They are a retail place so, if you are happy paying for that, go for it.Anybody here wiring entire houses with EVERYTHING from the HD? And I mean EVERYTHING?
I like my SH, but dang if everything they sell isn't 5-10% more expensive! Wire, panels, breakers - the only thing I haven't checked is the price difference in Carlon boxes and P&S boxes. I'm partial to P&S, but that could change in a hot minute if the price is right.
You are getting suckered into their loss leaders.It could be regional, and you're right, there are somethings (like meter bases) that are much cheaper at the SH. A lot of stuff for commercial work you basically have to get at the SH as well.
But just regular old 14/2, 12/2, Homeline panels, breakers, ect. They are cheaper, trust me. Cheap enough that I'm ready to completely give them 90% of my business, and only use the SH when absolutely necessary.
That's why you need to shop and find who's got the rock bottom price for whatever it is you need. Putting these guys up against each other is the best way to keep track of that.You are getting suckered into their loss leaders.
I see what they do with very common items but, if you purchase all of your commodity items from them you will feel it in the fittings , devices, and boxes,
I only buy there in an emergency.