Not quite, although some know it by your association of those words to the
color of HD.
In the Tech Encyclopedia, Borg refers the Cyborgs on Star Trek and the
comparison of a company that dominates in its field. Not necessarily
restricted to Home Improvement stores.
A type of cyborg in Star Trek that devours everything in its path. Companies
that dominate their field are called Borgs, and Borging is the verb. See
Oddly I have a mix of 5 Home Depots and Lowe's within 7 miles of me and in
the middle of it all a Family hardware store that is constantly growing and
beats all the Borges pricing on same products. This is in SW Houston.
Near Brenham TX, about 70 miles NW of Houston, the Borgs are more expensive
than the mom and pop hardware stores and lumber yards.
You pay for convenience, sorta. If you buy at a Borg, you can probably pay
less elsewhere for the same identical item.
In my neck of the woods they are next door to each other,
share the same (overall) parking area. HD was there first.
Interesting experiences/observations: It seems like what one
has (in some cases) the other has a minimal/nonexistent
stock, or flat don't carry it. Several times I have been
forced to go to both just to get all the stuff to complete a
job, neither had a complete stock of all things on my list.
At first I thought it was just a fluke, but since it seems
like it is a 50-50 chance I will need to make two stops to
finish a job.
They both seem to make "mistakes" mixing paint at about the
same rate, however, so I will usually check both anyway,
hoping to get a deal on a 5 gallon pail of paint that is a
close match to one of the colors used on my house. I keep a
baggie in my truck with paint peels off the cans used for
the largest areas to maintain. One or two lucky finds a
year help "ease the pain" of knowing I sometimes HAVE TO go
both places to get materials I need. Ha! regards. Joe.
On Mon, 7 Aug 2006 17:24:47 -0400, "Tom Nie"
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