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How many of you buy your tools at Garret Wade?

by Planeman40
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bunkie

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#1 posted 609 days ago

Who buys cheap imported stuff from G-W? Ads you said, HF is the place for this. But, last time I checked, HF was pretty low on high-end hand tools. Horses, as they say, for courses,

Of course, I much preferred when G-W still had their retail store in NYC (where I live).

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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AandCstyle

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#2 posted 609 days ago

I used to get their catalog, but never bought anything from them. Perhaps their customer is those with more money than time???

-- Art

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Loren

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#3 posted 608 days ago

I bought from them before the internet.

Garrett Wade used to sell some cool European stuff
they don’t carry anymore, in part because the exchange
rates became prohibitive.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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David Craig

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#4 posted 608 days ago

I would be hesitant to label these as exactly the same without physically checking them out. Construction may be the same, but with different quality in the material and workmanship. I pick some items up at higher priced retailers and some items at HF. I try to refrain from calling those that shop at either a fool.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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teejk

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#5 posted 608 days ago

in any consumer product business there is something called “snob appeal”...years ago porsche introduced a low priced car…they found out that it was killing their primary high-end business (if the commoners can own one they didn’t want it).

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Loren

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#6 posted 608 days ago

Oh GW has some really cool stuff and it’s not all expensive.

I haven’t bought from them in awhile, but I’ve reached the
point where I don’t buy tools that much anymore.

I will say that the emergence of ebay has made bargains
on used hand tools way more accessible. When I started
out in woodworking, good used wood tools were hard to
find in California… still are but now you can find them
online so it doesn’t matter much.

GW were the first I know of to sell Lie Nielsen planes,
but they also imported the Record planes and UK made
Stanley Bailey planes in the 80s and 90s because they
were better made than other new bench planes you
could buy at the time. Garrett Wade led the Renaissance
of hand tool woodworking in North America.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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TheDane

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#7 posted 608 days ago

I get Garrett-Wade’s catalogs and emails … why, I don’t know. I have never bought anything from them.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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americanwoodworker

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#8 posted 608 days ago

teejk is dead on. It’s the snob appeal. But a person must educate themselves on quality vs. quantity. Just because it has a name does not necessarily signify good quality. You will never get ahead if you keep buying stuff that breaks or is inaccurate. Thats why I love the internet. People can point you in the direction of gems vs. junk from any brand.

My youngest daughter came home from school one day and asked us if we could buy her some girl brand shirt because her so called friends would not allow her in their club without one. I tried to explain to her that I could buy her three shirts that look identical vs. the cost of one. But she wanted to be in “the club”. People want to show off. They like acceptance whether it be real or not.

Now some irony. Those spoiled kids who are given clothes that “snobs” buy, will realize when they grow up they may not afford them. Then they will be demonizing those same children who grew up and learned the value of money, and can now afford those “snob” products. They will say “it’s not fair!”

-- Your freedom to be you, includes my freedom to be free from you.

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HorizontalMike

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#9 posted 608 days ago

I once submitted a Stanley brand shoulder plane review to Garrett Wade. It was an honest but less than glowing review of Stanley QC. GW refused to post it online and then insisted upon a GW receipt. If this product had been one of their own manufacture they might have had a point, but when they are just the reseller of the product I object.

Consequently, I personally refuse to do any business with Garrett Wade, going forward.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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bunkie

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#10 posted 608 days ago

My wife bought me my Lie Nielsen bronze smoothing plane from the GW store in NYC. It may be a “snob appeal” piece, but it’s perhaps the nicest gift I have ever received and I cherish it.

Every lesser plane I’ve bought since then has been a huge disappointment. It’s not the same as, say, an Abercrombie and Fitch polo shirt for $100 compared to a Lands End one from Sears for $29.

I would never buy a Porsche. Their business model is to sell the latest model to their “loyal” customers and abandon owners of older editions. Ask any owner of the first water-cooled 911s who experienced the main bearing seal problem and who were told to suck it up and pay for the $15K overhaul to correct the problem.

“Expensive” may not always equal “best”, but some expensive items are worth every penny.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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BubbaIBA

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#11 posted 608 days ago

Back in the day GW was about the only game in town. This Texas farm boy bought many tools from them, not for snob appeal but because they carried tools that were not available from other sources. While I have a soft spot for the memory of what was, the current GW has fallen into irrelevance. Shame, because they helped make the hand tool world we live in now possible.

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oldnovice

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#12 posted 608 days ago

I get their catalogues too even though I have never bought anything from them because they are too expensive!

