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Lowe’s is closing 51 stores

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by RHJJ, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. drgrant

    drgrant Moderator NES Member

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    Whoever put them up on shelves at a 45 degree angle probably watched that jackass movie..... [rofl]

    -Mike
     

  2. sschevy

    sschevy Instructor Dealer NES Member

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    They killed them because the consumer stopped going to the hometown hardware

    And if everyone keeps throwing their cash to internet based companies 2 thousand miles away many more hometown establishments will also fade away

    Remember this when you need a part for your snowblower or faucet and you have to wait 4 days for delivery

    Keep it local and support small business
     
  3. crazymjb

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    I have no loyalty towards one or the other, but I prefer HD 100 times over.

    Mike
     
  4. Come and take

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    I agree. I try to stear away from big box stores.

    Local Hardware first, then big box store if mom and pop don’t have it.

    Every time I walk into a Lowe’s I swear the employees called out sick or are hiding. A swarm of zombie customers looking for help with no help to be found.
     
  5. drgrant

    drgrant Moderator NES Member

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    Kind of hard to do when the "local" places either dont have what I need/want or sell it at a rape price. And I do try to buy local when I can, but given reality some products are just better sourced online at
    this point.

    -Mike
     
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  6. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA NES Member

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    No opinion of L vs HD. I like blue, so I tend to go to Lowe's more. Really. That's a reason. Plus the store is bigger than the 2 HD's in my area. Or it seems so. Selection is greater.

    As far as this closing, most of those stores are in Canadana. And if a store isn't producing, you close it. Period. Why keep open a store that does s-word??? That's what Sears & K-Mart did for decades.
     
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  7. Boris

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    I like Blue, but local Home Despot has more things.

    They pretty much became the Harbor Freights. Lots of shitty Chinese tools with basically the same prices and no selection. I bought a bunch of hole saws this weekend and most of them burned out on the first hole. It was the only "choice" in HD.
     
  8. J.A.C

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    Sucks all those people will lose their jobs right before the Holidays. I rarely ever speak to someone at HD and I go all the time. At best they might know what aisle the item is you are looking for but ask anything about the item itself and you might as well stare at the item and ask it the same question.
     
  9. Dennis in MA

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    While it is different now, I got hosed by the old Rigid (should be called flaccid) battery tools. Battery gave out and there was no replacing it except at a cost so high that I'd just get another drill. "Sorry" was all I got. "Warranty doesn't cover batteries."

    Threw the tool away. Bought name brand. Six months later, they start life-timing their batteries. Gee, I wonder why?

    They can suck it, Trebeck!
     
  10. Spanz

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    Interest rates are rising, due to the Fed. So new home starts will dwindle. So a Lowes store that is marginal, is going to have a hard time making a go of it in the next year or two.

    Its just common sense...prune the tree when you SEE the limb is damaged.
     
  11. Spanz

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    They are ALL like that. How the heck can a tiny lithium battery made in China cost $99. ??? You KNOW it should be about $20, and you would be ok with them raping you a full $40. But 99 bux????

    And the battery you have is probably FINE, but a little out of balance, so the charger is refusing to charge it.
     
  12. drgrant

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    I refuse to buy power tools at HD or Blowes. There's a local guy that's pretty competitive that has like 2 or 3 lines of stuff...

    Adams tool and nail-
    Home

    The 36V makita saw I bought from them cost a little more than the HD price, but it came with 2 more batteries... so it more than offset the "savings". Plus the guys that work there actually know WTF they're talking about, which helps.

    -Mike
     
  13. qqac

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    It's funny though. Every time I go to a big box store, I see a lot of contractor vehicles in the parking lot, everything from landscapers to finish carpenters specializing in "fine cabinetry" and woodworking. Especially true when there is a Black Friday type sale.
     
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  14. Len-2A Training

    Len-2A Training Instructor Instructor NES Life Member NES Member

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    Seems to be a corporate trend, perhaps to clear the books for the following tax year? When DEC had their first big layoff of engineering folks, we got the word the first week of December, 8000 of us were laid off at that time, mostly folks 40 yo and older who were top earners in their groups.
     
  15. RHJJ

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    Notice I said professionals, not just people in business.
     
  16. headednorth

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    Was going to post pretty much this. My rule of thumb is if I need some advice on something technical, I find the oldest guy I can find there and ask him. A good amount of the time he's a retired tradesman trying to stay active. Other than that, anyone else working there is good for telling me which aisle stuff is in and thats about it. I dont hate on them too much, mostly theyre just somebody that needs a job and you cant expect them to pick up a whole lot of trade related knowledge working there, but if youre needing any kind of project related advice youre going to be SOL mostly.
     
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    is this related to the airplane crappy service thread???
     
  18. Broccoli Iglesias

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    When will they close the Dedhma Lowes?

    That place is a dump with only 2 cash registers.
    Cant find anyone. I think at any point they have 5 employees for the entire store.
    Their tool selection is close to 0.

    HD is 100 times better. More products.
     
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  19. sschevy

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    I do 0% of my shopping online and don’t seem to have that problem, from auto parts to household items I’ve found local places that can get whatever I need at competitive pricing and in some cases better pricing
     
  20. BigTimber

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    Yes and no. I see plenty of my fellow pros at HD. I love my local yard but I’m not passing a homedope for screws or Sheetrock to go to my fav lumber yard. So I’d say it’s more 50/50. Wood, forget it. Hockey stick Central with the indoor lumberyard.
     

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