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Kelly

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07-02-2014 01:10 AM

Just went to McFeeleys to pull my shopping cart up and look into upping my supply of screws. I noticed:

1) The dollar shipping was gone;

2) They had no idea who I was (my password and such were gone);

3) My cart was empty and, going back to item one, they wanted twenty bucks for shipping – without anything in the cart.

Needless to say, twenty dollars shipping to pick up a couple hundred inch and a quarter screws just doesn’t work for me. As such, what resources do you folks recommend for quality screws (primarily flat head, for me)?


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jmartel

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#1 posted 07-02-2014 01:13 AM

I typically buy local at a shop I can get a discount at, but I also buy a lot from McMaster Carr. Typically a ~$6.00 minimum shipping though from what I’ve seen.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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PRGDesigns

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#2 posted 07-02-2014 03:04 AM

Try Albany County Fasteners in Albany New York. I found them on EBay while searching for #6×3/8” sheet metal screws. Local source – $0.03 each, EBay price – $0.02 each, Albany County Fasteners direct – $0.01 each. I needed several thousand. The local source would never get more than a couple of hundred in at a time no matter how often I asked. Another great thing about Albany – free shipping!

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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NiteWalker

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#3 posted 07-02-2014 03:14 AM

Interesting! They’re local to me.
I don’t see any square drive screws on their site though. :-(

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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AlaskaGuy

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#4 posted 07-02-2014 04:41 AM

McFeeleys sold out to some big company. Expect changes.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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OldWrangler

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#5 posted 07-02-2014 05:06 AM

(McFeeleys sold out to some big company. Expect changes.)

Changes are rarely for the better. Our present government is a prime example.

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

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JAAune

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#6 posted 07-02-2014 05:42 AM

Custom Service Hardware has good prices if you by in packages of 1,000 screws.

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NiteWalker

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#7 posted 07-02-2014 05:48 AM

From what I heard, mcfeely’s was actually sold to a family business.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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jonah

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#8 posted 07-02-2014 12:14 PM

I’m pretty sure McFeely’s was sold to Grainger or somebody like that.

I found a link:

http://pressroom.grainger.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=194987&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1094863&highlight=

Considering Grainger’s absurd shipping prices, I’m not surprised McFeely’s is getting the same treatment.

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AlaskaGuy

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#9 posted 07-02-2014 12:20 PM



(McFeeleys sold out to some big company. Expect changes.)

Changes are rarely for the better. Our present government is a prime example.

- OldWrangler

Exactly

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Don Butler

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#10 posted 07-02-2014 12:50 PM

The McFeely website is now AdvancePro Technologies, a Canadian Company.

Don

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skipj

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#11 posted 07-02-2014 01:37 PM

+1 with JAAune. cshardware.com has good prices. Example: 1000 “6-1/2 flat heads 9$......8-1 1/4 flat heads 12$a 1000. Also they have free shipping from time to time.You should get on there mailing list and get there catalog.
Its over now but all of June was free shipping.Thats for the lower 48.

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bbrown

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#12 posted 07-02-2014 01:56 PM

Seems shipping costs have gotten almost prohibitive (for me). I think it’s a foolish business decision as shipping now takes on a significant percentage of the total order cost. These companies are just losing a massive amount of business. And there’s nothing more deceptive than making the customer go through 10 minutes or more of registering and trying to place an order, only to find out at the very end that the shipping for that $12 order will cost $11.

For me, nowadays I almost always wait for free shipping or utilize Amazon free shipping.

-- Forest, Virginia ; Micah 6:8

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Kelly

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#13 posted 07-02-2014 03:18 PM

Just placed an order with CSH. I’ve ordered a lot of slides from them but never looked at their screws.

As was pointed out, it’s worth looking at bulk. For example, I checked the price of five hundred 1-1/4” square drives and it ran about twenty-seven. Seven hundred fifty ran around forty-two. One thousand ran fourteen.

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abie

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#14 posted 07-02-2014 03:33 PM

Update: spoke to a rep today..

McFeeley’s once owned by Grainger now sold to a private company.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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