Just posting this to encourage the timid - Home Depot will reduce prices on
items where there is a defect. They have a form for it and do it right away,
if you can find the department manager. There was a stack of 1/4" oak
plywood where every other sheet had slight water damage, the guy said,
"what'll you give me for 'em?" And I said, "12 bucks apiece," and that was it.
I bought a piece of 1/2" plywood and requested two cuts. The kid screwed up
one of the cuts, which wouldn't matter to my actual use, but would reduce
the utility of the scrap. I asked for a 30% discount and he accepted. So
now I have 3 pieces of scrap instead of 2.
Thats funny! After more than a year of scrounging up lumber from dumpsters I
had to take a truck load to the dump. Kinda got too carried away with
dumpster diving. Actually that was the second time I had to do that. Problem
is when you get really good stuff some of the stuff that was "good stuff"
beforehand now is not that good.
My local Lowes routinely will let you buy damaged plywood at half off. I
recently purchased 3 sheets of 3/4" Red oak at $23 a sheet. Damage was
minimal, at least 95% first quality. Don't be shy,You do have to ask.
Especially effective on torn bags of ready to mix concrete. I ve paid 25
cents for the regular 40# bags and 75 cents ea. for 6 of the "name brand"
speedy post setting stuff which is reg $ 5.00
I just use their package tape to seal the tear and toss em in the truck.
Our Lowe's used to discount shingles to half price if the wrapper was
torn off. A co-worker learned this from a friend who worked there, and
so he would make several visits a week, tear wrappers on his desired
shingles, and show up at 6am when the "damaged goods" were piled at the
contractors entrance for a quick sale.
He actually shingled his house that way.
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