Percival P. Cassidy wrote:
> Our old wooden garage door is not in good shape. Saturday we went and
had a look at the Clopay doors at the local HD and got a price including
installation. In the course of conversation I said, "Why Home Depot?
You're not the only people who sell Clopay. According to the Clopay Web
site, <company name here> sells their doors too." HD guy says, "If you
buy from us, they're the people that do our installations anyway."
> Today I went to the other store and got a significantly lower price
(including installation) for what is in all material respects the same
door but with a different model number -- and they don't use (because
they don't recommend) the EZ-Set spring system that can be adjusted with
a power drill.
> So two conclusions:
> 1. Buying from HD -- and the same quite likely applies to Lowe's as
well -- doesn't necessarily mean that you get some dumb-ass
lowest-bidder installer rather than somebody who knows what (s)he is doing.
> 2. Buying from HD -- and the same quite likely applies to Lowe's as
well -- doesn't necessarily mean that you get the best price.
I notice a great price difference between two HD's 20 miles apart in
different towns. The same goes for the availability of low priced items
which are absent in the higher priced store.
A recent experience I had is I needed to replace the circulator on my
wood boiler. Went to HD in local town, nothing under $100.00.
Went to next town to Loews, nothing under $100.00 there either. But the
HD in the same town as Loews had a model for $80.00 and another for
$65.00. It they were quality pump makers.
I think the local managers can do pretty much what they want at HD.
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