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Offline Scorpion

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Cheapest place online for hardware?
« on: August 26, 2017, 10:22 PM »
Because of FOG I now have a better source for my Blume hardware, I have excellent paint choices in both and SW, and a few other odds and ends places.  I'm still buying hardware at the Local hardware store or Amazon depending on what it is.  Unfortunately none of the places I go have everything and the local specialty store are
too expensive even in bulk.  I don't mind ordering in quantities of 250-500.  Above that and I'd have storage problems.

I mostly build cabinets but I also use metric and imperial machine and button head screws, set screws, and bolts/nuts/screws in a variety of materials thread pitches, and head types.  My needs are diverse.  ;)

Where are you guys buying?  I'm in the US .





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Offline TOOLTOWN

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Re: Cheapest place online for hardware?
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2017, 12:10 AM »
I buy a lot from wwhardware.com

Good prices, friendly phone service, and an up to date website.

Ken

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Re: Cheapest place online for hardware?
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2017, 07:51 AM »
I have also used wwhardware.com Have had no issues with them and everything arrived quickly and prices are good.
I saw another post someone recommended to use AHturf.com, there prices seem very good and I plan on placing a "sample" order to see how the rest goes. I was reading some reviews on the company and some are not very good. So I'm gonna try it and see how it goes.


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Offline antss

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Re: Cheapest place online for hardware?
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2017, 10:40 AM »
If you're doing this commercially I don't think you should worry about who has the "cheapest" price on everything.  I would find myself a distributor that can cater to all my needs like Hafele, Richelieu or Wurth. The online suppliers already mentioned are pretty comprehensive too.

Focusing on saving a few cents or even dollars a units only makes sense on a massive scale. 250 pieces an order is not that kind of scale.

Having everything you need or want ; and being able to get it to you in a couple of days , or even hours , provides more value to a small operation than saving a few bucks on screws and hinges.   Remember , the customer is paying for this stuff anyway. 

If they're solely focused on lowest cost , you're on a sinking ship.  You'd better get rid of all your Festool gear too since Ryobi will do the same job at a much lower cost.

Offline Cheese

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Re: Cheapest place online for hardware?
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2017, 12:18 PM »
I've recommended AH Turf in the past and will continue to do so. I just ordered 5 pairs of Blum Blumotion slides from Turf and received them 2 days later. This week I'll be ordering an additional 15 pairs of Blumotion slides from Turf. Besides the pricing, Turf has inventory on most items.

A few years back I ordered 80+ sets of Blum hinges and received all the hinges in 2-3 days.  [cool]

http://ahturf.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=118260

Offline kevinculle

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Re: Cheapest place online for hardware?
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2017, 01:33 PM »
+1 on AHTurf

Offline Scorpion

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Re: Cheapest place online for hardware?
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2017, 10:57 PM »
If you're doing this commercially I don't think you should worry about who has the "cheapest" price on everything.  I would find myself a distributor that can cater to all my needs like Hafele, Richelieu or Wurth. The online suppliers already mentioned are pretty comprehensive too.

Focusing on saving a few cents or even dollars a units only makes sense on a massive scale. 250 pieces an order is not that kind of scale.

Having everything you need or want ; and being able to get it to you in a couple of days , or even hours , provides more value to a small operation than saving a few bucks on screws and hinges.   Remember , the customer is paying for this stuff anyway. 

If they're solely focused on lowest cost , you're on a sinking ship.  You'd better get rid of all your Festool gear too since Ryobi will do the same job at a much lower cost.

Sorry, missed a critical aspect of my "operations".  I'm not your normal DIY guys but a DIY guy I am.  Since I sold my MFG company (metal fabrication - CNC mill/lathe/plasma, welding, forming, etc) I've figured out how to scratch the MFG itch building things out of wood.  I'm presently about 5 years in on remodeling every room in the house.  Only thing I've not try to make is couches.  I do t have a distributor (my bulk orders are too small for anyone to notice :).

My remodels are planned (read mostly intentional) so I know what I need before I need it.  I buy more common stuff like pocket screws by the 1000. It the smaller stuff (like for Blum door hinges and slides) 250 would last me long enough to get another box in the mail.

I get your point though.  In business there's a big difference between needing them now and paying a buck more to get them can be built into the cost extended to the customer.  Since I have experience in manufacturing though, I can tell you that in that line of work, when the machines aren't running I wasn't making money.  Running to the hardware store for $25 worth of hardware could be a serious loss so I had what I needed in bulk, in advance, and managed the quantities so I didn't run out. 


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Offline Goz

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Re: Cheapest place online for hardware?
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2017, 12:06 PM »
For screws, nuts, bolts, etc. you should check out McMaster-Carr. Their web site has amazing search and sort functions, so it's easy to find what you want. Their customer service is very responsive. Picking and shipping are fast. And prices are reasonable.

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Offline rvieceli

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Re: Cheapest place online for hardware?
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2017, 04:16 PM »
For all types of fasteners, I have used these three.

www.mcmaster.com

www.grainger.com

www.boltdepot.com

All have good selections and reasonable pricing.
McMaster-Carr is fast as I'm in the same state   If I order before noon it is usually on my door step the next day with normal shipping.


Offline fancyrover

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Re: Cheapest place online for hardware?
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2017, 05:29 PM »
Great recommendations!  :)

I don't know about my eyes, but I think I saw Machine and Tool Accessories on Power Jack Motion: Metal Machining Services' Mechanical component section. If my eyes served me right, then the said company would make a great recommendation, too.

Offline mike_aa

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Re: Cheapest place online for hardware?
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2017, 08:03 PM »
I'm a hobbyist and although I've looked at the www.mcmaster.com excellent website on numerous occasions, I've never actually ordered anything from them.  I guess I always thought my order was too small for them to bother with.  Well, last week I needed eight specific bolts that I absolutely could not find anywhere else.  They had them in a minimum quantity of ten.  I gave the local warehouse a call and explained that my order was ultra small.  They said not to worry, there was no minimum.  After paying over the phone, I drove to their customer pickup location at the warehouse.  About forty-five minutes later, I had my bolts and was on my way home.  Super service!

Mike A.