Yeah, I dwell on stuff. That's part of the learning process and
it helps me devise stuff perfectly suited to my situation. For
example... Nobody else would have devised this monitor hang
adjuster for me, shown on my page.
I get a kick out of using that beautifully simple thing,
Try amazonsupply (they used to be smallparts.com).
But McMaster is pretty good overall, especially the CAD model
integration and search engine (and their fulfilment). Bad points are
that they won't export to small guys and they hide the real
manufacturer of almost all the stuff they sell (usually, not always,
it's good stuff though).
You can get a really wide range of stuff next day for a fairly
reasonable price. We place multiple orders every week with them.
yes, I do not like that McMaster doesn't tell you the mfgr. either.
However, at least for drill bits, taps, etc. I have not yet been
disappointed by poor quality, so there's that too (I think the last
tap I ordered was Greenlee, not sure about drill bits. I think
I've not been disappointed with their cutting tools, and after my last
experience with K*C's service (never got the product, so can't
compare)... don't feel like trying too hard.
One issue with them hiding the manufacturer is that it's impossible to
see what the detailed specifications and caveats really are on complex
items- you're stuck with their very limited description and a few
specs. Even Harbor Freight lets you download the manual so you can get
a better idea if it will do what you want. But if they gave you the
real manufacturer's part number it would make it easier to shop around
I guess.. still I don't think most commercial customers would bother..
it's more important to get the stuff quickly at a reasonable price
than to get rock bottom pricing.
If you really have such demanding requirements, there is the <gasp!>
If you're just like most, the most likely purpose is essentially that of
those who use Best Buy/local retailer as a showroom then go online and
let the brick'n mortar place eat the inventory and storefront overhead.
Not exactly straight-up.
McMaster-Carr doesn't provide a specific manufacturer on generic items
because they buy in bulk from multiple suppliers and resell; it would be
yet another overhead cost to add yet another layer of bookkeeping and
database management to the cogs.
IMO, if you want a particular manufacturer, find a distributor that
rep's that manufactuer; don't blame the general distributor that makes
no claims other than a general specification.
Sure- amazon. Of course they don't have the selection, the quality,
or the knowledge. . . . customer service wise, they might be equal.
. . shipping is a little slower on amazon. . . but they have a
snazzy website, so that should do it.
Actually, looks like there are a few other possibilities that
stock some of the same products, for significantly less money.
In other words... You're a fan boy that cannot shop anyplace else.
Having someone hold your hand is better than finding your way on
your own. Don't run so fast Johnny! You might fall and hurt
yourself! Shopping elsewhere is just too difficult.
That's the way it is, doing things differently is annoying when
you are set in your ways. That is especially true with computer
stuff. Once you learn it, you don't want to change.
Not having some strange seemingly arbitrary limit on browsing
might do it. But apparently I can get the same quality aluminum
stock much cheaper elsewhere, so the effort is not wasted. There
is little need for technical help ordering pieces of aluminum.
So there's no comparable place to shop, in your opinion? I guess
you don't do comparison shopping, then.
"Don't rock the boat, baby!"
That you haven't experienced the same is practically meaningless.
Maybe you click slow as molasses. Anyway... I provided a quote of
the error message. Take a look.
Doug Miller <doug_at_milmac_dot_com example.com> wrote:
Goodness John, all this rhetoric simply to tell the world what an
exceedingly rapid clicker you are?
Is this an exercise in ego building? To demonstrate that you actually
click faster then the average?
What is next? A tryout on the Guinness World Records, in the fast
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