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Old 02-07-2015, 08:09 PM   #121
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Definitely a difference there. I just don't have a lot of time to call around. Try to notice costs of things while I'm in there. Lot of T&M so I don't worry too much.
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Old 02-07-2015, 08:35 PM   #122
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For sure NRP......I never worry too much on T&M either. If anything......I would like the price to be a bit higher.
I would rather a 25% mark up on 200 bucks then marking up 100 bucks.
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Old 02-07-2015, 09:52 PM   #123
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The UG meters at our HD are not approved by our utility.I wander if anyone knows this?
Isn't it the responsibility of the installer, not HD, to know something like this?

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That's crazy talk! Saving a $1 here, $2 there really adds up. If you buy materials 4-6 days a week, think how much you're throwing away each year.
You're buying material 4-6 days a week yet this is what you posted on another thread:

"Trying to clean out and sort through some of this stuff. I gotta start using up all this left over materials from old jobs! My trailer is pouring over with crap, my garage is full of extra lights, pipe, and fluorescent lamps.....its a mess.

I think im going to make it my goal for the next while to use up all this stuff on all the new jobs. Ive got money just sitting here, wasting space.
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You're driving around trying to save a buck on a box of connectors while you probably have a "free" box of connectors sitting in the middle of that mess somewhere.
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What is that, US dollars or something else?

Is that a "contractor pack"? Like a box of 10.
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What is that, US dollars or something else?

Is that a "contractor pack"? Like a box of 10.
Dunno , maybe they're price jacking cuz all their jobs moved to china? ~CS~
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Home depot sells wire and cable cheap.....i purchase 2/0 cu for the price of #6 cu. #4 cu for the price of coaxial. Somehow the little orange stickers get the wrong sku numbers every time i get wire there. .
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If you look more closely you will see that although home depot beats most supply houses on a lot of stuff they get it back on other stuff.
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If you look more closely you will see that although home depot beats most supply houses on a lot of stuff they get it back on other stuff.
I got news for you...supply houses operate that way too. At your average supply house, wire and commodity items sell for 1-2% profit while a Lutron dimmer sells for 30+% profit.
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I got news for you...supply houses operate that way too. At your average supply house, wire and commodity items sell for 1-2% profit while a Lutron dimmer sells for 30+% profit.
The Lutron dimmers are money makers for sure, but I routinely watch my salesman change the markup/profit margin column on his computer before he enters items onto my account. Things like T&B black 8" ty-wraps have almost 300% markup on them. Ideal Can-Twist wirenuts are at about 250% markup. Twist-lock receptacles and plugs are around 200 to 250% as well.
It's incredible how much markup is on some stuff and it always gives me a little giggle when I watch him change a 200% markup to50% - 75% before entering into my account.
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Just saved about $500 on the finish materials for a job using HD. Deco switches are 35% cheaper. LED retros 50% or more. Took me 1/2 hour to round up the material if I beg my SH for better pricing they can't even come close.
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If you look more closely you will see that although home depot beats most supply houses on a lot of stuff they get it back on other stuff.
It takes a trained eye to keep up with everybody's pricing. But I'm on it like white on rice.
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I got news for you...supply houses operate that way too. At your average supply house, wire and commodity items sell for 1-2% profit while a Lutron dimmer sells for 30+% profit.
Very true, but a big difference is you never know if your competition is buying better than you or you are buying better than your competition. At least at the big box stores, pretty much everyone gets the same price.

And oh yea, don't buy something (an item you don't usually buy) across the counter w/out getting a price, SHs are notorious for sticking it to you if they think you are not looking.
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It takes a trained eye to keep up with everybody's pricing. But I'm on it like white on rice.
I agree.....you do have to keep a watch on your pricing. You never know when somebody, even that trusted supply house, is going to gouge you on something.
I just won't put extra time in to trying to track down the 1 or 2% savings........I want the big savings.
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Customers, especially in residential, quite often frequent big box stores like Home Depot. How would you justify charging them prices from your beloved supply house that are higher then they seen at Home Depot. Especially if it's the same exact product.

Times have changed, we have to keep up.

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Oh man, I am so glad that I steer clear of residential. The situation Borgi just presented would irk the hell out of me. Trying to justify my pricing to a "know it all" homeowner.

It would be jail time for me....assault charges.....maybe homicide.
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Most of my material is from HD. The only time I use the supply house is when HD does not stock it.
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Oh man, I am so glad that I steer clear of residential. The situation Borgi just presented would irk the hell out of me. Trying to justify my pricing to a "know it all" homeowner.

It would be jail time for me....assault charges.....maybe homicide.
Trust me, it happens.

Now, if I charge for a quality product not sold at the big box stores like Home Depot, no problem. But, customers are better informed these days, with that new fangled internet thing-a-ma-jig.

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