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Posted on Any reason to not buy machinery from Amazon? Other than we like to support local store?

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#1 posted 09-22-2020 04:01 AM

Rockler (and woodcraft) is a major nationwide chain that charges exorbitant prices and then tries to pressure you to buy more at the register. I only buy there if I need something immediately or to buy turning blanks so i can pick out.

I will try to buy stuff at the local mom and pop places if they can come close to matching prices. Sometimes this means buying accessories too. Small businesses have an easier time eating margin on accessories and leaving the big items as is. So sometimes they can get close on a “package” deal. I come in prepared, ask nicely what I would accept, and if they say no, i just tell them ok, and walk out with my amazon printouts.

You’ll get mixed reactions. One time when trying to buy a welder and a bunch of accessories, i actually brought a mask, gloves, wire etc to the counter and asked about the welder. The manager said there was no way they could match RuralKing’s price on the welder, so I thanked him and started walking out. He asked “did you still want to get all this other stuff?” And I said “no I’ll just get all the consumables there as well” and walked out, letting him realize that not only did he lose the welder sale and accessories sales, but all future consumables sales. The smart managers know better, better to eat the $20-30 now and make it up later. Oh well.

I buy from Amazon all the time. If its a small vendor with their own site and an amazon site, sometimes I’ll ask if they would rather me order direct and i get mixed responses there too.

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