfortable which is not conducive to HD making sales.
The level of discomfort is such that I don't even consider HD as an
option for most purchases. When I do actual darken their doorstep I
don't know my way around their store and spend much of my time playing
the "If is were a drone for the BORG where would I hide _____ so it
wouldn't sell and I won't have to re-stock the shelf?" game.
I would really hate to have something BORG orange in the shop since
shop time is a retreat from the day job. I wonder if that's why I
would rather see Bessey clamps than Jorgensen clamps?
I'm sure a lot of it comes down to personal preference in colors, but I'm
not an orange fan either. At least not THAT much orange.
The problem in my area is a lack of other stores. We do have a couple of
independents but they don't always have what I need or are not open after
3:00 on Saturday. HD is saturated. To reach a Lowes, I have to pass at
least two HD's in any direction and travel a minimum of 35 miles. They also
manage to put a lot of decent smaller chains out of business.
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