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A long time ago I might have purchased a few things from Reid Supply. I
am on their mailing list and SPAM list. On most things I price checked
they cost more than McMaster, so I kind of forgot about them until some
years back they were bought out by somebody and were going to do
business under a new name. I price checked a few items I buy regularly
from MSC or McMaster and I seem to recall they didn't have some, and
they were higher priced on some, and I forgot about them again.

Well Reid Supply is doing business under a Reid Supply again (its been a
year or two now) and they keep sending me SPAM. The latest ones have
been promoting FREE 3D CAD MODELS of many things. That's something
McMaster has been doing for many years. It seems like they are playing
catch up or throwing a wad of things at the wall to see if anything sticks.

They never did anything to **** me off. They just didn't have a good
price or just didn't have things I needed in the past. As often happens
they just sort of fade out of my awareness until the next SPAM appears
in my inbox. So, I am sure there has to be somebody hear who trades
with them regularly, and I am sure there must be some product lines Reid
is either best price or best inventoried in. They must have some area
they are strong in. What is it?

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On 1/21/2021 9:09 AM, Bob La Londe wrote:
A long time ago I might have purchased a few things from Reid Supply. I
am on their mailing list and SPAM list. On most things I price checked
they cost more than McMaster, so I kind of forgot about them until some
years back they were bought out by somebody and were going to do
business under a new name. I price checked a few items I buy regularly
from MSC or McMaster and I seem to recall they didn't have some, and
they were higher priced on some, and I forgot about them again.

Well Reid Supply is doing business under a Reid Supply again (its been a
year or two now) and they keep sending me SPAM. The latest ones have
been promoting FREE 3D CAD MODELS of many things. That's something
McMaster has been doing for many years. It seems like they are playing
catch up or throwing a wad of things at the wall to see if anything

sticks.

They never did anything to **** me off. They just didn't have a good
price or just didn't have things I needed in the past. As often happens
they just sort of fade out of my awareness until the next SPAM appears
in my inbox. So, I am sure there has to be somebody hear who trades
with them regularly, and I am sure there must be some product lines Reid
is either best price or best inventoried in. They must have some area
they are strong in. What is it?




Ugh! Their website does one thing I absolutely despise. If they don't
have what you are searching for it shows hundreds of items that aren't
what you are looking for.

"Do you have any tool steel?"

"Would you like to buy some frozen chickens?"

Fawwwk!


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On Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:19:40 -0700
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"Do you have any tool steel?"

"Would you like to buy some frozen chickens?"

Fawwwk!


Just like searching on youtube

I've been gathering an odd list to try ordering from Zoro:

http://www.ebaystores.com/Zoro-Tools/

Compared a couple items (exact matches) to Reid, which had them for over
2x higher...

You tried Zoro via Ebay yet?

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On 1/21/2021 2:02 PM, Leon Fisk wrote:
On Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:19:40 -0700
Bob La Londe wrote:

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"Do you have any tool steel?"

"Would you like to buy some frozen chickens?"

Fawwwk!


Just like searching on youtube

I've been gathering an odd list to try ordering from Zoro:

http://www.ebaystores.com/Zoro-Tools/

Compared a couple items (exact matches) to Reid, which had them for over
2x higher...

You tried Zoro via Ebay yet?


Zoro is just Grainger rebranded. I have reason to dislike Grainger, but
if they were the only vendor on the planet who had what I needed I'd by
from them. Typically Zoro pricing is better than the list price from
MSC, but the business price is almost always cheaper at MSC.

MSC sells on ebay too, and sometimes their Ebay price is better than the
business price on their website, but I just about always get free
shipping on the website, so its cheaper on the website.

FYI: In case you didn't know Zoro is free shipping on 99% of things if
the order is over $50, so make sure Ebay isn't costing you more net.

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On Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:31:12 -0700
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Zoro is just Grainger rebranded. I have reason to dislike Grainger, but
if they were the only vendor on the planet who had what I needed I'd by
from them. Typically Zoro pricing is better than the list price from
MSC, but the business price is almost always cheaper at MSC.

MSC sells on ebay too, and sometimes their Ebay price is better than the
business price on their website, but I just about always get free
shipping on the website, so its cheaper on the website.

FYI: In case you didn't know Zoro is free shipping on 99% of things if
the order is over $50, so make sure Ebay isn't costing you more net.


