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Has anybody ever bought anything from this company. Speedy Metals Speedy Metals Online Industrial Metal Supply

They sell 6061 extruded aluminum bars that should work in miter slots. A 3/8 x 3/4 x 48 Inch bar sells for $7.56. They may not be pretty blue like Rockler sells and you have to drill and counter sink your own holes but they don't cost $26.99 for a 36" piece either. They also handle most other shapes such as channel and angle. There tolerances appear to be really tight. +-.008 per inch on the bar.

My problem is I don't like to buy from an unknown without checking into them first. They seem to be a legitimate company from what I can find on the internet.
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Has anybody ever bought anything from this company. Speedy Metals Speedy Metals Online Industrial Metal Supply

They sell 6061 extruded aluminum bars that should work in miter slots. A 3/8 x 3/4 x 48 Inch bar sells for $7.56. They may not be pretty blue like Rockler sells and you have to drill and counter sink your own holes but they don't cost $26.99 for a 36" piece either. They also handle most other shapes such as channel and angle. There tolerances appear to be really tight. +-.008 per inch on the bar.

My problem is I don't like to buy from an unknown without checking into them first. They seem to be a legitimate company from what I can find on the internet.
Since they do ebay... might try that first! Relatively low risk that way!

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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Since they do ebay... might try that first! Relatively low risk that way!
That's strange for some reason I don't trust E-Bay. I'd rather buy direct, skip the middle man. Another thing when I check the reviews the company had 100% positive reviews. Don't happen, orders get messed up from time to time, can't be helped. I don't fault people or companies for a few mess ups every now and again.

Another thing the reviews were repeats. The same reviewer was repeated with the same content up to as many as a dozen times. Makes me nervous. Call me paranoid but I don't want much, own much or make much and I'm real protective of what I got.
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I buy direct from them (brass hex for tool box handles) and they ship fast, do not charge an arm and a leg and have so far been easy to deal with.

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I've done eBay for 10 years (?) and everything was good until my last purchase when eBay and the seller showed the true colors and ended up costing me about 100.00 to replace a much needed gauge. This was my last time with eBay.

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That's strange for some reason I don't trust E-Bay. I'd rather buy direct, skip the middle man. Another thing when I check the reviews the company had 100% positive reviews. Don't happen, orders get messed up from time to time, can't be helped. I don't fault people or companies for a few mess ups every now and again.

Another thing the reviews were repeats. The same reviewer was repeated with the same content up to as many as a dozen times. Makes me nervous. Call me paranoid but I don't want much, own much or make much and I'm real protective of what I got.
If they are running their own eBay store, there is no middle man! Yes eBay takes a very small cut, but so does Visa, Mastercard, etc if you except them. I have bought a lot of stuff from many sellers on eBay with not 1 problem. Even when problems do occur(I have not had one myself), if promptly corrected, You can still have a 100% rating. An yes feedback is given on every transaction, So if I repeat buy from the same seller, you may indeed see repeat feedback from me, and yes, my feedback will usually be pretty much the same. It is a seller rating, not a product rating. It is a multi-billion dollar business, they didn't get that way by people getting ripped off!

By the way, I have a 100% rating on ebay! Buyers get feedback as well! It is relatively easy... just pay quickly for what you buy!

At least with eBay, the sellers rating is right there for the whole world to see!

The only "bad" thing I see, is you really do have to pay attention to the shipping charges that sellers charge, but not many other downsides. Oh and some people do seem to think their stuff is made of gold! But when you see that, don' buy!

At least with eBay, the sellers rating is right there for the whole world to see!

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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I buy from Ebay regularly - been stiffed once. What I usually do is know the price of an item including shipping from a regular internet store, then go into Ebay, select price plus shipping lowest then go from there. I buy a many car parts and tools that way, but try to do my homework. I occasionally think I pay a bit too much until I factor my time, gas mileage and wear and tear on my vehicle then. The big draw for me then for Ebay is the convenience factor if I don't need something immediately. If you use Paypal, they do 'insure' your purchase to a point as well from fraud and deception.

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This was my last time with eBay.

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I've got some friends who have dealt with e-bay only twice. Their first and last time. One of the reasons I'm leery of them.

So you have dealt with Speedy Metals. Have you ever bought any of their rectangular bars for use as miters. I am interested in buying 3/8 x 3/4 extruded aluminum bars and matching channel for slides. Their 4 x 4 x 1/4 extruded angle looks like a good choice for a french base for a router table.

Are you satisfied with the quality of their products. Their prices appear to be very reasonable.
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Yes - satisfied. Overall EBay is a good place and this was a one time incident in the span of the last 10 years. It was a Starrett gauge the seller did not have in stock when she sold it. Money was refunded but it cost me another 100.00 to keep my commitment to my customer. I do not like losing money.

I also purchase steel, copper, brass and bronze from an assortment of eBay companies, I will not purchase bismuth from anyone on eBay as the purity is questionable.

Good luck with your project - Baker

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Yes - satisfied. Overall EBay is a good place and this was a one time incident in the span of the last 10 years. It was a Starrett gauge the seller did not have in stock when she sold it. Money was refunded but it cost me another 100.00 to keep my commitment to my customer. I do not like losing money.

I also purchase steel, copper, brass and bronze from an assortment of eBay companies, I will not purchase bismuth from anyone on eBay as the purity is questionable.

Good luck with your project - Baker
If you made a commitment based on something you didn't have, isn't that pretty much the same thing the eBay seller did?

Not being critical, been there done that(not with eBay!), learned a lesson!

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
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