If Homier Distributing comes into your town. Avoid them like a deadly
disease. They are mobile merchants. They will come into your town
for a day, or weekend. They set up a large tent and are more than
happy to take your money before they run out of your town.
They sell mostly tools, but also sell other household items.
Once you buy something from them, YOU OWN IT. Whether it works or
not, It's yours. Despite what their advertising says, they do not and
will not repair or replace defective merchandise. In fact, if you
call them, you will get a busy signal or a machine. If you email
them, they will not reply, in fact their email bounces back more than
I made the mistake of purchasing some of their junk tools, about a
year ago. All of the hand tools were made so cheaply that they broke
after one or a few uses. I also bought a power tool, and when I got
home, I found this tool was damaged (in the box) beyond being usable.
After nearly one year of trying to get assistance from them, I finally
contacted the Better Business Bureau. They actually DID contact me
after that. However, that was all they did, because they did not
remedy the problem, and refused further contact.
DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THEM !!!
You will NOT be satisfied, and you will be throwing your money away.
You can see all their junk on their website
*** AVOID THIS COMPANY ******* THEY ARE CROOKS *****
If they come to your town, you'll get a flashy flyer in the mail.
Once you get it, be sure to warn all of your friends to STAY AWAY.
We went by their sale a few years ago when they came through our area.
The things they were selling were cheaply made, so we didn't buy a
thing. Those people that bought that crap should have been able to tell
just by looking at the stuff that it wasn't well made.
They seem to have a mix of junk & good. The scaffolding I've bought from
them is excellent &, according to one of the rental places here, the same
quality as what they rent. On the other hand, there's some stuff there I
don't think would survive being transported home or being powered up. <g>
Wonder if they would run afoul of the Federal or California three-day
cooling-off period for consumer sales not made at a merchant's
permanent place of business?
Of course, they will be out of town by then, and they would be immune
to attempts to sue them because the game would not be worth the
Is the tent on the dealer's premises?
(The rule is normally applied to door-to-door and in-home sales, but
it sometimes flexes to cover merchants doing business away from their
regular location. Auto dealers have their own special rules.)
They were in our area a month or two back. We didn't see a flyer, but I
happened to see their sign at the entrance to the place where they had
set up their tent.
I walked around but was not impressed with what I saw and left without
buying a thing.
On 08/24/04 05:47 pm snipped-for-privacy@PRIVATE.com put fingers to keyboard and
launched the following message into cyberspace:
I saw the ad and went to the sale.
I also saw a lot of junk, but I did buy some stuff. I got a heavy duty set
of jumper cables for my son, a hitch hauler for an employee and a 12 volt
booster pack with a air pump.
You really have to shop these places, not take everything for granted that
it's going to be perfect.
put fingers to keyboard and
One of the things I bought was a small sledge hammer. I think it was
5 lbs. The wooden handle broke the first time I used it. I also
bought a "change a bit" screwdriver. Not only were the tips so weak
the metal tip bent and twisted, (soft steel), but the plastic handle
split in two when I applied a little torque. OK, both of these items
were low cost items, and I probably would not have gotten too upset
over these. What did really upset me is the power tool that I bought,
one of those hole saws. I got it home, opened the box, and the whole
front plastic housing was literally shattered into at least a dozen
pieces of plastic. I spent hours sending emails and trying to call.
Most of the emails I sent were returned as "undeliverable", a few did
get thru, and were never answered. I did finally contact the BBB, and
after that, someone from Homier did contact me. They had me answer a
bunch of questions, and never did anything else. I now own a
completely useless power tool.
One other thing, I borrowed a hole saw from a friend, and used the bit
that came with the defective Homier tool. The bit cut for less than
one minute, and broke. Even the cheapest bits I have bought elsewhere
lasted a few hours of cutting.
In the end, I did not end up in the poor house because of this, but
the fact that Homier can not, and will not stand behind the stuff they
sell, is enough to make me never buy from them again, and to warn
others. If they cant replace a piece of plastic, that probably costs
them less than one dollar, then they don't give a damn about their
customers at all, and I quickly learned how poorly made their stuff
is. The power tool is a Homier brand, so parts are not available
One final thing, if you look on the Better Business Bureau website,
Homier has numerous recalls on electrical devices, because the cords
are undersized and not approved, and are considered fire hazzards.
Another poster said they purchased some scaffolding, and were
satisfied. I tend to wonder if this is NOT a Homier brand name, and
just something they are selling for someone else, because from my
experience, anything that has their own name brand on it, is total
I highly suggest NOT buying from them.
