Is amazon the new lazy method of price checking?

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Forum topic by Paul posted 03-28-2014 04:40 AM 1323 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2014 04:40 AM

I’ve found myself answering to a few questions lately about tool pricing.

The general response is, well “amazon has it listed at xxx dollars so it’s out of my price range”

Are buyers in this generation so fixed on a mass retailers price that they are not willing to “shop” around?

Amazon has great pricing for “prime” members like myself who buy toiletries from them but amazon is not a place to buy bigger shop tools.

Contact your local retailers for what ever large purchase your willing to make. 1 phone call /gasp, yep I said it! You have to make a phone call, can get you a deal. Contact your local distributors!


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#1 posted 03-28-2014 05:16 AM

Well I use to visit local retailer. 100% of the time it was a waist of gasoline.

Online was always cheaper. I guess lower overhead and drop shipping from manufacturers mean no need to stock.

I still visit the local hardware store for few things.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 03-28-2014 05:18 AM

Answer to your question is Yes it is.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 03-28-2014 12:30 PM

There are no local retailers nearby that carry any of the woodworking tools I most commonly have purchased ove the years. I drove to a local retailer about 70 miles round trip and the prices were higher

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#4 posted 03-28-2014 01:33 PM

I am in the boondocks. No one sells larger woodworking machines. That being said, I am a prime member of Amazon. HHowever, I didn’t buy any major equipment through them. If you look at the prices for larger items on prime, they often raise the price to compensate for the cheap shipping. Thus, no savings. My tablesaw came directly from Grizzly. About $200 cheaper (including shipping) than on Amazon. Amazon is a great place for a starting point, but shouldn’t be the be all end all.

Note, I am very cheap and shop for everything.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 03-29-2014 01:58 AM

Amazon is simply the digital ages’ Sears Catalog. If you’re not old enough to remember the Sears ‘big book’ catalog, it is where us out in the hinterlands used to go to get a baseline price on anything from nuts n’ bolts to a new suit.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#6 posted 03-29-2014 03:39 AM

Funny thing about this topic, us “OLD” guys are the only ones that have replied. It seems there is not enough shopping around done today.

So much “shopping” today is done on amazon reviews and the like. I wonder how many LJ’s have bought a big piece sight unseen on amazon etc without touching the product first.

Steel City products, they don’t have a real reputation yet. I have a local distribution warehouse near me and stop in once a month. I would put their products up there with grizzly, I own both manufacturers.

There seems to be a real lack of hands on feeling for products these days therefore non favorable “reviews” when people get products they don’t expect from online reviews without first hand knowledge or feel for what they are buying.


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#7 posted 03-29-2014 06:26 AM

Probably. I remember when we kids could not wait for the Sears Christmas catalog to show up in late Oct or early Nov. Now, in the digital age, there is no waiting. For anything! Except the Big Brown truck.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 03-29-2014 06:56 AM

A place online I generally go to for tools is CPO and first look threw their reconditioned section. These are generally display models and lightly used tools that have been carefully inspected and repaired by the respective factory. Sometimes they are 50% of the new price and even sometimes Free Shipping is offered. My last good buy was a Bosch Orbital Sander for which I paid about $50 (usually retails for $100+). It came in and didn’t have a scratch on it, clean as a whistle. There was no shipping charge, no handling charge and no sales tax charge. They are my GO TO place for tools. A second is Ebay. You would be surprised at some of the good buys there. Also it is a good place to find really nice lumber.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#9 posted 03-29-2014 07:40 AM

Shipping can run the price of ebay lumber pretty high on a bdft basis.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 03-29-2014 09:23 PM

I will almost always look at the Amazon price to make certain I am in the ball park. Also, there are some stores who will meet Amazon’s price.

As for the reviews especially on Amazon….It is hard to believe anything with the reviews. It is obvious that some are written by those selling the product and some are written by people who want you to buy something else. You have to work real hard to figure out which one of the “Reviews” to believe.

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#11 posted 03-29-2014 11:13 PM

I think a lot depends on how you approach things. I don’t mind shopping around but at a point the time I waste is more costly than “savings” to be found. I buy basically nothing from Amazon but do a lot of online shopping for items.

I try shopping local but they often just can’t match price (even with shipping) of what I can get online. Also you always get stuck messing with an “old” guy who hems and haws over how they won’t, well let me check, let see, blah, blah, blah on matching price. Bottom line: I can find it for x dollars shipped to my house (no tax) you have to match that price without making me haggle and beg with you and if not not big deal I understand. Typically when the ask if they can help I politely say just checking it out before I order online. Most leave at that as they know they aren’t able to match it.

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#12 posted 03-29-2014 11:33 PM

I like to touch and see things before purchase

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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