The real lesson here is that McMaster-Carr (thanks for the reminder
about them!) is missing the boat: they should _sell_ the blasted
catalogs and credit the cost after a certain number of orders and/or
account total, for repeat customers, etc.
Since M-C does not send them to just anyone, I've seen people pay lots
for current and vintage ones (on ebay). I figure I'd offer these old
ones to cover postage and the trips to the PO if anyone wants them.
But since nobody is giving me an offer, maybe I'll toss 'em too.
When I first started my company, I couldn't get them to send me one either.
Every time I requested one (with an order) they told me they were out, but
I'd get one soon. After nearly a year of this, I told them that Grainger
probably had a catalog I could use. Within a week, I had 2. Now I get 2 more
BTW, I wasn't trying to be a jerk, I really was surprised. I figured with
the internet so handy, I was the only one left that liked to use the paper
I use an old paper version to keep track of current orders. Since many
people are requesting orders, we have to be careful not to order the
same thing twice. When someone orders something, the print it out or
cut it out of the book and post it on a bulletin board. When you want
to order something, you look on the board to see if someone has already
ordered it. The nice thing about cutting it out of the catalog is that
you can tell if the product has already been ordered by seeing it's
absence from the page.
The MCM website is getting better all the time. You can display previous
orders up to one year old, look at the line items, and re-order stuff
without entering the P/N again. That said, I still think the printed
tome is useful too. MCM is one fanntastic company -- i just wish
everything were run as efficiently.
I use them quite frequently. It's kinda funny, I live 30 minutes from a
Grainger warehouse. If I order from them, I get it in about 3 days. I live 8
hours from MCM, and I get orders from them the next day. Go figure.
Seems kind of crazy to me too - but I did a quick search on ebay and
here's what I found:
At the time of this posting - there are 7 bids and it's up to $57.56
with 1 day 1 hour left!
Dang...that is crazy. I have one of those sitting on my catalog shelf
that I can see from where I'm sitting.
Yep, and they routinely go for $70 and up. I finally gave up on #11
and bought a #110 instead.
I keep sending auction results to MMC, suggesting they try selling the
things for about $30 each, but they just don't get it.
(Unless the people in their catalog department are the ones selling
them on Ebay..)
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About a year ago, there was a lot of discussion about these catalogs
and it seemed lots of people wanted them. I don't think they're good
for ordering (older ones), but I find them useful to look through
because I don't have years of experience to know what's there. So, if
I want to learn about the thousands of different kinds of screws, for
example, I just look through the book. It's very easy to read and
learn. For ordering, that's an online thing.
I thought if anyone was interested in old ones for this purpose, they
can have mine. But I'm income-free these days, and it costs just to
get to the PO and ship 'em. Anyway, apparently all those people who
wanted catalogs whenever that thread was active (last year?) have gone
elsewhere, or maybe just upgraded to DSL.
That is nuts! I mean, think of all the cool stuff you could buy with
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