McMaster-Carr catalogs

I have a couple of McMaster-Carr catalogs...
#100 (1994) like new condition
#102 (1996) almost like new, some markings on the cover
$15/bo each, and that includes shipping priority in the US.
if interested, email me at azbrunoATyahooDOTcom
Reply to
Bruno
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You're kidding! You mean those books that I throw away every year have value?
Reply to
Dave Lyon
Yes they do. You can easily sell them on eBay for $5-$10 + shipping.
Reply to
Tim Killian
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.
Reply to
Bruno
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 every year.
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 version.
Reply to
Dave Lyon
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.
Reply to
woodworker88
what happens when you need to order the same thing 9 months from now, and you haven't received a new catalog? you save all the little slips of paper back in the catalog?
Reply to
Charles Spitzer
Seems crazy to me too. Especially since a couple clicks on the old 'puter gets me there for basically free! Greg
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Greg O
Seems kind of crazy to me too - but I did a quick search on ebay and here's what I found:
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At the time of this posting - there are 7 bids and it's up to $57.56 with 1 day 1 hour left!
Tillman
Reply to
tillius
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Dang...that is crazy. I have one of those sitting on my catalog shelf that I can see from where I'm sitting. Hmmmmm.... Mike
Reply to
mj
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.
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Tim Killian
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.
Reply to
Dave Lyon
Yep, and they routinely go for $70 and up. I finally gave up on #11 and bought a #110 instead. =20
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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Reply to
Doug Warner
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.
Reply to
Bruno
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That is nuts! I mean, think of all the cool stuff you could buy with that money.
Chris
Reply to
Christopher Tidy
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.
Bill
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Bill Schwab

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