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Old 08-14-2015, 09:45 PM
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Needed to buy a 8000w 10 circuit transfer switch for a generator project at my vacation home.

Figured out what would work and then got on the web to find the switch. My challenge was that I needed to have the switch by next Thursday at the latest, flying out early Friday morning.

The usual generator sites could all sell me the switch, but delivery would be late next week, unless I wanted expedited shipping for $126.00 then I could expect it by next Tuesday or Wednesday.

Home Depot had the switch on their site, but not in the local store, expected delivery time 8 to 10 days and I would have to pick it up at the store.

At 11:30 AM today, I thought I would look for my switch on Amazon...wow, there it was and even a few dollars less than everywhere else. Clicked it into my cart, requested same day delivery and the switch was sitting at my front door at 3:30 PM same day.

Boy am I glad I am not in retail!!!
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I'm a big fan of Amazon Prime...two day shipping - I even get stuff on Saturday and Sunday!
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I just recently experienced my very first problem with a seller on Amazon. I ordered 3 shirts. Only one was delivered. I tried to solve the problem directly from my email to the seller's email. They jerked me around for weeks before ceasing all contact.

Fine. I contacted Amazon and within 72 hours I was issued a refund for 2 of the 3 shirts.

Amazon rocks! Rather, Amazon Prime rocks. I have decided to not purchase anything that is not offered via Amazon Prime. You should do whatever works for you.

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Forgot to mention, I am Amazon Prime and the same day delivery was FREE!

Even if the item was at a local store, why would I go out in the Texas heat a sweat my bsss off, when they will deliver it to my door in a few hours.
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Spooky is right.

I buy corner glass shelves with mounts from a local guy who makes them and then sends them to be tempered. 50 bucks a piece.

Found them on Amazon, 13.98 a piece with brackets.

Ordered 5 just after noon, they were at my door at 6:30pm that night.

Still can't believe it.
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Amazon prime is reading my mind.....

I love it but hate it.
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i do just about all of my shopping online these days. I can't stand going to walmart or the likes. I can't find anything. The employees don't know or care. I can get stuff in 2 days with only clicking a few buttons.
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Got my first Amazon Pantry box yesterday...f' pushing a shopping cart around anymore
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I was thinking about cuttingng the grass but Amazon just did it for me, Amazon rocks!!
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^^^ My old boss bought an roomba-like electric lawnmower from Amazon like 10 years ago lol
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Originally Posted by Alureing View Post
I was thinking about cuttingng the grass but Amazon just did it for me, Amazon rocks!!
Did they use the drones?
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Originally Posted by maitman99 View Post
Needed to buy a 8000w 10 circuit transfer switch for a generator project at my vacation home.

Figured out what would work and then got on the web to find the switch. My challenge was that I needed to have the switch by next Thursday at the latest, flying out early Friday morning.

The usual generator sites could all sell me the switch, but delivery would be late next week, unless I wanted expedited shipping for $126.00 then I could expect it by next Tuesday or Wednesday.

Home Depot had the switch on their site, but not in the local store, expected delivery time 8 to 10 days and I would have to pick it up at the store.

At 11:30 AM today, I thought I would look for my switch on Amazon...wow, there it was and even a few dollars less than everywhere else. Clicked it into my cart, requested same day delivery and the switch was sitting at my front door at 3:30 PM same day.

Boy am I glad I am not in retail!!!
We live 2 miles from a giant Home Depot distribution center. The building is massive, well over a million square feet. If they would have the switch you wanted I would have been happy to pick it up and ship it out to you. Keep that in mind should you need anything in the future. Same goes to anyone else in THT land.
Old 08-16-2015, 06:01 AM
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Originally Posted by RussH View Post
We live 2 miles from a giant Home Depot distribution center. The building is massive, well over a million square feet. If they would have the switch you wanted I would have been happy to pick it up and ship it out to you. Keep that in mind should you need anything in the future. Same goes to anyone else in THT land.
Thank you for your kind offer. I will certainly file this message away and if I have a super emergency on a hard to find item I will send a PM

Thanks
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There is very limited future in traditional retail. At least until shipping costs get to the point where it becomes prohibitive for the likes of Amazon and the manufacturers they deal with can no longer swallow it. Someone, somewhere is paying FedEx and UPS etc because they don't work for "free". You are payin for shipping one way or another.

My family had/has and general store out in the sticks of Northern Michigan for 5 generations now. Back in the 80's when all the big boxes moved within a 30 mile radius my brothers and I could see the handwriting on the wall. Through our buying groups we could compete on price no problem but the issue was inventory. We could for instance, sell a Wilson basketball at the same price as Wally World but where we had turnover to support carrying maybe 3 different basketballs, Wally could carry 15 varieties.
On basic day to day items like Campbells soup, they would beat the heck out of us selling "commodity" type items like that for 15-20% below cost. They had the leverage with the manufacturer to wring every last 1/10 of a cent out of them, "sell it to us at $.225 per can or we go somewhere else" type of thing.

What we did was focus our business on things that require a "value added" component to a given piece of merchandise that the big boys didn't have the expertise to provide......and mark my words, there is very very little expertise in any of those stores. We concentrated on things that we could provide a value over and above the cost of the actual product. We added custom meat packaging and processing. Started shipping meat products through wholesale distribution like Sysco, picked up product lines that you simply cannot sell like a can of soup and focused on things that require knowledgeable maintenance and service after the sale. For example, our hardware department is now one of the largest Husqvarna stores east of the Mississippi river.
We morphed the clothing department into higher end high quality brands like Woolrich, Keen, Filson etc and with help from Obama recently, dramatically expanded the gun department.
There is no way for a mom and pop store to survive anymore. ............and that;s a shame because nearly all of them 20-30 years ago paid their employees a wage they could actually live on and support a family with.

Amazon, Ebay and the like have upped the ante on even the BB stores because they have very little brick and mortar type expenses. ...........kinda makes me chuckle to see the shoe on the other foot. All you have to do it look at a 5 year stock chart on these Big Boxes to see what is happening. Sales per store have plateaued or even dropped. They are basically grinding each other to a pulp.
This, as noted above is good for the consumer but the flip side is that Amazon warehouses pay below poverty level wages. There is no way a person working even a solid 40 there every week can support himself let alone a family. So anyone with a decent job winds up paying more taxes because these people at minimum wage (or less) working for Amazon invariably end up on public assistance.

There is a happy medium that can provide good income for employees, stellar service for customers and deliver products at a fair value. I don't think we are there yet...........
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And there was a time when we thought the Post Office would go out of business due to eMail, but lo and behold, the postperson delivered an Amazon box to me today - Sunday.
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Originally Posted by jeffnick View Post
And there was a time when we thought the Post Office would go out of business due to eMail, but lo and behold, the postperson delivered an Amazon box to me today - Sunday.
Talked with a postman that delivered an Amazon box to me a couple of Sundays ago.
Asked him how he liked having to work Sundays and his answer was great. "I am very fortunate to get the opportunity to earn some overtime, the high ups in the Post Office nailed this one"

Think about it....he was probably worried about his future as the daily mail volume continued to drop, now they have a whole new game.
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Originally Posted by chrisjb View Post
Did they use the drones?
Dude how did you know that? After they were done with the lawn I got a pop up for a new mower in my inbox..
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And few if any remember the old food stores where everything was behind the counter.


Now we have Amazon Prime Pantry which is basically the same. You tell them what you want - they put it in a box for you and it shows up at your door.
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I just learned about the 'Amazon Buttons' the other day...now that's spooky!
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Anybody read the recent expose about the working conditions that take place for this stuff to get done? Some of it is insane.

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