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Old 02-07-2015, 01:08 AM   #61
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Old 02-07-2015, 01:19 AM   #62
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We spend about $1-1.3 million a year on materials. We need the correct materials delivered to multiple jobsites everyday. We need fixture packages, submittals for gear, and knowledgeable sales people who can find specialized equipment and get it quickly. We need to be able to negotiate our prices. Not gonna happen at HD. That said, it's great in a pinch, and I am a regular.
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Last week I was sizing up a job and needed the dimensions of a panel. I phoned the SH and he gave them to me. Try doing that with the big orange lumber store. And, if you go to their website, they give you the dimensions of the cardboard box it comes in. That's really helpful .
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Old 02-07-2015, 04:04 AM   #64
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Last week I was sizing up a job and needed the dimensions of a panel. I phoned the SH and he gave them to me. Try doing that with the big orange lumber store. And, if you go to their website, they give you the dimensions of the cardboard box it comes in. That's really helpful .
You're not talking to the right people. HD sells brand name products, that's all available at Home Depot web sites! Including panel sizes.

Maybe you don't understand how to get that info!

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We only get romex and panels at Depot. My Dad is a Square-D man, amd now HD is the only place we can get then now that I know of. Romex is usually a couple cents cheaper per foot than the SH.

Everything else we get at the supply house now. Fittings at HD are a bunch of junk. I bought a 2" EMT compression connector that rattles around the pipe when the bushing is tightened all the way down, and have to return 10 2" raintight connectors since they are too undersized to fit them on EMT. Those 2 things made for a very frustrating day. This was a couple weeks ago during the Snowpocalypse 2015, so HD was the inly place open. Learned my lesson on that one! Also bought a couple rolls of 12-2 MC on a Saturday when i ran out. The supply house wasnt open so i ended up paying 5 cents more a foot from big box.

From here on out I am going to price shop everything for quotes. We just got accounts at 2 new supply houses, so we also have access to a wider variety of brands. This should help make it so i can go into Cheapo Depot even less!
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There are times where HD out does supply houses. When it comes to resi wire and panels HD wins.
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HD is great for residential. However if you talk to a sales manager at your local supply house I'm sure they would be willing to adjust some prices to retain your business. If you ever change direction to work in industrial or automation I guarantee HD will not cut it anymore. Building a relationship with a good supplier can be a very beneficial in the long run.


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HD serves as a resi price guide for HO's .....

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Which brand? Surely not Square D.
My main supplier only sells Siemens

I do as much business as possible with one supplier, to me it is the best way to get the best pricing, I show them loyalty and they show it to me
I do not price shop the quotes from my SH
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You might not, but the rest of the resi world is Wiz....~CS~
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I managed a branch of a SH (don't want to mention there name). I purchased ALL our romex from HD. Our wire supplier couldn't even come close to what I was purchasing it for. We were HD's Contractor Service Departments largest customer at the store I was dealing with. I was purchasing between $30 & $40K per month on romex. Occasionally would get a deal on smoke detectors, fire stop, etc. The manager at HD would call me with specials and I usually gobbled them up whenever possible. As far as there material pricing we had to really sharpen our pencil to be able to compete. True all of the commercial equipment is over the top but when it came to resi pricing they could almost nick us all the time. I had a lot of resi contractors and when that side of the business started to fall off we had to sit down and find out just what was going on. Sure did learn in a hurry.
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If you guys quit going to the counter with a list on a piece of cardboard, maybe you would get better pricing.
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If you guys quit going to the counter with a list on a piece of cardboard, maybe you would get better pricing.
You're right. It would be better to write it on the back of a Home Depot receipt.
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I managed a branch of a SH (don't want to mention there name). I purchased ALL our romex from HD. Our wire supplier couldn't even come close to what I was purchasing it for. We were HD's Contractor Service Departments largest customer at the store I was dealing with. I was purchasing between $30 & $40K per month on romex. Occasionally would get a deal on smoke detectors, fire stop, etc. The manager at HD would call me with specials and I usually gobbled them up whenever possible. As far as there material pricing we had to really sharpen our pencil to be able to compete. True all of the commercial equipment is over the top but when it came to resi pricing they could almost nick us all the time. I had a lot of resi contractors and when that side of the business started to fall off we had to sit down and find out just what was going on. Sure did learn in a hurry.

I worked for a supply house for a short time about 12 years ago and we flat out told our regular resi contractors not to even waste their time buying wire from us. Most didn't anyway because they knew we were way high on the price.
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I worked for a supply house for a short time about 12 years ago and we flat out told our regular resi contractors not to even waste their time buying wire from us. Most didn't anyway because they knew we were way high on the price.
Ive always wondered why that is. Is it because HD buys in bulk?
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Ive always wondered why that is. Is it because HD buys in bulk?
I'm not sure, but I would guess that is the case. I worked for a large supply chain in Connecticut that you're probably familiar with and it was no small operation. They had very large buying power, and when we ordered wire at my branch we would get 7+ pallets at a time.

That being said, I deal with one supplier locally that sells all their wire within a $1 of HD to discourage contractors from buying it at HD. However, they sell that awful Nexans and Colonial stuff and I refuse to buy it.
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Ive always wondered why that is. Is it because HD buys in bulk?
Must be. If you think of the # of home depot stores nationwide compared to the largest electrical supply house chain (Rexel maybe?) There are a pile of HDs in the service area of 1 supply house that are stacked to the hilt with Romex.
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Must be. If you think of the # of home depot stores nationwide compared to the largest electrical supply house chain (Rexel maybe?) There are a pile of HDs in the service area of 1 supply house that are stacked to the hilt with Romex.
Not to mention all the SH HD has put under.
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