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Old 02-07-2015, 11:56 AM   #101
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I agree, but you can shop from home and plan for one trip and buy quality products at fair prices without buying chit due to poor planning.

Next time you're in St. Albert Home Depot, seek out the big guy in the electrical section. He can always help, or tell you exactly where to buy what you need.

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Where is it written that I buy chit due to poor planning?
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Old 02-07-2015, 11:57 AM   #102
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I buy all my material from the Habitat ReStore. After all, who can't use a full case of 4 11/16" boxes with 1" KO's? And, the labor savings is huge because I don't have to spend time breaking out the KO's because they're already broke out!
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I go to HD to pick up a few items on the fly. I take them to the self serve checkout. One item doesn't have a SKU number. I go back and get one with a SKU number. I return to the checkout. EVERY item I enter says "Please wait for attendant". The attendant is nowhere to be found. I ask an apron dude walking by if he knows where the attendant is. Five minutes later, there is still no attendant. There are no real, living, breathing cashiers. I leave my stuff there and go to work, making do with what I have.

Complete waste of time.
Walk down to the other side of the store to the contractors check out, there is always a human there to check you out.
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I buy all my material from the Habitat ReStore. After all, who can't use a full case of 4 11/16" boxes with 1" KO's?
I saw a guy buy a handful of used breakers at ReStore. I don't breakers are something you should be cheaping out on
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Where is it written that I buy chit due to poor planning?
Not directed at you.

We all are quilty of poor planning some times.

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Just for sh!ts and giggles......why don't some of you US guys head on over to HomeDepot.ca (the Canadian HD website) and check out their pricing when compared to HomeDepot.com (the yankee counterpart).

I will put it in writing and produce sales receipts to back up my claim that HD is royally screwing anybody who is crazy enough to buy all their materials there. A full 100% of the stuff in that store is at least 25% more expensive than any of my local suppliers pricing. That includes 14/2, 12/2, 14/3 and panels.

If your electrical wholesaler isn't matching or beating the prices that you can get a freakin big box retail store then its really time to look for another wholesale house.
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Just for sh!ts and giggles......why don't some of you US guys head on over to HomeDepot.ca (the Canadian HD website) and check out their pricing when compared to HomeDepot.com (the yankee counterpart).

I will put it in writing and produce sales receipts to back up my claim that HD is royally screwing anybody who is crazy enough to buy all their materials there. A full 100% of the stuff in that store is at least 25% more expensive than any of my local suppliers pricing. That includes 14/2, 12/2, 14/3 and panels.

If your electrical wholesaler isn't matching or beating the prices that you can get a freakin big box retail store then its really time to look for another wholesale house.
Yep. A couple of weeks ago I had a last minute change order on a job and bought a box of Cat 5 at HD. Wow, did that hurt but I needed to get off the job and get it invoiced. Wholesalers were too far away. The price of convenience .
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Just for sh!ts and giggles......why don't some of you US guys head on over to HomeDepot.ca (the Canadian HD website) and check out their pricing when compared to HomeDepot.com (the yankee counterpart).

I will put it in writing and produce sales receipts to back up my claim that HD is royally screwing anybody who is crazy enough to buy all their materials there. A full 100% of the stuff in that store is at least 25% more expensive than any of my local suppliers pricing. That includes 14/2, 12/2, 14/3 and panels.

If your electrical wholesaler isn't matching or beating the prices that you can get a freakin big box retail store then its really time to look for another wholesale house.
Because their website will automatically re-direct you to your own area.

What you could do Is take screen shots of your prices and post them.
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Just for sh!ts and giggles......why don't some of you US guys head on over to HomeDepot.ca (the Canadian HD website) and check out their pricing when compared to HomeDepot.com (the yankee counterpart).

I will put it in writing and produce sales receipts to back up my claim that HD is royally screwing anybody who is crazy enough to buy all their materials there. A full 100% of the stuff in that store is at least 25% more expensive than any of my local suppliers pricing. That includes 14/2, 12/2, 14/3 and panels.

If your electrical wholesaler isn't matching or beating the prices that you can get a freakin big box retail store then its really time to look for another wholesale house.