But the same goes for these that I get catalogues without any purchases:
  • Bridge City tools, also expensive good looking stuff
  • McFeelys, buy my Fastap screws locally and McFeelys doesn’t sell those anyway
  • Restoration Hardware, slowly turning into an expensive furniture store sans any hardware
  • Penn State tools, good stuff decent prices but I am not into pen making
  • Klockit, never built a clock, kit or otherwise
  • others, too many to itemize

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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CessnaPilotBarry

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#13 posted 608 days ago

As I remember, Tom Lie-Nielsen used to work at GW… He originally sold his planes at GW, then left to build them full-time. it was before my time, but I’ve been told GW was once a reall woodworker’s supply house. It does seem to be going more “Sharper Image” meets “Restoration Hardware” meets “Skymall” with each new catalog.

Personally, I’ve never purchased anything from GW, as they’ve never had anything I wanted. Woodworking-wise, they seem to have lost their way and gotten pushed aside by lots of other vendors.

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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craigw

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#14 posted 608 days ago

As an owner of Garrett Wade it’s alarming to see HF has such a price difference on a similar looking tool. I’m ordering one from them now to compare. Their price is way below what we pay so I imagine it must be for a different quality tool. But I’ll test them both and see.
Best
Craig Winer
Vice President
Garrett Wade
email:craig@garrettwade.com

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HorizontalMike

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#15 posted 608 days ago

craigw,
Your rejection of a review of a Major Supplier tool was quite odd, just because YOU did not sell the Major Brand “sample”. Is that truly policy?

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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MonteCristo

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#16 posted 608 days ago

Garrett who ? ie. don’t think they’re a big factor nowadays. Certainly not in Canada anyhow.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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David Kirtley

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#17 posted 608 days ago

I find it odd though that people slam Garrett Wade for having a few items that may be priced out of scale with the competitors but don’t bat an eye at other companies that sell things at severely premium pricing. Especially with our dwindling list of vendors to buy from. A lot of vendors that I used to buy from have been gone many years with none to replace them. Pretty soon all we will have are the big box stores and HF.

I have bought from GW in the past. Some of their stuff is overpriced. Most things are competitive. Some are cheaper than any other place I have seen. There is a mix. How about the things that are really cheap? The $125 plow plane? The $9 hand drill? They also offer a money back guarantee on everything and they eat the return shipping if you are not satisfied. How many vendors offer that?

I do miss some of the stuff that they used to carry like the Leon Robbins planes but not much they can do about it since he passed away in 2007.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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BentheViking

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#18 posted 608 days ago

naive maybe, but I’d never heard of this company…that was until I got an email today from PWW saying they are doing a 15% off sale right now.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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mcase

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#19 posted 608 days ago

Never use Garret Wade:

I ordered an item from Garret Wade ONCE. They charged me and the item never showed up. They never bothered to tell me the item was not due to arrive for months before they charged me. Even after they grabbed my money they didn’t bother to tell me. Companies that don’t notify the customer about back orders and charge them anyway are companies I NEVER do repeat business with. Bass Pro Shops is on my NEVER list for the same reason.

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Arminius

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#20 posted 608 days ago

MonteCristo,

GW is a bit of a trainwreck for an order to Canada. When I lived in the US in the ‘90’s, I quite liked them, but between shipping and brokerage, they are really a US only option. They are not really a competitive option elsewhere. I ordered once, raised it with them, learned the lesson, and moved on. To be honest, must have been about 10 years ago.

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GWTech

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#21 posted 606 days ago

Hi Horizontal Mike,

Garrett Wade is somewhat more than a “reseller” of brands. We guarantee every item we sell, for one thing, and we work hard to ensure that customer reviews are helpful to customers making purchasing decisions.

Though we have very few rules & restrictions on posting customer reviews, I can confirm that it is indeed our policy to not post a customer review if the item being reviewed was not purchased from Garrett Wade. We hear from a lot of armchair reviewers who are simply commenting on an image, and it can sometimes be hard to differentiate such a conjecture as that from a knowledgeable review from someone like you who has actually used the tool. In order to protect the integrity of the reviews, we have to draw the line somewhere, and this policy has over time worked well. However, in this case your review ended up rejected and we regretfully lost out on hearing what you had to say. I’m sorry for that.

