Does anyone actually shop at Grainger? Talking About Sky Rocket Prices.

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Forum topic by Blackie_ posted 05-12-2014 12:40 PM 14680 views 0 times favorited 60 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-12-2014 12:40 PM

I have no idea how they are still in business, with their prices.

OK so I’m in the market for a router for my newly purchased table saw extension router table and after online shopping I’ve found Lowes to be the best local for the Dewalt 618 fixed base at $149.00 and Amazon to be $154.00 for the online price with free shipping and zero tax, OK so I thought I’d broaden my search even more and see who else out there sells and comparing prices and so I came upon Grainger they have it listed at the price of $248.25 now if that’s not a slap in the face I don’t know what is, Craigs List going nuts has nothing on Grainger? Grainger has the same product $100.00 more, Do they plan on coming and doing the work for you? Does that include setting up and lessons? Do you even get change back?

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#1 posted 05-12-2014 12:51 PM

Yep their prices are SKY HIGH…....there’s a Grainger in my city and is usually the last resort if I can’t find what I’m looking for elsewhere…..

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#2 posted 05-12-2014 12:53 PM


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#3 posted 05-12-2014 12:54 PM

The company I work for has a contract with Grainger and we are supposed to order everything from them, but I hate Grainger and I do everything possible to not order from them,
I much prefer Mc Master and to LSC.
By the way Grainger also own LSC and Mc Feely’s and I am sure many other other companies.
US companies hate competition, they buy as many companies as possible to eliminate competition and to have a situation of monopoly.
When I was working for Cisco System this what they did, and now the company I work for is doing just that also.
Now, It is now the second largest pharmaceutical company in the world.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 05-12-2014 12:57 PM

Around here, Grainger’s main customer base is private and government contractors. They are sort of a one stop shop, selling most everything mechanical. I’ll agree that they are high. But, it’s rare that they do not have what you need for a particular application.
Guys in business don’t have the time to search out suppliers and compare costs like you and I. It’s more cost efficient for them to go to Grainger and pay the price.
I have had to buy motors from them that I couldn’t find elsewhere. I wouldn’t go to them for anything that I could find at a BORG or on line.

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#5 posted 05-12-2014 12:57 PM

Yes, I can’t figure out why any individual would want to buy from Granger.

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#6 posted 05-12-2014 12:59 PM

You are shopping at grainger every day, if you pay your taxes. The school systems
Use Graingers , and in the past , almost exclusively. They do have a different pricing
Scale for them , because most of that procurement is on a bid system. So they must be competing on that level.
Your major corporations like ATT, Verizon, Duke energy, etc. they don’t care what tools cost, it’s all a write off.


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#7 posted 05-12-2014 01:03 PM

Yes Gene, I do agree they do have items not found else where and when I was working before retirement for the city we too had a contract for specific items and motors and such so I’ll give them to have it but they are way over priced, as for as what we do in wood working I don’t think anyone has to rely on them when we have woodcrafters, rockler and all the other woodcraft sellers out there, thank goodness.

Yep RJ2 just as I stated, I worked for the city so you are right, is it fair I think not but I don’t guess we have a say in that matter.

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#8 posted 05-12-2014 01:11 PM

In our molding plant we would only buy some motors, blowers, and fans from them. We occasionally bought some specialized controls from them but not much else. We bought a lot of stuff from MSC and McMaster Carr and Applied Industrial Technologies.

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#9 posted 05-12-2014 01:13 PM

I always figured outfits like Grainger sold to people with corporate accounts that want the item quickly/locally and don’t care about cost since they just pass it along to their customers. More confusing is Amazon, in addition to the $154 there are 7 other vendors charging more for that router, including one charging $363 with shipping, plus slower delivery – 3 outfits don’t even have it in stock! Always wondered if anyone ever went down that list and decided to purchase from the most expensive outfit, with a lower customer satisfaction rating, and was willing to wait 3 weeks because it was a special order and not in stock.

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#10 posted 05-12-2014 01:19 PM

When you are in an industrial plant and down time is staring you in the face you’ll buy parts from wherever you can get parts the quickest. The downtime is what will kill you.

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#11 posted 05-12-2014 01:41 PM

Our hospital buys heavily from Granger. Big East discount with buying group.

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#12 posted 05-12-2014 01:42 PM

Just plain crazy.
They used to make me buy stuff for work through there and I would just shake my head.

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#13 posted 05-12-2014 01:47 PM

there is always going to be a company just like grainger, just as charles has said, its the down time in your company, your paying for the luxury of getting it now, which means staying in operation, grainger is not for woodworkers who need to get it done just as badly as the big company, but as you all know, not that many woodworkers have large cash reserves…there has got to be companies like grainger to keep things at an even keel

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#14 posted 05-12-2014 01:56 PM

I have bought sandblast media from Grainger because the shipping costs from other places selling it cheaper would increase the price to one that is higher than Grainger. other than these unique situations..I shop where I get the best price.

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#15 posted 05-12-2014 01:59 PM

I shop at Grainger all the time, then buy from Amazon.

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