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Old 07-13-2011, 09:46 PM   #1
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Bostich F28WW Nailer

$199 at big box store. $289 and $299 at two local suppliers. Which of the following could be true?

1. Big box store is taking a loss;
2. Local retailers have a HUGE markup;
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3. There are 2 versions or variations of the same model.

Any thoughts on the price variation?

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The same reason a little store has to charge more for a box of Kleenex than Wal-mart.

Depot buys thousands of nail guns---the local lumber yard might order two or three--who do you think gets them at a lower cost?

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It has been somewhat well established that Wally will lose money on various items simply to hit the lowest price category. Wonder if the same is true for home centers?
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They pay their stock holders a nice dividend each year---I doubt if they give much away.
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So in theory, a purchase from a local supplier generates a larger margin for the manufacturer (Bostich).
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Sad but true----It's hell being a small retailer these days. Often the 'wholesale' price to a small shop is higher than the retail price at a giant store.

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i have sold products to big box stores, if you think they are taking a loss on anything you are seriously mistaken. Even when stuff was but on clearance, we had to give them "markdown money" to make up the difference
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Bostich F28WW Nailer

$199 at big box store. $289 and $299 at two local suppliers. Which of the following could be true?

1. Big box store is taking a loss;
2. Local retailers have a HUGE markup;
Or
3. There are 2 versions or variations of the same model.

Any thoughts on the price variation?
you forgot option #4. Manufacturer charges Bix Box Store 30% less for the item to begin with
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you forgot option #4. Manufacturer charges Bix Box Store 30% less for the item to begin with
Oh'Mike beat you on that point in post #2.
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i have sold products to big box stores, if you think they are taking a loss on anything you are seriously mistaken. Even when stuff was but on clearance, we had to give them "markdown money" to make up the difference
Let's use the nailer as an example. If a box store were to realize a 5% loss on the nailer, but could realize a 50% gain on the nails needed to feed the nailer, then that's a pretty good scenario. Kind of like the Wal-Mart model.

Are you saying this could never happen at Lowes or Home Depot?
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Oh'Mike beat you on that point in post #2.
I usually don't read a word that guy says, half of it is lies, and the other half is untrue. Me on the otherhand: I am almost perfect, most of the time
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I usually don't read a word that guy says, half of it is lies, and the other half is untrue. Me on the otherhand: I am almost perfect, most of the time

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You do not.... Argh ... I mean, Mike for President.
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Let's use the nailer as an example. If a box store were to realize a 5% loss on the nailer, but could realize a 50% gain on the nails needed to feed the nailer, then that's a pretty good scenario. Kind of like the Wal-Mart model.

Are you saying this could never happen at Lowes or Home Depot?
That's EXACTLY what I am saying.

HD or Lowes WILL be willing to make LESS PROFIT on the tool with the understanding that they will make more on the consumables ( the nail in this example), but there is simply no reason for them to give up prime realestate to purposely take a loss on any item, especially when they can just pressure the manufacturer to lower their cost or be replaced by a competitor. They look at every item SKU by SKU. If an item doesn't have enough turns, and generate enough profit, they get rid of it. there are certain deparments where they will accept less profit ( power tools is one of them for sure).

The manufacturers and mom and pop stores might tell you that these guys take a loss on certain items, but I can tell you from first hand experiance that it simply doesn't happen.

clearance is the only expection, and even then they will often get money back from the vendor, and most seasonal type items have "markdown money" written right into the sales contract

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