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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-01-2008, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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I thought i would start a poll asking whether you like lowes or home depot more?? Personally i like lowes, First of all its bigger, the employees are always asking if you need help finding something, they have huge selections, and i just feel more comfortable there OH and most of all their HUGE selection of wood . However at Home Depot it feels like a contractors place or a place for someone that builds house's if you know what i mean. (None of the employees ask if i need help around me anywase)
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I chose Home Depot only because it's all we have in our small town of about 15,000 people. You're right about it feeling like a contractors place of business but in reality in our Home Depot the people are always asking if we need help. I know this because every time (about 6-12 times) I've gone in I've been asked if I need help with anything. Perhaps I just look helpless.

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In my opinion, Lowes prices are better than HD. Beyond that, they are the same to me.
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Although we just had a HD open up a few months ago, I still prefer Lowes. They are the people I've dealt with there for years and still chat with while I'm there.
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they just opened a lowes in my area & i went in to look around & it sure looks bigger.
it took me a couple of minutes to checkout & then i drove to home depot to make a comparison on the stuff i bought. lowes seem to have the better prices & the checkout at lowes is faster. it took a long time to checkout at HD. i will make another comparison next time i go & see what happens.
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HD is more for contractors. I can't say about Lowes since I've never been to one.


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Personaly I don't like either one, the small homtown stores often have the best service and price (if you insist on a "trade/contractor discount") I have priced stuff at HD and then gone to regular "trade" type stores and gotten better price and service, and they pull the parts from your list, you can phone or fax it in and it's waiting for you.

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Home Depot was my favorite, but shop lowes more because it is closer to my home and also on my way to and from work. I am beginning to like lowes better now. Home Depot have been making some changes in what carry in tools which makes me no perfer them anymore. I also like McCoy's. They have a better deal on sandpaper.
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Up here in Winnipeg we have Home Depot and Rona as the main players, neither are anything to write home about for the woodworker. I like to visit Grand Forks now and then just to visit the Menard's and Lowes there, both had their own strengths. Found a place called the Tool Crib that I really liked.



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You need a 4th choice labeled something like -- it depends
There are things either one of them does better than the other.
And sometimes they flip flop

I tend to like Lowes for purely irrational and subjective reasons --
1- They originated in NC -- and I have roots there.
2- they at least started as a basic small town hardware/farm supply type store (pre-dating HD by about 30 years)
and then a chain of such before they evolved into what they are today
(where HD was a big-box out to rule the world concept from day 1)
I lived in NC in the late 70's and had the pleasure of shopping in one of their stores before the --- exploded.

In this part of the country at least -- they have a habit of building within a few miles -- and often within sight of eachother -- so it doesnt cost me anything to comparison shop. I then buy from whichever one has what I want at the price I want to pay.

Sadly -- I don't go to EITHER of them expecting decent customer service any more. If I run across a retired tradesman who actually knows an answer to my question -- I count myself lucky.

Whenever I can still find a good one -- I try to support small independent hardware stores or an Ace Hardware franchise.

The one who says it can't be done --
Should avoid interrupting
the person doing it.
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