I wanted to find out once and for all what determines who McMaster-Carr
sends a catalog to, and when.
Turns out they are operating under goverment decree !
The weight of the catalogs was causing landmass depressions in sections
of the country. Combined with depleted oil resources and mining, the
excess weight was actually causing several large areas of the US to
sink, inches or even feet in some cases. It was determined that the
weight of McMaster-Carr catalogs, along with old copies of the
National geographic, were affecting this problem.
They are still allowed to sent the catalog out, but must distribute
them in an order that will keep the weight ballanced across the USA.
Because this algorithim is not apparent unless you know the exact
current distribution of both the old catalogs, and old National
Geographic copies, the distribution will seem quite random !
Amazing! This makes perfect sense! This MUST be why all the used machine
tools I want are in other parts of the country. It must be quite a job to
keep track of all this - no wonder my taxes are so high.
||> Does anyone have an extra or older McMaster-Carr catalog? A friend of mine||> wants one but the company says they don't print that many new ones. If you||> have one to spare could you let me know the cost?||>
|| Two years ago I spent a little over $11,000 at McMaster-Carr, no
||catalog. This year I spent less than 50 bucks, got a catalog. ????
I've spent less than $30 with them, and I have gotten a catalog last year, and a
new one this year.
Texas Parts Guy
I spent about $10K last year. Asked for a catalog and got a very
nicely worded letter telling me that I did not qualify.
I won't spend that much this year. Maybe I'll ask for a catalog again,
who knows, maybe they'll send it to me.
In 1999 and 2000 I spent nothing with them and they sent me a catalog
both years without me asking for one. Someone ripped those off.
On a related note: I'm located close enough to McMaster-Carr here in
Chicago that I can order stuff at 10:00 AM and have them deliver it
before lunch time.
That's some truly awesome customer service!
I looked at our history with them. We buy a few hundred
dollars worth of fasteners each year (mostly stuff we're
too lazy to look up with Arow Components) and we always
get a free catalog.
If you're in the SF bay area and you order from
the LA warehouse with ground delivery, it comes
overnight. Rumor has it that UPS fills a truck
at the McMaster warehouse every evening and drives
it straight to the bay area distribution center so
it can be on the delivery truck the next morning.
I completely agree. Their web page and online catalog are the best that
If you really want a paper catalog, find a buddy that works at a major big
name company and have him request one using his company address and email.
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