I fired up the good old box to get the scoop on this steel shingle conspiracy. A simple search "steel shingles" yields well over three dozen small manufacturers across US/Canada. Nope, no monopoly or oligopoly at the mfg tier. What about the distribution channel? Contacted an online distributor. He sells Tamko (metalworks) shingles for $135/SQ on eBay. I like the price. I order - C.O.D. He "requires!!!" full payment in advance. I reached out with my middle finger and rammed it up his ass. messy business. Contacted 2 other onliners. The price wasnt that great ($180-$220/SQ) - payment in full up-front. I have executed my share of dumb mistakes in life but this is wont be one of them - sending $10000 across 7 state lines to some buffoon operating his webshop for less than 2 yrs.
And here I am. Can any of you esteemed DIYselfers share your experience how to negotiate fair DIY price and quaranteed delivery of steel shingles?
Your help - much appreciated. mr. frugal farmer
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