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So i live in a small town, came from the city but been living in a small town for 10 yrs now. I've been doing renos on the house since i bought it. To the point where I'm on a first name base with the guys at the local building yard, i have an account now. Anyway i usually find myself in the city once a week, and sometimes i figure I'll just pop into one of these boxes stores and pickup whatever i need.

Well prices are better than local, but you almost have to set yourself on fire to get anyones attention. And then the staff that you find, if you can find one, don't know jack about anything.

I've done this a few times in the last couple of years, you think i would learn.

Tonight i needed trim, but the lengths were 16', try any find someone to cut that in half good luck. Back to the local store i go,

Just venting here,
 

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I agree. When our local opened in the next town over the help was everywhere almost to the point of annoying. Now I go in and spot a worker at the other end . By the time you reach there they vanished. Also a lot of the products they sell aren't the best quality and manufactured for that store. At least the big orange store. The blue one isn't as bad. I would rather shop at the local little guys any day.
 

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At the orange store this week, I got carded at check out !!? D.O.B verification required to purchase rattlecans?!
Yup, you sure do look like a terrorist. You were bound to blow up something with those cans, right?

It's ridiculous.

I try to support my local store nearly exclusively. I might pay more, but most of the folks know me by name and are always more than happy to help out.

Ben W.
 

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I absolutely detest having to go into the Orange store in Mt Pleasant. Unless you know specifically where the item is you want, you can look forever and of course no one around to help. We dont have a Blue store in MT P. but do have one in Big Rapids. The other one that is Green is in both Mt P and Big Rapids and I much prefer to go into either of these than any of the other "Big Box Stores"
 

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Big box stores are good for certain items but service isn't always one of them. If I need much I call and have the service oriented smaller place deliver it. One thing I have noticed living just off a major highway and driving it every day is how to save money at these places. Save big money is the one slogan. How these people save even more is to haul it themselves. In the process of hauling it home it somehow jumps off the haul vehicle and gets destroyed. Then they get to go back and save even more money. :dancingbanana:
 

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We just went last week to get some things for the new shop. I was looking at the foam board and a guy walked up and ask can I help you? I told him what I was doing and he said go get the small Items you need and when you get back I'll have this ready for you and he pointed us to exactly where the other items were. When we got back they were finishing pulling down all the boards then he walked us thru the check out line and loaded our trailer for us. Plus I got my military 10% discount.
 

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At the orange store this week, I got carded at check out !!? D.O.B verification required to purchase rattlecans?! :loosing_it: :anyone:
Yup! Happened to me recently, everything I was going to buy was left on the checkout counter! I told the clerk why & to pass the reason up the chain of command. Didn't show my ID, it's none of their business! BTW, I'm 62 & gray headed, no way I look under 18 (or whatever). Not the clerks fault, they're just following orders! ~~ Lowell
 

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I went with my dad to get a load of sheetrock for a house we were remodeling. When we drove around back to load up our order, We watched all the yard help walk off from us. Then one fellow came out of the warehouse asked if anyone was helping us and then helped load the sheetrock. My dad asked him if he enjoyed working there and then if he would be interested in learning a trade. Dad gave him his business card and told him call the following Monday. Dad was VP of a printing corporation. He said it is hard to find a good employee and when he saw someone doing a good job doing whatever, he would talk to them about coming to work for him. He said he could train anybody that was willing to work and show initiative.
 

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Yup! Happened to me recently, everything I was going to buy was left on the checkout counter! I told the clerk why & to pass the reason up the chain of command. Didn't show my ID, it's none of their business! BTW, I'm 62 & gray headed, no way I look under 18 (or whatever). Not the clerks fault, they're just following orders! ~~ Lowell
So did I miss something here? You can't buy rattle cans without id ? Geez, if they're going todo something bad, chances are they'll figure out a way to get it.
 

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All the smaller building supply companies have been bought out by the larger outfits here. We still have locally owned discount places that sell mostly seconds and surplus but for mainline building supplies it's large outfits that rule here. HD, and 2 large Canadian outfits Rona and Kent. I find that there are good people in certain sections of all the stores. There are a lot of retired tradesman working at HD who are able to answer specific questions about plumbing and electrical problems for instance. I split my business among them depending on where I get good service for specific items.
 

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In total agreement. The orange store is worst . the blue and jimmie store is a lot beetter but still a problem but I like the military discounts. Our local store is great and prices aren't that far off, especially if you figure time and gas . They also carry items that i needed that big boxes say they have to order or don't stock . My local store carries a lot more and bigger selection of bolts, nuts,washers, lefft handed also and metric .

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I think that locally it is the evening hours that keeps them in business. Most times the service is just not there, but when the lumber yard is closed an hour before you get off work where else do you go. I am always frustrated by the time I get out of the big stores.
 

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One of my pet peeves with the box stores is they stock only fast moving items. If you are fixing repairing and retrofitting they probably won't have some of the pieces needed. Plumbing is the worst, 2000 1/2" 90 copper elbows in stock but try and find a street 45 or such.... My local hardware store may not have 2000 of them but he will have some.....
 

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I ran out of carb cleaner a while back and it was about time for my granddaughter to get out of school. I asked her to run my walley world to pic some up. They wouldn't sell them to her since she is 16.
 
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