Kind regards, Petra

-- tech@garrettwade.com

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GWTech

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#22 posted 606 days ago

Hi Loren & CessnaPilotBarry,

Have you visited us lately? We are still selling many of the tools you may remember, many from the same “European” toolmakers you reference. Check us out!

http://www.garrettwade.com/woodworking-tools/c/12395/

Best regards, Petra

-- tech@garrettwade.com

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GWTech

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#23 posted 606 days ago

Hi mcase,

Garrett Wade does not charge for back-ordered items. A customer account is not charged until an item ships. What you describe is not Garrett Wade policy and should not have happened. You could be due a refund. Please contact our Customer Service manager at orders@garrettwade.com.

Best regards, Petra

-- tech@garrettwade.com

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waho6o9

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#24 posted 606 days ago

Sounds like Garret Wade is stepping up to the plate.

Give em a chance, thanks Petra.

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HorizontalMike

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#25 posted 606 days ago

GWTech: ”...I can confirm that it is indeed our policy to not post a customer review if the item being reviewed was not purchased from Garrett Wade….”

And I can confirm that I have not and will not be purchasing from Garrett Wade. We all make choices… You made yours, and I have made mine.

FWIW, over censorship of nothing more than “product reviews” waves a VERY LARGE red flag. To take that leap, that all customers and potential customers have nothing more than rudimentary decision-making skills and that they are incapable filtering their own interpretation of a product review, be it negative, bad, bogus, arm-chair inspired, etc. just reeks with condescension. It does not take a PhD to see how petty your review policy is, though I do have a PhD among several other accomplishments (just in case you feel that I should “prove” my qualifications to make the above statements here, as well).

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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crank49

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#26 posted 606 days ago

I bought a Brace and adapter chuck from Garrett Wade about a year ago and was very dissapointed with it. It was not the quality I expected.
I replied negatively to an “order satisfaction questionair” and their customer service folks instantly responded that I was welcome to return it and they were sorry I was not satisfied.
Since I didn’t see any other sources for new braces that looked any better, I just kept it.

I will have to say that I think they are, from my experience any way, a good company to do business with and I may give them another try. They remind me of what Brookstone used to be about 30 or 40 years ago.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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RibsBrisket4me

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#27 posted 606 days ago

Petra,

Thank you for taking the time to chime in on this thread to give us your perspective.

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GWTech

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#28 posted 606 days ago

Thanks for the kind words everyone. Cheers!

Petra

-- tech@garrettwade.com

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HorizontalMike

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#29 posted 606 days ago

LOL!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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dakremer

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#30 posted 605 days ago

I think it makes perfectly good sense to not post a review of a tool that was not purchased from them. Just my two cents.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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Paul Miller

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#31 posted 605 days ago

I’ve bought a few tools from GW, although not for some time. I was always pleased with the item, price and service. Getting the GW catalog was always exciting. Tool porn for sure. They had the best photography of anyone out there. Their prices might have been a little higher than some places, but that catalog made it worth it. You could see what you were buying and knew you were buying from a class act. Thanks GW!

Paul

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#32 posted 605 days ago

Just my .02 , I had not seen this post, I just ordered some chisels from them. Subsequently referred a couple of other folks to get the same for a specific project we are doing as a class. I have never had an issue and have always been pleased. .

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bdjohns1

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#33 posted 605 days ago

@dakremer: Yes and no. If the complaint is purely about the tool itself as opposed to anything related to sales/customer service, then Garrett Wade would be smart to not only welcome feedback on the tool, but to aggregate that feedback when they (hopefully periodically) sit down with their suppliers, like Stanley. They’ve got a lot more leverage as someone who funnels a lot more money into Stanley’s pocket. For better or worse, Stanley is more likely to listen to a complaint from GW or from a woodwoorking “celebrity” type than Joe Woodworker.

One example – in my old job, I used to travel a lot, and made 1K on United (their top-tier elite status). Not quite as nice as George Clooney’s perks in “Up In the Air”, but they had a dedicated phone number for 1Ks which went to a US call center staffed with people empowered to fix problems when they occurred (and sometimes even before they occurred!). Spending $35-50K/yr of my employers money on airfare gave me much more leverage than the once-a-year leisure traveler.

-- Ben - resident cheese whiz.