Yeah, Grainger prices suck for us common folk...

Just ran several items comparing between Ebay and their own Zoro site.
Same prices and shipping. Seems it went up to $75 now. Which don't
surprise me. Shipping prices, times and quality are severely lacking
nowadays

I had heard the Grainger = Zoro before but hadn't actually checked into
it. Seems to be thus though after some searching...

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.... Zoro ...
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A neighbor recently bought some "unavailable" Sears Kenmore appliance parts
from Zoro.

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On 21/01/2021 21:02, Leon Fisk wrote:
On Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:19:40 -0700
Bob La Londe wrote:

snip
"Do you have any tool steel?"

"Would you like to buy some frozen chickens?"

Fawwwk!

Just like searching on youtube

I've been gathering an odd list to try ordering from Zoro:

http://www.ebaystores.com/Zoro-Tools/

Compared a couple items (exact matches) to Reid, which had them for over
2x higher...

You tried Zoro via Ebay yet?

I've ordered from UK Zoro from their website and ebay, ebay was fine but
I'm suspicious of the website. I ordered some parts from their website
as the price bettered anyone else by quite a bit and the items come in
packs of 2 from SMC, I ordered 10 off. I later checked again and the
price had gone up to normal market price and the order quantity was 10,
other similar parts from SMC sold by Zoro on the website were still
listed as 2 off quantity. I wonder if they have some sort of tracking
software and offered a teaser price on a first order.

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Bob La Londe writes:

Ugh! [Reid SUpply] website does one thing I absolutely despise. If
they don't have what you are searching for it shows hundreds of
items that aren't what you are looking for.

"Do you have any tool steel?"

"Would you like to buy some frozen chickens?"

Fawwwk!


Happens in Real Life(tm). I once went into a metal supplier, asked
for (I forget the number, 6000 maybe?) pure aluminum 1/16" sheet.
explained at length that I would be hand-working it and needed the
softest, most malleable, most ductile material possible.

After checking inventory, the Guy replied that they had none in stock
but suggested that they sell me this other alloy of which they had
plenty. I pointed out that it was the alloy used for ship hulls and
dump truck boxes, the most deformation-refractory one in the list.

His reply? "Availability has to be worth *something*, doesn't it?"


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Bob La Londe wrote:
On 1/21/2021 2:02 PM, Leon Fisk wrote:
On Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:19:40 -0700
Bob La Londe wrote:

snip
"Do you have any tool steel?"

"Would you like to buy some frozen chickens?"

Fawwwk!


Just like searching on youtube

I've been gathering an odd list to try ordering from Zoro:

http://www.ebaystores.com/Zoro-Tools/

Compared a couple items (exact matches) to Reid, which had them for over
2x higher...

You tried Zoro via Ebay yet?


Zoro is just Grainger rebranded. I have reason to dislike Grainger, but
if they were the only vendor on the planet who had what I needed I'd by
from them. Typically Zoro pricing is better than the list price from
MSC, but the business price is almost always cheaper at MSC.


I use zoro for lots of stuff since Enco went away and they're really good
to deal with. If you rack up $50 or whatever the minimum is, you get
reasonable speed free shipping. Sometimes you can even key in grainger
part numbers and pay like half the grainger price. Their web/phone
support is top notch as well. Their hand tool selection and prices are
excellent.

If I need a part tomorrow, I'll will call at grainger, but most stuff can
just wait.
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On 1/21/2021 4:35 PM, Mike Spencer wrote:
Bob La Londe writes:

Ugh! [Reid SUpply] website does one thing I absolutely despise. If
they don't have what you are searching for it shows hundreds of
items that aren't what you are looking for.

"Do you have any tool steel?"

"Would you like to buy some frozen chickens?"

Fawwwk!


Happens in Real Life(tm). I once went into a metal supplier, asked
for (I forget the number, 6000 maybe?) pure aluminum 1/16" sheet.
explained at length that I would be hand-working it and needed the
softest, most malleable, most ductile material possible.

After checking inventory, the Guy replied that they had none in stock
but suggested that they sell me this other alloy of which they had
plenty. I pointed out that it was the alloy used for ship hulls and
dump truck boxes, the most deformation-refractory one in the list.

His reply? "Availability has to be worth *something*, doesn't it?"




My experience is limited to a handful, but I've found many local metal
yards don't really know metal all that well.

