Originally Posted by Brushjockey
Calm down sds-- I actually buy stuff from a box too- I get my Zinsser primers, cleaners sometimes as mentioned above, other stuff ( usually Menards.)
But finish paint, not so much...
And I'll skip on the fish too..
Don't be such a hater! lol
I wouldn't hate them so much if they gave back to the communities they serve like little stores used to do. Instead they sponsor Nascar instead of the local little league teams. When a community needs a donation of building materials it is still the independents that step in, never a box store. They keep their employees under full time status to avoid having to pay decent health insurance for families and they let our public health system pick up what slack it can. They cut deals with cities and don't pay fair shares of property taxes for things like police and fire. And the fact they sell a lot of junkie, foreign made stuff is actually quite low on my list of peeves.
Once they put all the real stores out of business they will be all that is left though and we will then be stuck not only with substandard stuff but at whatever price point they want to charge for it. Will we look back and really be proud of saving $2 if the savings ends up costing us $20 long term? And come on, it is almost cruel the way they toss poorly trained minimum wage help at unwashed masses, just accepting personnel turnover as a cost of doing business. My paint store guys spent careers at my fave Benjamin Moore dealer.
I do understand box store attraction, especially to DIYers. But I will keep crusading for support of freestanding local paint, hardware, electrical and building supply dealers. Mine may be the last generation to have many of them.