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Tennessee

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#34 posted 605 days ago

I agree with Horizontal Mike. I can go to Amazon and post a review on a product, good or bad, whether I bought it there or not, and they will post it. Now, I’ve only put about 25-30 reviews on Amazon, but I’ve never been denied, even when I reviewed a halogen countertop cooking oven that they had for $95 that was showing up in Aldi’s stores for $40, and I said so. They cherrily posted it, and I got four or five thank you’s from other customers who obviously saved about $60 bucks each.
So why would any online retailer stop reviews? Just take a good look at Music123.com, or MusiciansFriend.com, and you will understand. 300+ reviews on some instruments, all 4-5 stars? Give me a break. Lots of different ways to look on how a retailer evaluates a review, and to be honest, the only one that really, really in my book allows true feelings and comments from all comers is Amazon.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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tnwood

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#35 posted 605 days ago

I have purchased a few things from them over the years but for the most part they seem to have gone to the far side with their products and prices. Years ago, when I lived in NJ, I finally located their store in NYC. As I remember it, it was a small second or third floor walk up with some displays but for the most part you had to ask for something specific if you wanted to purchase it. For the urbanites of NYC it is probably one of the only, if not the only, woodworkers tool store that you can physically get to easily. So they have a place in the commercial world and you don’t have to buy from them. We all have choices in where and what to buy. By the way, our “friends” at Taunton Press, publishers of FWW refuse to post bad reviews of their products also. So I don’t buy from them any more. Choices are ours.

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HorizontalMike

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#36 posted 604 days ago

My ENTIRE point about this, is that WHEN a retailer, regarding ”product reviews” either limits, censors, restricts, or what ever you want to call it, then NONE of that retailer’s statements or reviews about ANY of their product line can be trusted… NONE of them/it.

Paul’s example of Amazon posting all reviews, is an excellent example. Sure, some of us are intellectually slower than others, however an average WW’r is usually smart enough to filter out bogus product reviews and does NOT need some “overseer”, who just happens to be in the game for a profit, doing the filtering for them. Too much of a conflict of interest for me.

And thanks @tnwood for the note on FWW as well. I agree wholeheartedly, ”the choice is ours.”

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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HorizontalMike

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#37 posted 604 days ago

Charles, and others, I do want to be clear that I am not, nor have I, inferred in any way that GW service is in any way less than on par with other online retailers. GW service may indeed be excellent as many have said. I do not have any experience with their service so I cannot say, nor will I. My disagreement with GW, and my choice to do business elsewhere, is in a different area.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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BinghamtonEd

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#38 posted 604 days ago

I don’t think that censoring reviews is right, but I don’t think that requiring the reviewers to have actually purchased that item from them is too far-fetched, either. The way I see it, you have a few extremes :

- Require reviewers to have purchased the item from your store. This is not the same as censoring out poor reviews. This just keeps the pool of reviewers limited to those who you know bought that item from you. The downfall is that you will probably have a lower number of reviews. 99 people could be happy with the product, but if only the 1 unhappy person posts a review, that item now has only bad reviews. I don’t see this practice as censorship.
- Don’t filter anything. This allows people who purchased the item somewhere else to provide feedback, which gets you a greater amount of pertinent reviews. Additionally, however, you also open the door to merchants and producers submitting glowing reviews in an attempt to boost sales. Or someone who has a bad experience with a product/store just trying to be a pain.
- Censoring out bad reviews just because they’re bad reviews, in an effort to boost your won sales. Unethical, any way you look at it.

If GW denied your review only on the basis that you did not purchase the item there, and this is their standard policy, than I don’t think saying that “then NONE of that retailer’s statements or reviews about ANY of their product line can be trusted… NONE of them/it.” is fair. They’re just trying to keep the reviews limited to people the KNOW own that item.

However, if GW decided to deny your review under the pretense of the item not being purchased from them because the review was bad, that is not right. I wonder if you posted a glowing review of the item, would they have allowed it, or would they have still contacted you asking for proof of purchase?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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HorizontalMike

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#39 posted 604 days ago

_”...if GW decided to deny your review under the pretense of the item not being purchased from them because the review was bad, that is not right. I wonder if you posted a glowing review of the item, would they have allowed it, or would they have still contacted you asking for proof of purchase?...”

And there lies the can of worms… Once you open that can via particular restrictions, policies, censorship, etc. then you will NEVER know, as a customer, what you can trust and what NOT to trust. Even with a “glowing” type of review…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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BinghamtonEd

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#40 posted 604 days ago

Agreed 100%. And, I think, additionally, when we look at a site that does not have any restrictions, we will never know which of those reviews we can trust, either.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#41 posted 604 days ago

Mike, I do no want to fight with you but anyone has the right to what ever he wants to do on his own website, in return you have the right to not buy from them.
I bought a few tools from GW and I was satisfied with them.