I've also found some aluminum alloy availability in some forms seems to
be pretty trade limited. I see manufacturers list what I want on their
website, but none of the vendors I have access to have it. A few will
get what I want if I buy a ton. Heck a big order of stock aluminum for
me is only half a ton. I'm at that point where I am considering
building a roller forming machine so I can get 5052 in something other
than sheets. LOL.



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Bob La Londe on Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:19:40 -0700
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Ugh! Their website does one thing I absolutely despise. If they don't
have what you are searching for it shows hundreds of items that aren't
what you are looking for.

"Do you have any tool steel?"

"Would you like to buy some frozen chickens?"

Fawwwk!


The Amazon search engine approach: show anything which might be
related, whether it is even close to what they asked for. I realize
that on occasions I've answer the question "find what you're looking
for?" with a "Not sure what I'm looking for till I see it." Sometimes
you do find "cool stuff" or something else you needed.
But when I am looking for something specific, showing me what is
only peripherally related "doesn't help my showing experience" E.G.,
most recently looking for A4 size paper, including standard Letter
Size options doesn't help.



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Happens in Real Life(tm). I once went into a metal supplier, asked
for (I forget the number, 6000 maybe?) pure aluminum 1/16" sheet.
explained at length that I would be hand-working it and needed the
softest, most malleable, most ductile material possible.

After checking inventory, the Guy replied that they had none in stock
but suggested that they sell me this other alloy of which they had
plenty. I pointed out that it was the alloy used for ship hulls and
dump truck boxes, the most deformation-refractory one in the list.

His reply? "Availability has to be worth *something*, doesn't it?"


Sure is. "Will you take Pesos, because that's what's I have,
'Availability has to be worth *something*, doesn't it?'."
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Happens in Real Life(tm). I once went into a metal supplier, asked
for (I forget the number, 6000 maybe?) pure aluminum 1/16" sheet.
explained at length that I would be hand-working it and needed the
softest, most malleable, most ductile material possible.

After checking inventory, the Guy replied that they had none in stock
but suggested that they sell me this other alloy of which they had
plenty. I pointed out that it was the alloy used for ship hulls and
dump truck boxes, the most deformation-refractory one in the list.

His reply? "Availability has to be worth *something*, doesn't it?"


Sure is. "Will you take Pesos, because that's what's I have,
'Availability has to be worth *something*, doesn't it?'."
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Mike Spencer on 21 Jan 2021 19:35:16
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Happens in Real Life(tm). I once went into a metal supplier, asked
for (I forget the number, 6000 maybe?) pure aluminum 1/16" sheet.
explained at length that I would be hand-working it and needed the
softest, most malleable, most ductile material possible.

After checking inventory, the Guy replied that they had none in stock
but suggested that they sell me this other alloy of which they had
plenty. I pointed out that it was the alloy used for ship hulls and
dump truck boxes, the most deformation-refractory one in the list.

His reply? "Availability has to be worth *something*, doesn't it?"


Sure is. "Will you take Pesos, because that's what's I have,
'Availability has to be worth *something*, doesn't it?'."


"I'm sure your inflamed appendix is very painful and it's distressing
that it may rupture at any moment but I'm an orthopedic surgeon so I
can replace your hip joint if you like. Availablity has to worth
something."


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On Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:47:45 PM UTC-5, Leon Fisk wrote:
On Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:31:12 -0700
Bob La Londe wrote:

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Zoro is just Grainger rebranded. I have reason to dislike Grainger, but
if they were the only vendor on the planet who had what I needed I'd by
from them. Typically Zoro pricing is better than the list price from
MSC, but the business price is almost always cheaper at MSC.

MSC sells on ebay too, and sometimes their Ebay price is better than the
business price on their website, but I just about always get free
shipping on the website, so its cheaper on the website.

FYI: In case you didn't know Zoro is free shipping on 99% of things if
the order is over $50, so make sure Ebay isn't costing you more net.

Yeah, Grainger prices suck for us common folk...

Just ran several items comparing between Ebay and their own Zoro site.
Same prices and shipping. Seems it went up to $75 now. Which don't
surprise me. Shipping prices, times and quality are severely lacking
nowadays


Big prices can help organize workers in these more serious corporate places like they did with UPS and are trying to do with Amazon and FedEx (US).
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