We've got a Craftsman sander that has spring clamps that are shot. I
found the replacement parts on the Sears website ($2 with $6
"handling"). The website says that none of their stores within 50
miles have them in stock.
Seems silly to pay 3x more for "postage" than the parts cost. Any
suggestions on where to find the stupid little chunks of metal other
than a Sears part store?
$6 will buy you two gallons of gas, or maybe 40 miles driving. Seems
sill,but Sears ins not going to make any money at that price and it will
cost you more no matter where you go outside of a walk to a local store.
Would you buy them if it said they were $8 with free shipping?
You don't really believe that Sears doesn't have to pay somebody to pick the
order and package it and ship it do you?
Oh, are UPS and USPS now offering free shipping from the warehouse to your
OK, it is time to wake up and face reality.
Probably there is no replacement other than the Sears unless you can
fabricate something yourself--and you would soon undoubtedly have the
equivalent of $8 invested.
I thought you could order stuff for pickup at the local Sears and save
the postage or at least a sizable fraction since it could be shipped as
part of general stock--perhaps they've stopped that w/ higher fuel
I don't think that was ever the case with parts, only retail merchandise
items. Although when they had parts stores, the shipping was not charged
because like you said it came into the parts store on the regular truck.
More specifically, I figured that most Craftsman stuff is some other
maker rebranded and someone might suggest another store that might
carry parts for the equivalent and have them on hand. But as another
responder suggested, that was probably almost as unrealistic :)
If $8 is too much to pay for the clamps- then try to spread the
shipping out over several parts. Got a Craftsman mower that needs a
filter or plug? Need special sized paper for that sander? Chances
are you can get a few things before that $6 handling goes up.
Installer dropped a Kitchenaid double oven he was putting in. Bent a small
piece of trim and broke/bent 3-4 screws. Kitchenaid had the screws and trim
in stock, but wanted 2 dollars a screw because it was the minimum charge.
Installer ran all over town looking for the screw (no, they weren't
'normal,' they had a large head and were virtually unnoticeable when
installed as opposed to the ones he found and painted). We finally had to
order the screws from KA. The installer probably blew $25 worth of gas
driving all over....
You may be able to get a new Chinese junk sander for around $8 in places
like Harbor Freight. In recent years I've found some of those Chinese power
junk tools are equal or better than some of the Craftsman crap.
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