I think it's more a feeling of general wariness as people see HD
driving out the little mom & pop stores. Personally, I use HD, since
the hours are convenient. One thing I have noticed recently when
buying lumber: the quality SUCKS! Next time you're in HD, try to pick
through the pile of 2x4 studs and find 10 straight, clean,
The quality of the products at Home Depot is (generally speaking) lower
then just about any other similiar type of store. It's not just the
lumber either. It's like Lowes is a grade up on just about everything.
While Home Depot is good for some things, you have to pick and choose.
For the most part HD only stocks "lower quality/priced" items in their
While they can "special order" better stuff, the extras costs of bringing
in non-stock items often is higher than anywhere else.
As well as most of their staff get pissed off that you even want them to
e.g. while they have pre-made doors (kits) in stock, in 28", 30", try to get
one in a different sze, and the price can be double even if you want a
smaller door. (26")
I find the same stuff at both stores. Nothing special really between
either one. Where I live there are a number of home depot stores. Not
all of them are alike. Some actually carry more stuff of the same item
catagory giving a better selection.
As for the wood? You need to take wood right from a newly opened
pallet. Shit that others have picked through isnt going to do. If you
need that much lumber go to a real place and get it. If you order
enough, they will still throw in delivery for nothing. (who are we
kidding its already factored into the price)
Since HD & Lowes opened up in the south Dayton, OH area:
Sutherlands, 84 Lumber and Furrows Lumber ALL closed. I liked
shopping at all 3.
12 years ago they all delivered for free. Those days are long gone.
The quality of 2x4s at HD AND Lowes SUCKS. You have to go
through 100s to cherry pick the straight ones.
Neither will cut pressure treated lumber either.
Both chains, but Lowes in particular, choose sites so as to best stifle
Lowes likes to site across the street from the 84-lumber chain.
I worked for LLOYD LUMBER for awhile, and am very glad those nitwits
didn't make the jump from lumber-yard to home-improvement-center. Had
they stayed a contractors lumber yard, though, they may have stayed in
Lowesers and Home Despot, naw, those are terms of endearment!
Wouldn't want to do without the convenient access or selection, but I
go to a smaller outfit whenever feasible. I would hate to have big
chains be the only choice. That happened with Mal-Wart, and I don't
think the world's a better place because of it.
Where I live, Lowes built a store directly across the street from HD
about 3 yrs after the HD was built, now 7 yrs later, the HD parking lot
is ALWAYS full, while at Lowes you can ALWAYS park just a few spaces
from the front door.
I don't know how that Lowes could possibly be making a profit.
Shopping tests have show that both HD and Lowes are within pennies on just
about everything you buy. Neither had any real advantage.
They are OK for commodity items, They are not always cheaper than the
local stores and most don't give very good service compared to the local
store. They do not carry all of the top of the line merchandise. They tend
to carry lower quality hardware, nut and bolts, etc. Special order? Forget
Appliances? I priced a couple of appliances at both stores. I was able to
buy at the same price on a refrigerator and $20 more on a DW, but the local
guy delivered and hauled away the old ones on the same day I bought.
Neither offered that kind of service.
I often find that carry 1,000,000 different items, but never have what I
need. I'm fortunate to have a local hardware chain (Aubuchons) that seems
to have everything I need.
Home Depot IS cheaper than Lowes, about 15% cheaper in my experience.
Home Depot cheap & grungy and is for real contractors and serious home
fixers, while Lowes is spacious and pretty and clean and pricey (for yuppies
and wannabe home fixer nancy-boys)
fixers, while Lowes is spacious and pretty and clean and pricey (for
and wannabe home fixer nancy-boys)
yeah I heard that on the radio (NPR) - Lowes is directed more toward
women, they have wider and cleaner aisles.
You know, not to call into question my manhood or anything, but I've
often wished that the isles in HD were wider (or less cluttered with
JUNK!). I don't know how often I've loaded my cart with lumber, then
realized that I had forgotten something from the plumbing isle or some
such that now requires me to push the lumber up an isle barely wide
enough for a regular cart that also has displays of the latest junk for
sale, clueless associates helping clueless people who are oblivious to
the fact that some guy is trying to use the isle for something other
than gazing fondly at the bathroom fixtures....
I like Lowes sometimes because it has bigger electric tools than HD.
Like it will have a 7" angle grinder in addition to the 10 4-1/2"
versions they have in HD.
Of course, there are those who would say the 4-1/2 inches is enough for
I have to wonder if that is an error. I've never seen that much disparity
anywhere. I just priced a couple of tools, such as the DeWalt plate joiner
and they are the exact same price. On the disposers, they carry some
different brands and different models on the same brands making it difficult
I believe it depends on where the stores are
located, not only state and town, but also
district in a large city. In my town, there is
very little difference in price between HD and
Lowes when comparing identical products and
neither HD nor Lowes is consistently lower. The
same is true when comparing equivalent, but not
identical, products. I do think that Lowes tends
to carry higher priced brands and am not saying
that those higher priced brands are better.
The same is true with food stores. For example
Albertson's (Boise is the home of Albertson's) is
a high priced store in Boise, but we don't have
Safeway as a competitor. In Spokane, WA
Albertson's prices are for more competitive as
they have several chains as competitors.
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