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What seems like a bargain isn't a bargain. My son got the idea to build his Lab a log doghouse. For three days, we split landscape timbers, lined it with plywood, etc. We use drywall screws. It was cheaper to buy five one pound boxes than the five pound box. Go figure.....or most people don't, thinking the larger box is cheaper.
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It's a relatively small family owned store and I support them when ever I can; don't care if they're more expensive on some items. Too valuable an asset to lose if I don't support them.
completely agree with the sentiment! I do the same thing....especially with lumber.
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Feel sorry for some of you Fellars, within 10 miles of my house I have a rockler store woodcraft store, a service center for porter cable and deWalt Home Depot, Lowe's, 2 hardwood stores and a lumberyard and not to forget a tool repair shop.
If I had all that, that close, there had better be a good divorce attorney within 15 minutes...

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Feel sorry for some of you Fellars, within 10 miles of my house I have a rockler store woodcraft store, a service center for porter cable and deWalt Home Depot, Lowe's, 2 hardwood stores and a lumberyard and not to forget a tool repair shop.
Hold on John--'tis I who feel sorry for you!! Within 10 miles of my house we have an Ace Hdwe, Tractor Supply, several thousand acres of row crops, dairy farms, pork waiting to be fresh, 2 state parks, deer, trout, bass, fox, hawks, herons, even skunks on occasion. Drivers of the white and brown trucks know where to put the boxes, and the USPS driver bought 2 pens from me last week.

Yep, 2 or 3 hours to Rockler or Woodcraft--but not much need for stop lights here. Just came back from 2 days in the Chicago suburbs--not a place for me to live!! And...the way family, work and hobbies get--if a store was 10 minutes away it might take me 3 or 4 days to take the time to get there anyway--so delivery is often faster!! I like not being in a shopping area (though it might actually be cheaper if I had to do more than click a mouse!! )

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I made a choice 13 years ago to move to a small town in Wyoming. Thank God for Amazon Prime. We do 60 to 70 percent of our purchases, other then groceries, online. If it was not for Grizzly Tools, Rockler On Line and Amazon, I would not have any power tools. I bought my Jet Table saw through Rockler On line, my Drill Press from Amazon and band saw and jointer from Grizzly and most of my hand power tools from Amazon and other online vendors. Home Depot, Lowes, Menards are all at least 200 miles away and Rockler is over 1000 miles away in Minnesota or 800 miles away in Oregon. Now, I'm not complaining, I made the choice to move here, so it's something I will have to just live with it. My only real complaint, is there is no place to get nice wood, I either choose Fir construction wood or pine. I do have access to blue pine because of all of the beetle kill in the state.

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I just went through this at the local JoAnn's. I received 2 sewing machines and needed a few supplies. I knew I could get most of the items much cheaper online. However, remembering when my mom always went to the store and got supplies and questions answered, I thought I would buy the customer service to make sure I was buying the correct items. Not a good experience-no real help AND listening to employees plotting mutiny. Anyway, after I got home and thought about everything that transpired, I decided just how much I could save online and if should I take any of the items back.

Well, some of it was actually cheaper, which surprised me! Of course, I kept those items. However, the sewing supplies I returned-I was refunded $60.xx and bought the same stuff online for $30+ cheaper and actually, getting MORE items for the price. Ex: exact set of sewing machine needles $14.99 + tax/store and $4.99 flat, online. $3.49 for 2 pcs. of tailor's chalk/store and $1.46 flat for 4 different colors of chalk. Rotary cutter $13.49/store, $13.50 + 3 extra blades/online, and so on.

The only thing I didn't replace yet, is 2.25 yds. fabric, that was $29.xx ($12.99/yd) at the store and I can get the same item from $3.49/yd - $5.99/yd, online. That can wait.

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Cindy; is it a franchise outlet? Might explain the employee dissatisfaction.
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Similar experience to Cindy on fabric. I wanted some felt cloth to line the drawers on my new outfeed table with. I couldn't find anything big enough locally and prices were extremely high per yd. I found some on amazon.ca for C$12/yd x 60" and it was delivered to my door.
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I do have access to blue pine because of all of the beetle kill in the state.

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I love the beetle kill. I first saw it many years ago when my wife worked in a high end furniture store. It wasn't popular back then, so some of the furniture came crated up in it. I saved a few pieces then, and made a few things, too. If I'd had any idea of how it would grow in popularity (and price) I would have salvaged a lot more of it. If I could think of an excuse to drive there from Kentucky, I'd bring my pickup.
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Princess Auto...this is 1/2 the price I pay anywhere else!
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