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    Home Center vs Supply House

    I know people here have said its the same, but I keep having people tell me otherwise. Are the electrical items, even of the same model number, of lesser quality or with tolerance deviations sold at home centers vs what you get at a reputable supply house?
    Our comedian shamelessly joked about a blackout. Talk about dark humor.

    #2
    they are like walmart. many, maybe most, are exactly the same items as are sold for more elsewhere. there are a few things made just for the home center market (and walmart) that are of lower quality to catch a particular price point. for instance, klein makes a line of tools that is of lower quality than their other tools that is sold at home centers.
    Bob

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      #3
      My local SH does not stock BR style 250GFCIs. The home center does but when it fails early, like in two months, no warranty. I ate that one. Not again. Doesn’t matter if they are same or not.
      Tom
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        #4
        Originally posted by ptonsparky View Post
        My local SH does not stock BR style 250GFCIs. The home center does but when it fails early, like in two months, no warranty. I ate that one. Not again. Doesn’t matter if they are same or not.
        I bought two of those spa kits with that breaker years ago. One was DOA, the other failed in a matter of weeks. Never bought them again.


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          #5
          Originally posted by mbrooke View Post
          I know people here have said its the same, but I keep having people tell me otherwise. Are the electrical items, even of the same model number, of lesser quality or with tolerance deviations sold at home centers vs what you get at a reputable supply house?
          I doubt it. To me it's just an urban legend.

          Rob

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            #6
            Originally posted by infinity View Post

            I doubt it. To me it's just an urban legend.
            I agree. Thing is, the major brand stuff at big box typically don't have particularly great prices so that whole theory doesn't really make sense.
            Ethan Brush - East West Electric. NY, WA. MA

            "You can't generalize"

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              #7
              Same stuff, our tools are made by how many factories and sold at how many electrical suppliers. = x amount
              Now how many HD, Lowes, Walmart, etc. stock the tool. = x(x)= more than all the suppliers. So same tool lower cost due to volume.

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                #8
                IMO it's pretty silly to think that a company would separately manufacture a whole set of lower quality tools (but give it the same part number and use the same packaging) just to shave a few cents off the price so that they can sell it cheaper at Big Orange.
                Rob

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by infinity View Post
                  IMO it's pretty silly to think that a company would separately manufacture a whole set of lower quality tools (but give it the same part number and use the same packaging) just to shave a few cents off the price so that they can sell it cheaper at Big Orange.
                  Not so much deliberately, but things that have slight tolerance deviations of defects, ect.
                  Our comedian shamelessly joked about a blackout. Talk about dark humor.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by ptonsparky View Post
                    My local SH does not stock BR style 250GFCIs. The home center does but when it fails early, like in two months, no warranty. I ate that one. Not again. Doesn’t matter if they are same or not.
                    My business is about 55% SH 45% box store. It happened over time with supply houses closing or refusing to stock their shelved with basic products.I find it much easier to return or exchange merchandise purchased from the box store.

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                      #11
                      There are some thing only the big-box stores carry. For example, unless things have changed, the 200a-breaker-in-an-enclosure main-disco package. The suppliers can't even find the catalog number. These guys:

                      https://www.homedepot.com/p/Eaton-20...SEBP/100129150

                      https://www.homedepot.com/p/Eaton-20...200R/205936221

                      https://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-Power...0NRE/100155187
                      Master Electrician
                      Electrical Contractor
                      Richmond, VA

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                        #12
                        Thats a clue.
                        Our comedian shamelessly joked about a blackout. Talk about dark humor.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by brantmacga View Post

                          I bought two of those spa kits with that breaker years ago. One was DOA, the other failed in a matter of weeks. Never bought them again.


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                          I've been using that kit for several years and never had a problem. I've even bought the kit just to get the breaker, no problem there either. I was told by the SH manager that he asked Eaton and it is the same breaker as the individual breakers sold. But now, the SH carries the kit and is cheaper than "big blue" on it.
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by mbrooke View Post
                            Thats a clue.
                            Yes. It means that they are manufactured exclusively for Home Depot.

                            This kind of thing has been going on for a long time. Large tire chains have tires made with their own tread pattern. If you damage one of their tires and go to another dealer that sells that brand and model, that same tire will have the normal factory pattern and will look out of place on your car.

                            Large appliance dealers advertise "if you can find the same model for less we will beat that price and give you $100". Then you find the same exact model for less somewhere else they ask you for the model number. Nope. Different model numbers. Not the same, you lose.

                            Used to be that Kwikset and Schlage were garbage from Bog box stores but it looks like that isn't the case anymore. Probably because they are all made in China now.

                            -Hal

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                              #15
                              So in theory they can control the quality, ie give me the stuff thats slightly out of spec.

                              I know Amazon does things where they will sell a toaster oven without one rack (most don't use it anyways) and mark the price down by 30% over the store.
                              Our comedian shamelessly joked about a blackout. Talk about dark humor.

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