Like any of these big retailers, they change merchandise as needed. My
commercial rep there tells me when some of these things are coming up
and helps me get what I need at a better price than normal.
According to him, the reason they discount, closeout, or drop prices is
from a few different reasons. The product may indeed be a slow seller;
if they don't sell A LOT of the items on the shelf, it is gone. They
may change vendors, or manufacturers specs due to customer complaints
or quality control issues, and they want the old stuff off the shelf.
They may a have an "improved" model coming out with a different
appearance which gives them something new to sell.
It has little to do with the product, everything to do with marketing.
As discussed here at great length, their tools range from servicable to
really good. As long as they stay by their warranty, I don't care how
they buy them or what they do to market.
I do miss the old days, though. When the fistfight for shelf space at
HD was between Bosch, Stanley, DeWalt and Porter Cable, they had some
really swinging deals from time to time. I bought sanders, nailers,
nails, etc. at as much as 40% off when they would make a big vendor
I would suspect that one day we will walk into HD and they will sell 90
percent Husky (HD brand) and Ridgid. The other tools will be those
seen on TV from time to time, and those they can't wrangle a deal with
to make them under the HD name.
As I come to think of it, I think we are almost at the 90% mark. HD
owns Husky outright, they bought the Ridgid handtools name (excepting
wrenches and pipe cutters/threaders), and they own Ingersoll Rand, and
a few others I don't remember off hand.