Last year I started using HD Supply for most of the stuff I keep in stock. With an account set up they give next day shipping with no minimum. As far as the amount of stuff they keep in stock it's probably a bit more than a Home Depot or Lowe's. The prices they give me with my account are probably still just a bit more then supply house.
I normally buy the 3m wire nuts from platt electric. It's the cheapest per wire but include shipping cost per nut. When I order the orange blue nuts are about 7 cents each ( shipping included). I just bought 200 rolls of 3m temflex black tape from eBay for about 79 cents for each roll with shipping per unit included. They are in good condition.
As a random data point (and probably not the best example), Amazon has the P&S CRB5362-W 20A receptacle for $2.98. Platt has it listed for $9.57. Gordon has it listed for $2.69 with $10.00 shipping.
At a certain point, inertia takes over. I buy a lot from Amazon. The account is already set up. If I can avoid driving somewhere for a few cents more, I will do it.
Also, a while back I knew I was going to be short on 4" boxes. I didn't want to take time to drive to the SH, so I ordered 30 Steel City boxes from Amazon. I have Amazon Prime, so I knew they would be here two days later with free shipping.
You can also get some great deals on tools on Amazon. Using CamelCamelCamel helps.
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