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New store opened up today in my home town of Edmonton and I went over to have a look.

It was late in the day after I was returning home from a job but man they have some nice tools for sale. Too bad the sale is juts for today and tomorrow .

Here is the website for you to have a peek-a-boo.

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Looks like a nice new toy store to me!!

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Is this where the old House of Tools used to be?
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Too bad Anchorage is too small for a dedicated WW store. ONly about 400,000 people in the area.

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Holy Cow, there prices are high though. $539.95 for the Bosch 1619 Router. I paid $399 at Marson Equipment.
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New store opened up today in my home town of Edmonton and I went over to have a look.

It was late in the day after I was returning home from a job but man they have some nice tools for sale. Too bad the sale is juts for today and tomorrow .

Here is the website for you to have a peek-a-boo.

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What a disappointment. I went to the Canadian Woodworker site fully expecting to see Trend and their entire line of routers. I do a search on Trend and nada nothing. I go to the Trend site and I find the Canadian Woodworker logo and link but, as usual, none of the routers that they make for Europe. All I can find is the T4. I guess Trend couldn't afford Canadian Woodworker shelf rental prices or maybe Canadian Woodworker is just too greedy.

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Is this where the old House of Tools used to be?
No but it is replacing the House of Tools to compete with Busy Bee Tools.

It is located on 99 Street beside Timebrtown and the prices are a little high.

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Sounds like Federated Tool near me. High end equipment at ultra high end prices. They don't even advertise their prices or mark them on the tools in the store. Every sales man you talk to there gives you a different price. The guy told me I would never find the Hitachi router I bought at the price I was quoted whether it was refurbed or not. I took the bill in after I bought it to show him. Needless to say I do a lot of browsing there but very little buying.

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That's why so many specialty stores around here have closed down and new ones close almost as soon as they open. They can't compete with the prices of Harbor Freight, Lowse, HD, Wal-Mart, Costco, Sams and most aren't willing to pay the premium it takes to keep them in business, what with so many slow-turning items.

Right now we've got a locally owned industrial hardware store that caters to the building trades that stocks some Delta, Powermatic and Jet and a locally owned fine wood supplier that caters to the cabinetmakers that carries some Jet, BullDog, Kreig, CMT and Freud bits. Beyond those, you're on your own.

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No but it is replacing the House of Tools to compete with Busy Bee Tools.

It is located on 99 Street beside Timebrtown and the prices are a little high.
Agreed, I did not think their prices are all that competitive. Alhough selected items might be worth considering for the next ten months or so as the absence of PST in Alberta might offset the shipping charges. After that it will be HST and everybody is screwed.

Ah, the joys of shopping for something even remotely out of the ordinary in Canada (well, BC). Our House of Tools has been replaced by KMS Tools. The shop is half empty. They claim to sell on-line, but no catalog. I phoned the head office and was told they do not have a catalog as such, only the items in the month's flyer. As far as I can tell this is all refuse from China they are trying to get rid of. And I do mean refuse! The items are often of poorer quality than similar items sold elsewhere.

They retained the HoT sales staff but one has the feeling that the morale has suffered (the quality varied enormously with individuals even before).

Sales staff quality seems to decrease exponentially with the distance from major centres anyway, regardless of the company.

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