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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-10-2011, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Hello all,

Prior to joining routerforums, I purchased all of my tools and accessories locally, so I don't know if my experience with out of stock items is "normal" for online tool companies.

I purchased a Triton 3 1/4 HP from Woodcraft, knowing that it was on backorder and not shipping till May 1. While not thrilled about it, I couldn't turn down the price and resigned myself to waiting a little over a month.

Yesterday while looking online for some router bits, I happened to check the shipping status of the router. It now says July 1. Now I'm concerned this could repeat itself.

Would it make sense to have a poll rating experiences with online tool businesses?

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Would it make sense to have a poll rating experiences with online tool businesses?
Not a bad idea, I'd be interested to see the results.

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Well, it almost went well with me.
I bought a reebok watch first from one of a reputed site but it later i know its duplicate.
Then i bought a belt for me from another site and its too good.
So, some sites may be fake and can really cheat well.
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I have had extremely good fortune with online purchasing. I buy a lot of items online, mainly because I live WAY OUT in the country, and driving into town is a chore, to say the least.

I literally stocked my new shop with items purchased online. I have found several good sites to deal with, and I stick with what I know.

Amazon, Rockler, Peachtree, Grizzly, Woodworkers Supply, Tool Crib of the North, Northern Tools (to name a few) have all been very good. Items were as advertised, shipped quickly, and customer service was very good.

Also had some bad experiences, which is why I stick with who I know is giving me good products, good delivery, and good service.

Buyer beware, and stick with the online retailers that you have had good service with.

Just my humble opinion...
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Revive an old thread...
These are completely different days, in comparison to 2011.
Nowadays it is the norm to NOT buy locally.
But I still think a relative poll, or something of the like for us woodworker/router fellows (and ladies)
of what shops have been good to deal with, rather than a bad review, more of a good decent, I would shop there again (I may not shop there again)
Type of poll, or something that keeps up with current stores.

Granted I know there are plenty of ways to check, but I mean just for this forum (Unless I have not seen it as of yet, you do know there are over 100K posts here... To go through.
As most people will just say Amazon, and be done with it.. But that is not always the cheapest OR BEST result to go by.
As I have had quite a few bad buys through Amazon, and I am a Prime member.
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I support local merchants and economy.....
it has a better longer lasting effect/affect...
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Oh I buy plenty local, example I just bought a 2K fridge. But buying the best sub, well that is different (as I can only buy NOT LOCAL.
I buy my food local, as well farmer market.
Some of my wood, but LOOK AT my local prices for decent wood The ONLY place is Constantines.
Check their prices, on ANYTHING, and you will see why I do not buy everything local. (I would go broke REAL quick.
Link to local wood store (closest to me) https://www.constantines.com/

But in a pinch I do even still buy from them.
I bought 1 board of Padauk, that cost me the same as 20 Bd ft at Wall lumber (online).
EDIT:: Note that board was about 2bd ft. with no figure in it. But I needed it at the time.

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Brian offensive remarks like that are not tolerated. The subject matter of the thread includes both buying local and on line so Stick's comment is valid.

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I prefer to make large tool purchases from local or area stores. I want to put my hands on several tools and select from them. For smaller stuff, I pay close attention to price, but many stores will price match what you find on line. I've even bought tools online from Walmart, which had an unbeatable price on a ceiling mounted dust filter. Deliverd free to my local store.

But when I can, I do like to patronize the only woodworking store in my region, which is a Rockler. I buy enough so most of the guys and the gal there know me. I do like that and the fact they all do woodworking and know what they're talking about--especially the old guys.
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I'm going to chime in with others...I'd rather buy local for the reasons already stated. For those items that need to feel good in the hand I would need to do the "touchy, feely" thing...a hammer for example.

As far as buying on line, and since no one store satisfies all my on line purchases, I would typically take the recommendation of those I trust (this forum, for example) for a specific item. Likewise, depending on the item to be purchased, I also would either make or not make a recommendation...

...short answer, it depends...

As far as a poll goes, it might be tough to pick any particular store as I'm sure folks don't just buy in one place...
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