Join Date: May 2002
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Re: Cheap tools? or Cheap tools!
The harbor freight down the street does good business. I buy some things there, like tarps, cheap rope, gloves etc. consumables mostly. Also if its the same as what every one else sell, just a lower price, like say the cheap utlity trailer, or the tool box mats, then I buy it whereever its cheapest.
The thing to ask yourself is do you have a population base for customers and what is your competition? It wont do you any good to fight HF for customers, they have the contacts and buying power. Post tool 1 mile away died 1 year after HF opend up. 'Nuff said on that.
As far as the tools, I buy very few tools from HF. Partly because I have most of what I need, but mostly, I buy better quality than that for tools. (Craftsman or better) you get what you pay for, so I have only bought tools like an 5 lb anvil for lite work, a set of number stamps for my wife, little things that quality can be checked on easily.
my 2 cents.