On Wed, 10 Nov 2004 22:05:42 -0500, "Woodchuck"
Not only do prices vary, but items stocked can vary from store to
I recently sat next to a tile backer board and gypsum salesman on a
plane. He explained to me that many BORG (blue & orange) store
managers are empowered to make purchasing decisions for individual
stores In some stores, even a department manager can do this! Some
products, especially building materials can be chosen over others
based on shipping costs, as the product cost may be identical between
I didn't realize that stores had this much autonomy, but according to
this guy, they do. I always thought that HD & Lowes ran more like a
Wal-Mart, with everything coming from the mother ship. They don't.
This also explains why an awful lot of stuff is missing from the web,
as the web sites are considered stores in themselves, competing
against their own brick and mortar brothers.
His current crusade was to get store managers to order his backer
board, as they already sell his sheetrock & mud, so they can go on the
same truck and combine for shipping and volume discounts.
The Middletown and Berlin, CT Home Depot stores are less than 5 miles
from a large molding plant. Guess whose catalog comes out first at
the Pro Desk? <G>
Moral of the story? If you ask the store manager, not the guy in the
aisle, you may actually see what you want in the store.