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Forum topic by Lee Barker posted 09-19-2012 04:09 PM 1459 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2012 04:09 PM

I stumbled on this. It appears to be in the early stages of development.

I’m curious if you have used it or think it might be of some value to you.

I have purchased hardware bits (small screws, etc.) from and plugging in that URL took me to the site. Looks like smallparts has been subsumed by the amazon.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#1 posted 09-19-2012 04:42 PM

The link you provided goes to a page saying that the Amazon URL typed in is wrong, would you like to go to our home page?

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#2 posted 09-19-2012 04:50 PM

Here is the link I found that leads to it.

It looks awkward to navigate through things like screw and bolts due to the crazy amount. Once I learn to do that, I think it could be very useful, although the two I looked up offered 1-2 week delivery. And shipping is free only on orders above $50.00.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#3 posted 09-19-2012 04:55 PM

Sounds like they have their sights set on eating the lunch of then Grainger, McMaster and MSC type of businesses.

I think they’re going to find that the industry crowd expects all items to be in stock and shipped within 24 hours.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#4 posted 09-19-2012 05:06 PM

Well, with rising fuel prices and increasing traffic, going anywhere
to pick up supplies seems even more tedious, costly, and time
consuming than it used to. I’m mail ordering everything but wood
for the shop these days. If Amazon’s distribution system makes
it easier to get specialized items without paying inflated prices,
I’m for it.

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#5 posted 09-19-2012 05:08 PM

OK, I just ordered a box of 100 Metric DIN 7985 18-8 Stainless Steel pan head machine screws, M3-0.5 thread size, 35MM length, fully threaded.
This is typically the screw that guitar builders use to hold pickups in certain applications, although most plastic pickguards would use a flat head SS screw in a tapered hole. I can get away with these panheads in my wooden pickguards as long as the stainless steel looks good and polishes up.
The cost was $8.08 per hundred, and they added $4.99 shipping for a total of $13.07, and delivery of October 1-12th.
When I can get these at Ace Hardware locally or my local bolt jobber, who around here has the best metric selection, they usually run about .18 apiece in zinc. That would come to $18.00, so this is not too bad.

By the way, the free shipping on orders over $50 is a limited time offer.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#6 posted 09-19-2012 05:10 PM

I agree with ssnvet on industries. I depended on Grainger and McMaster for years to get me things the next day in my maintenance management positions. Amazon offer faster shipping options on the page, but it really stacks the price.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#7 posted 09-19-2012 05:12 PM

I wonder if once it’s out of beta, if they’ll have it be an extension of Amazon… and subsequently, if my Amazon Prime membership would extend to it… free 2-day shipping on most things sold from Amazon is nice…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#8 posted 09-19-2012 05:16 PM

None of the above links worked for me here in AZ. I am directed to go to amazon home page.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#9 posted 09-19-2012 05:16 PM

So whats the diff between this new site, and the industrial/scientific/material catagory of the original site? The original site offers free standard shipping on +$25 orders. The new site makes you buy $50 for free 2 day shipping.
I think the original site is better for the average DIY schmuck like me.

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#10 posted 09-19-2012 05:18 PM

Looks like they pretty much copied McMaster

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey

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#11 posted 09-19-2012 05:21 PM

Looks to me, Ted, that the difference is the same stuff on a different format. If the format you presented has a better offering on shipping, why go to the other one? And funny it is not nationwide, since The Old Timer was directed to the home page. We have two Amazon fullfillment centers within 25 miles of where I am sitting, wonder if that has anything to do with it?

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#12 posted 09-20-2012 03:35 AM

For those of you who use Grainger a lot, what is the drawing point? I’ve had to buy a couple things from them over time, but every time I look at something there, it seems to be about 75% over typical market cost. Also, the local guys are good about getting stuff in, but they never seem to have what I need in stock. They seem busy when I go in, so there must be a drawing point that I don’t get. Even if I was buying stuff for my boss, I would have a hard time going there regularly.



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#13 posted 09-20-2012 03:53 AM

Grainger appeals mostly to people who are shopping on
the company dime. They ship fast, so in a pinch they
get the goods to you.

For some parts Grainger is not too unreasonable and I
have gone to the local one and got stuff on will call. For
power tools the Grainger prices are insane.

Think about it from the POV of a guy running a crew for
a film shoot. He’s got a blank check but the labor is
costing a fortune because of union wages and overtime
pay, so he wants his guys equipped with whatever they
need. The overpriced tools are easy to write off and
the cost dwarfs the cost of the labor standing around.

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#14 posted 09-20-2012 05:19 AM

AmazonSupply is just Small Parts in different skin. Although, Small Parts has been largely Amazonized in recent years after being bought.

For regular customers, the only difference is in how to navigate and find products.


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