The last time I was in Ontario I had to stop into a Home Depot just to have a look at what you guys call "electrical products" up there. I was appalled at how expensive everything was considering the products were mostly identical to American ones (except for your Marr wire nuts. )
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The last time I was in Ontario I had to stop into a Home Depot just to have a look at what you guys call "electrical products" up there. I was appalled at how expensive everything was considering the products were mostly identical to American ones (except for your Marr wire nuts. )
Google Home depot Mexico

Here it is

http://www.homedepot.com.mx/comprar/es/torres/electrico
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I went into HD for a box of dotty plates, I needed a few on a small kitchen remodel... this HD didn't sell them by the box, but the did have 2 packs, yes dotty plates in a blister-pack of 2, for $1.68. of course I bot 10 packs and finished the job but I H8 HD.
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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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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.
I was surprised a couple years ago when pricing some cut wire.
The SH beat HD and Lowes.
Glad i called first.
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My SH beats HD and Lowes on price almost every time, and always wins after factoring in my time spent looking for the items I need at HD instead of just calling or emailing the order in to the SH. I call or email my order in to the SH and it is waiting on me when I get there. versus wasting 30 to 45 minutes looking for stuff at HD. That time is non billable and makes me zero profit.
The best thing about my SH is I can call the manager or counter guys any time in the middle of the night for an emergency and they will open the store to get me what I need.


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"I bet your not roping houses all day either.
Of course not, but we do have 8 guys who do nothing but resi (service, remodels). It still doesn't make sense for us to deal with HD. The time lost with guys messing around at HD or returning the garbage someone returned and HD put back on the shelf would be killer. Orders are waiting in the shop in the AM for small resi jobs, delivered to jobsite on large ones.
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I think it requires to much time to shop various places. You have to assemble a price data spread sheet to keep track who has what at what price.

I do have price lists but usually just call SP and they'll deliver to job or shop.
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The UG meters at our HD are not approved by our utility.I wander if anyone knows this?
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The UG meters at our HD are not approved by our utility.I wander if anyone knows this?
Good way not to sell any except to out-of-towners just passing through.
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Home depot has fixtures for resi the supply house doesn't. I suspect they win on romex. I am generally familiar with what they a Lowe's carry and if there is one closer, I will likely go there. I rarely have to hunt long for what I need. I get stuff on Amazon if I have to. Get it done.
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Yep. A couple of weeks ago I had a last minute change order on a job and bought a box of Cat 5 at HD. Wow, did that hurt but I needed to get off the job and get it invoiced. Wholesalers were too far away. The price of convenience .
Yeah......I wouldn't even price it there. I think its something like 9 cents a foot at my SH, I can only imagine what its worth at HD.

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The last time I was in Ontario I had to stop into a Home Depot just to have a look at what you guys call "electrical products" up there. I was appalled at how expensive everything was considering the products were mostly identical to American ones (except for your Marr wire nuts. )
Thanks for the help in proving my point. My SH has no problem completely obliterating those prices you saw at HD.

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Because their website will automatically re-direct you to your own area.

What you could do Is take screen shots of your prices and post them.
I can access the HD.com site with no trouble and no redirect Harry. I can never get screenshots to work but here's a link. Maybe that will work for you
http://www.homedepot.ca/catalog/breaker-panels/173193
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Us:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Square-D-...00VP/202523036

You:
http://www.homedepot.ca/product/200-...reakers/992394

Almost half the price, though your panels have the enclosure around the main that probably accounts for some of the price difference.
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http://www.homedepot.com/p/Square-D-...00VP/202523036

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http://www.homedepot.ca/product/200-...reakers/992394

Almost half the price, though your panels have the enclosure around the main that probably accounts for some of the price difference.
Thanks. That same panel that you linked for the Canada price is available at two of my suppliers for 64 bucks c/w 200A main. The breakers cost me anywhere from $4.25 to $16.50. I would be into about $150.00 for the same package at my wholesale supply house.

$237 at HD or $150.00 at the SH. Sort of a no brainer.


That extra piece of metal around our mains certainly doesn't account for the extra 100 bucks it costs in Canada vs USA
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