On Wed, 25 Aug 2004 07:23:32 -0400, "HeatMan"
I don't know if Homier does this because I've never been to one of their
sales but I remember going to one of those fly-by-night deals several years
ago and they had someone stationed at the exit looking for people who were
leaving without buying anything and tried to talk them into buying
something. (cue Jaws theme)
On Wed, 25 Aug 2004 11:23:40 -0400, Minnie Bannister
I saw no sign of this either. If anything, they were short handed on
help at the sale I went to, because I tried to ask a few questions and
got little help, and had to talk over the people checking out.
i went to one of their sales.. and found out that there stuff was just
junk from looking at it.... even comparing it to harbor freight you
could tell that it was not as good as their junk tools.. but at least in
my area harbor freight has a retail store and i have brought things back
to them and no problem....
This is Turtle.
All you say maybe true as can be but I do go to their sells for small cheap
items that they sell cheap and very seldom have trouble with them. here is the
items : Electric tap 4 rolls for a $1.00 , Hack saw blades 10 for a $1.00, 25
ft. measuring tapes $.99 , Cheap truck Dollie $14.99 , 4.5 inch grinder wheels
$.99 each, 10 pound sledge hammer 3 ft. handle $3.95, and 4.5 inch hand angle
electric grinder $5.95 . I don't use the gringers much but at $5.95 each who
cares if you burn one up every 6 months or a year. I bought 5 of them 2 years
ago and I still got 3 I have not opened to use and use them about 5 to 10 times
a year. I don't expect much from junk and that is what they are but they fill a
need that away.
The other stuff is junk but if you want good stuff buy a name brand locally.
Amen to what TURTLE said- use your eyes and your common sense. If a tool
looks and feels like junk, it probably is junk. For some applications, that
doesn't matter. For stuff that can kill you, it does matter. For example, I
would never buy jack stands at a traveling tool sale, but I might buy the
cheap floor jack there. I would need the floor jack maybe 3 times a year, so
as long as the seals didn't go, it would last forever. And if it fails, no
big deal- the car drops back down. Now if the jack stands fail while I am
under there, that is (to me, at least) a very big deal.
I bought a Black & Decker / Dewalt (pro series) angle grinder about 15
years ago from a B&D service center. It was a reconditioned tool. I
use the thing almost daily for cutting metal, grinding stuff, I
sharpen mower blades, I cut cast iron sewer pipe, and when I am
building with wood, I almost always grind off the nails from used wood
rather than pull them. I have even ground off wood on occasions. and
cut concrete. Next to my circular saw, this angle drinder is my most
used power tool. I paid somewheres around $25 back then. This
grinder has never failed yet.
So you bought 5 grinders two years ago, and still got three. Lets
see, at 5.95 each, thats about $30. If you used two grinders in two
years, you should be good for a total of about 5 to 6 years. Broken
down, that means you are spending about $5 a year, and you said you
dont use them real often.
My $25 grinder has lasted 15 years OF HARD USE, and is still going
strong. That amounts to around $1.60 per year.
Everyone knows Black and Decker is not top of the line, but I surely
have no complaints about this grinder.
You get what you pay for, and while I cant afford top of the line
tools, I surely want something that is not going to burn up the first
time I use it. I can guarantee that your Homier grinder would never
hold up to the hard usage I give mine, and in the end, you will be
paying more per year, not to mention the frustration when they burn up
in the middle of a job.
And while you get grinder wheels from Homier for 99 cents, I pay $1.19
at the local farm supply store, and they are quality wheels. In fact
they last twice as long as the Makita ones, which means they probably
last 4 times as long as what you got at Homier.
I can get electrical tape 4 rolls for a buck at the same local store,
and most likely better quality.
Good luck with that sledge hammer. That is one of the tools I bought
from them, and it lasted less than an hour before the PINE handle
busted in half. I was only trying to break the cement around a wooden
post, which I had dug the dirt away from.
If you want to buy cheap tools, please do so. I too like bargains,
although I have learned that much of the time it's not a real bargain.
My big gripe, and the reason I posted this in the first place is the
fact that Homier refuses to stand behind their products. The fact
that they completely and blatently refused to assist me, even after I
contacted the BBB, and they asked me a bunch of questions, yet still
refused to do anything, tells me that they are crooks. I want to be
sure that everyone knows this. If they want to sell cheap junk, so be
it. If people want to buy that junk, fine, let them buy it. But a
company that refuses to stand behind a less than $20 power tool, that
was sold to me in the box, damaged beyond use, apparently does not
give a damn about their customers. That is the kind of company that
people need to avoid, and sooner or later, they will be gone.
Go to the BBB website. Look at all the recalls they got, along with
Use Caution with that sledge hammer, and be sure to wear steel toed
boots, a hard hat, face protection, and safety glasses. Ya never know
when the handle will break !!!! :)
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