-- Bert

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BinghamtonEd

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#42 posted 604 days ago

I’ve actually never bought from GW, so I’m not speaking specifically to their practices, customer support, etc. Will I ever buy from them? If I have a reason to, which is usually either a.) they have the best price on an item I want or b.) I have a gift card.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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HorizontalMike

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#43 posted 604 days ago

Ed,
Agreed. At least with unrestricted reviews, it is “we” the customers who are doing the filtering of reviews. And after all, it is “our” dollars that are being spent. That being said, we can all appreciate the fact that LJs allows unrestricted reviews. LJ reviews are a good source, and yes, we still have to do our own filtering Plus, we may often know the person who did/does the review.

Bert,
The Stanley review in question, is nearly identical to that same review I did on LJs. Had WC had a review process, that review would have landed there. As you read the review, you will see that I stated that I would keep the tool and “make” it work. The review in essence, was about initial product QC, and had nothing to do with any company other than Stanley. At the time, I could find no other online source in which I could actually review the Stanley product, and hope that “Stanley” would hear of the issue.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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PurpLev

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#44 posted 604 days ago

Mike, I think you sort of missed the point GW was trying to make:

they warranty the products THEY SELL. so if that STANLEY plane was indeed bought through them, they need to know about it as they can then take it to Stanley and request for a better CQ if Stanley wishes to sell through them – while at the same time give you the customer the service you deserve from them to make things better. it was not about censorship, it was about giving PROPER service to their customer/s and suppliers.

certain suppliers sell similar products at different CQ levels to different distributors. so the fact that this was made by Stanley, doesn’t mean all that you think it does.

seems like you got hung on the censorship idea and locked it in.

Peace

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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HorizontalMike

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#45 posted 604 days ago

@PurpLev,
I understand your point about “service guarantee”, however customer service was not MY point. If a customer wants to have a higher rate of needing customer service because of products having a lower rate of “initial quality”, then sure GW probably/does do a good job AFTER the sale. I personally would prefer to have a higher initial quality of product, than be forced into playing shipping tag with the reseller. Even if the reseller pays for said shipping, the customer is in limbo waiting on a resolution.

Better initial quality control by Stanley, would eliminate the need for resellers like GW, or WC, and others from having to jump though hoops because of recurring QC issues.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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GWTech

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#46 posted 604 days ago

Hi Binghampton Ed,

As it happens, one of my jobs at GW is the Rate & Review. If there’s a question about posting a product review, I usually make that decision. What rules we have I made up to help manage things:

1. We post bad reviews as well as good ones. Here’s the worst of them:

http://www.garrettwade.com/one-star/c/13644/
http://www.garrettwade.com/2star/c/13645/
http://www.garrettwade.com/3-star/c/13646/

2. We try to confirm that the review is about the tool we sell. The only reliable way we have to do this is to look up the customer’s order.

That’s basically it. We are not trying to compete with the Amazon model. How could we? There’s only 10 of us here in the office. But if it’s a matter of trust – someone to fix things when something goes wrong, or maybe you want to discuss a tool with someone who’s actually used it, or even if you want to talk to the company founder – if it’s a matter of real human contact and trust, I’m sorry, not to brag but, I think we would take Amazon to the mat any day of the week.

Cheers! Petra

-- tech@garrettwade.com

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David Craig

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#47 posted 604 days ago

I will have to say, regardless of commentary for or against GW, I have to commend you folks for caring enough to defend your policies and products directly.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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BinghamtonEd

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#48 posted 604 days ago

Yeah, and if nothing else, it got me to browse their site for the first time :) Not that I have any money, though :/

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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poopiekat

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#49 posted 604 days ago

I must admit, I get GW confused with Constantine’s of NYC. However, my interest in Garret-Wade is piqued by this discussion. I’ll browse your online catalog, I’m ready for some upscale bench tools, rather than shop the power-tool mega-stores of my innocent younger days. Oh, and by nature I am a comparison shopper, I like knowing the prices I pay is in the ballpark.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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HorizontalMike

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#50 posted 604 days ago

One last comment and I will leave it at that. Garrett-Wade DID drop the #92 Stanley Shoulder Plane from their online store. GW is now offering an Indian knockoff of the Stanley #92.

GW: ”...The Shoulder Plane (a close copy of the old Stanley #92…”

I do NOT know whether this is a licensed copy or not. It does not appear to be, nor claimed as such.
BTW, Stanley STILL SELLS the #92 Plane on the Stanley website...

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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