I'm not dissing the place, but the rule of thumb is - if an item won't
turn over on the shelves in a few weeks, don't look for it there.
Don't go there for fan belts, for example. Another more complicated
example is - shure, they have double entry doors and will be happy to
install them for you. But if you replace the lock hardware and have a
thumblatch on the outside of the door, you'll have to buy two expensive
thumblatches and turn one into a dummy, because having the inactive
door set on the shelves is not profitable. What they suggested to me
is having the thumblatch on one door and a dummy knob on the other.
I was over at the local HD today and proceeded
"shopping" with my usual "learned" disdain.
Just wanted some shims and a little glue.
As I walked around, I did notice that they are sort
of trying to cater to the audience - e.g., the tool
area was much better oraganized. All the nail guns
were in the aisle where they sell the nails (now that's
a novel idea!). In general, things were better
Bought 2 - 3 inch spring clamps.
Don't get me wrong - they have a lot of power-tool
crap (Ryobi and the like), but if you are the weekend
warrior type, you might actually like the place.
I'm hot and cold on HD & Lowes, but I'm probably there
once a week or so.
Unlike our local Lowe's. You'll find nailers and biscuit jointers right
close to each other in the center of the tool isles. Biscuits are four rows
away, nails are four rows the opposite way. Guess the theory is that if you
have to hunt for them, you are more likely to see something else you need.
Actually, HD and others do a lot of "cross-merchandising" - putting the
same item in several different locations in the store.
For instance, you might find nails alongside hammers AND in the
Caulk might be displayed alongside siding AND in the paint aisle.
It makes good sense.
Around here, HD is the only place to shop anymore for any kind of
wood or DIY type of material. We used to have independent
lumberyards and hardwares, but since HD came to town, the indies had
to close up. They couldn't compete with the Walmart of the lumber
To go to a real lumberyard, I now have to drive about 100 miles round
trip. With the price of gas these days, it doesn't pay if all I need
is the same type of lumber that the borgs have.
Make more sawdust,
Unfortunate byproduct of large scale competition. Being in a large city
(Toronto, Ontario), there's still a number of businesses here that supply
the professional. However, I do concede they're getting harder to find and
they're now more likely to be on the outskirts of the city. Certainly not
even close to 100 miles away, but with the gridlock and density of the city,
probably close to the same time period required to get your supplies. You
can't win for losing.
It is really sad how HD has no competition in my area, even from Lowes.
Lowes appears to prefer the far-out, less desirable locations where rent
is cheaper. So, if need a paint brush or a drill bit, I am not going to
drive the extra 15 minutes to Lowes.
True. I just don't know where the people come from. I recall even 30 years
ago, we had a hardware store and a lumber yard, both were closed on Sundays.
We all survived happily. Now you can go to a HD, Lowes, or both and there
are hundreds of people hauling off thousands of dollars in home goods. This
is in the same neighborhoods that were happy with the hardware store that
was closed on Sunday. Of course back then we usually visited relatives or
took a ride someplace rather than build sheds or replace bathrooms.
My shopping tip is if you do not like crowds, go early.
I went to one of four Home Depots in my area. All within a 25 mile
radius. Boy was it crowded. Seen a power tool I wanted and the box was
not dented or ripped like the rest. So I waited till the next morning
and it was still there. And since I opened a Home Depot charge account
I got 10% off my first purchase (no matter what amount) and 12 month
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