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#159347 - 12/12/06 07:15 PM Wholesalers....
u2slow Offline

Registered: 09/18/03
Posts: 198
Loc: Salt Spring, BC, Canada
I've started out on my own this year.

What I'm having troubles with is getting decent pricing from electrical wholesalers. Even after setting up an account.

Home Depot, a lighting wholesaler, and an industrial supplier all have better prices, and usually better QOH. What's going on? Is this the norm nowadays?

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#159348 - 12/13/06 03:58 AM Re: Wholesalers....
Sparks30 Offline

Registered: 03/23/02
Posts: 125
Loc: Connecticut.usa
After a time you wil get etter prices. They need to see if you pay the bll every month, and how much you spend. They are nornally the oppisite of credit card companies.

#159349 - 12/13/06 08:51 AM Re: Wholesalers....
Tiger Offline

Registered: 05/04/05
Posts: 714
Loc: Crystal Lake, IL USA
Hardware stores have better prices on very limited stock. Get used to the idea of doing business with both. Don't beat up the electrical suppliers over price. They offer service when you need it & usually deliver. We'll all be in trouble if they go out of business & leave us with the hardware stores.


#159350 - 12/13/06 09:54 PM Re: Wholesalers....
trevman Offline

Registered: 08/17/05
Posts: 47
Loc: canada
I noticed the same but if you keep track and tell the suppliers about the prices and pay your bills on time they will re adjust.
I have been trying to do most of my purchasing from the same place that has also seemed to help.the squeeky wheel gets the grease so dont be afraid to bitch about prices that are to high. thats been my exp so far.

#159351 - 12/13/06 11:52 PM Re: Wholesalers....
u2slow Offline

Registered: 09/18/03
Posts: 198
Loc: Salt Spring, BC, Canada
Thanks for the insight!

I think perhaps I was a little too trusting of their price structure. I am keeping track now I'm already using one electrical supplier since I figured it would help my pricing.

Getting paid isn't even their concern. They provided a limited charge account, but I treat it as a cash account.

We all have to be competitive to stay in business.

#159352 - 12/14/06 07:13 PM Re: Wholesalers....
sparky 134 Offline

Registered: 09/04/04
Posts: 92
Loc: Joliet, Il, USA
I would say 95% of my material comes from one supply house. However, when it comes to lighting I will shop three different supply houses.

I rarely buy things from the big box stores. If I am on a jobsite and I need a common item I will find the closest big box.

Also, my supply house gives me a 2% discount if I pay my bill in full by the 10th day of the next month. Might not seem like a lot but it adds up. I also pay my bills by credit card which earns me some reward points.


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