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Forum topic by AandCstyle posted 02-25-2017 02:15 PM 616 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AandCstyle

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02-25-2017 02:15 PM

I have been working on shutters forever and thought I would take a minute to share. I got most of the supplies from Rockler, but they charge $5.84 per ($2.92 each) pair of hinges (when you buy 10 pair effective 2-25-17). I found them much cheaper on Amazon, but their price increased to $29.95 for 12 hinges ($2.50 each) so I wasn’t happy since I had originally paid about $1.75 each. I noticed that the Amazon hinges were sold by Delta Blinds Supply so I checked their site and found the hinges for $0.89 each when you buy 9 or more at a time. Also, they did not charge shipping for the 40 hinges I need to finish this project. Needless to say, the savings made me happy.

This experience makes me wonder how often there are significant savings to be realized by checking the vendor’s site when considering making an Amazon purchase.

Happy woodworking!

-- Art


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mahdee

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#1 posted 02-25-2017 02:39 PM

It really does pay to shop, Art. I can’t believe the price differences when shopping online. I’ve noticed with Amazon for example when I purchase an item at a bargain, the next day it can up to double in price. Sometimes there are price differences depending on whether you click on the “Ad” link or not.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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splintergroup

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#2 posted 02-25-2017 02:51 PM

A useful trick to spot the Amazon pricing games is to cut and paste the URL from the Amazon web page into camelcamelcamel.com

It will graph a price history and you can tell if they are yanking your chain.

Art
Wow, only 40 more hinges to go! You’ll be done in hours!

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Rich

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#3 posted 02-25-2017 03:39 PM



A useful trick to spot the Amazon pricing games is to cut and paste the URL from the Amazon web page into camelcamelcamel.com

It will graph a price history and you can tell if they are yanking your chain.

Art
Wow, only 40 more hinges to go! You ll be done in hours!

You can add your wishlist to camelx3, and get emails when prices drop. You can also check the graph of the price history of an item, pick a reasonable target down close to historical lows, and get notified if it drops to that point. I’ve had some success with it, mostly, I get emails that something dropped a penny. Sometimes I even get an email that the item I added at price X is now back down to price X.

Amazon is funny. I’ve been a shopper there since 1994, and a Prime member since they started that, but you’ve really got to know what you’re doing. Their prices on some tools are ridiculous. I’ve also been bitten twice, when I tried to save a couple of bucks on hardware and it turned out that it shipped from China and took 5 weeks.
- splintergroup


-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 02-25-2017 03:58 PM



Amazon is funny. I ve been a shopper there since 1994, and a Prime member since they started that, but you ve really got to know what you re doing. Their prices on some tools are ridiculous. I ve also been bitten twice, when I tried to save a couple of bucks on hardware and it turned out that it shipped from China and took 5 weeks.

- RichTaylor

I usually find the higher prices with marketplace vendors and you’re right, they can be insane and/or the shipping can be outrageous…at least to Alaska. I encountered that while shopping for the JessEm router lift I recently bought. At first, no one offered Prime shipping. One vendor had a reasonable price but wanted $275 to ship the thing. Other vendors offered reasonable shipping but wanted nearly twice the purchase price. Finally, a Canadian vendor popped up with a good price and Prime shipping.

-- Brett — Peters Creek, Alaska

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xeddog

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#5 posted 02-25-2017 05:47 PM

You have to shop for everything everywhere, not just Amazon. Even in the grocery stores. You buy the house brands figuring they are cheaper. Not always. You buy a 2-pack of something figuring it would be cheaper. Not necessarily.

Wayne

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AandCstyle

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#6 posted 02-25-2017 06:31 PM

Splinter, I wasn’t aware of the camel site. I will use it in the future. Also, I will be taking a break from shutters after completing the current set so don’t look for anything further in that regard until the cows come home. :D

I appreciate the other comments. Thanks.

-- Art

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