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Old 03-07-2019, 10:28 AM   #1
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I didn't think Amazon was so far off market pricing of things, till I started looking for e-stops.

Amazon $205

https://www.amazon.com/CEPY1-2001-Em.../dp/B07G3CTTP7

Allied $45

https://www.alliedelec.com/product/a...E&gclsrc=aw.ds





Same part number, one might have extra set of contacts though..
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Old 03-07-2019, 10:44 AM   #2
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Amazon is not the seller on that part. It's a 3rd party seller. Anyone can go on there and list a $0.58 SPST 15A toggle for $5,000.
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Old 03-07-2019, 11:05 AM   #3
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You can probably get a better pricing through an abb distributor, retail pricing is often 50% more than oem pricing with abb
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I found this out when I bought dust filters for my respirator. Amazon 4 for $100 I ordered them. Waited for Amazon ones that I ordered for 2 weeks, ended up buying the ones from the other vendor and got the in 2 days from them was 4 for $30.. Lesson learned, shop twice and order once. Ended up that the ones from Amazon came from Canada and got tied up in customs so check where they are from.
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I get items from Amazon or Grainger for instance when I need it now, am confident I'll get it when I want it, and I can include the price difference. Sometimes the price on Amazon is decent, sometimes not. It still is a good resource.
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A lot of items on Amazon are priced thru the roof.

Amazon has good pricing on some stuff and the delivery is good when it actually works out like they say it will. But definitely not a one-stop shop. You need to check around for everything.
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What I like about Amazon Prime is the two day free delivery.
But I am not ordering parts for work.

They have been great in my case. Returns are a bit harder. But they do take them and its as easy as as printing out a new new shipping label.
I am waiting on my new aquarium filter today.
I already have my return packaged and ready to hand the driver.

Oh @HackWork. I saw my first Amazon delivery vehicle just the other day. Not around here, but closer to town. I get Fedex, UPS or USPS from them. On time or sooner.
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I've seen some of the Amazon vehicles around. Starting to get some deliveries on Sunday as well. It definitely has its place.
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You might find items with absurd prices. This can happen when the seller is about to run out of stock. If they spend too much time without stock they can lose their place on the listings and even when they get new stock they'd have to start over and may have to drop their price and pay for advertising to claw their way back to the 1st and 2nd pages. Items that sell the most get moved to the 1st page.

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Hack's right, you still need to shop and have an idea of what it costs, but Amazons been pretty reliable about shipping especially if its them that's selling. I try to avoid the other sellers where possible because the confidence factor of delivery time, even then its been pretty good about being on time.
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I see some Amazon vehicles, but the majority of the deliveries are in rental trucks.
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True with the rentals too.
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You absolutely have to watch the "sold by and shipped from" part. There are people making a lot of money like this:

* find products that Amazon is not selling
* put them on Amazon at a really high price
* watch the money roll in as people who assume Amazon is low buy your junk

If it says "sold by and shipped from Amazon" the prices tend to be competitive on consumer stuff and brands that sell a ton, although sometimes you'll see Home Depot or etc. beat Amazon.

For electrical stuff, there are brands that still hold back the best pricing for distributors, wholesalers, etc. other than Amazon. But the number is shrinking.
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It's my theory that people who price a $45 product at $250 on Amazon are preying on that girl in the office who is told to source a part and get it here now. The guy charging $250 may sell one per year, but he's making more money than the guy selling them at $45 who sells 2 per month.

Want to feel salt in the wound? Buy one from him for $250 and then find out he drop shipped it from the guy selling them for $45. It happens.
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Amazon never seems to have good prices on things I want but in stock and shipped is better than waiting at times.

McMaster Carr normally ships items by the time you hang up the phone.
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I avoid amazon at almost all costs.


I hate the stupid shipping games they play.

They have 2 fulfillment centers within 20 miles of my house and if you don’t pay expedited shipping, they literally mark it as shipped and just sit on it for 5 business days.


Arround christmas time, anything they think will be a hot seller, they have an exorberant shipping cost, say $38 per pair of kids fortnite pajamas to have them shipped from a city literally adjacent to my city inside of 3 weeks for christmas.. if you just want to pay $5/pair shipping is 6-8 weeks.


I really dislike amazon.
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If all of Amazon’s customers were like me, Bezos would still be working out of his garage.
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What I like about Amazon Prime is the two day free delivery.
But I am not ordering parts for work.

They have been great in my case. Returns are a bit harder. But they do take them and its as easy as as printing out a new new shipping label.
I am waiting on my new aquarium filter today.
I already have my return packaged and ready to hand the driver.

Oh @HackWork. I saw my first Amazon delivery vehicle just the other day. Not around here, but closer to town. I get Fedex, UPS or USPS from them. On time or sooner.
My order came in a personal car. No lettering. Looks like the driver is also working for Uber and Lyft.
So a new experience. All good so far.

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I see some Amazon vehicles, but the majority of the deliveries are in rental trucks.
A first for me today. An SUV doing driving for a living.
I had my return ready, but she told me could not take a return. Now that sucks as my closest UPS drop is over 10 miles away.
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I needed two Lutron gloss black tamper resistant receptacles and two Claro matching plates. If I waited for the supply house to get them, it could be weeks. On the other hand the descriptions for some of these products are terrible and lacking of meaningful details. You do need to know exactly what it is that you're buying and what they are selling are the same. Reading the homeowner reviews is laughable.
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They opened a distribution center within a 30 minute drive of my house and I started seeing them use a courier service to deliver locally.
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