... of the gas bottle when I get my new welder.
I stopped by one of the local welding supply shops today to price compare with on-line pricing. I looked at a Miller 212 with a spool gun. His price was a little higher than the on-line pricing, but close. Add on sales tax and its more expensive to buy locally by a couple hundred dollars. Still I might have, but I asked the guy behind the counter about maybe including some consumables like a roll of wire, and he said, "Sometimes its just not worth selling a welder."
Ohh-kay. Selling a welder package you don't even have in stock doesn't sound all that hard to me. Take the customer's money and place the order. Make a phone call when it comes in. Dang. And its a sale where the customer is going to buy a welder anyway, just maybe not from you.
Still, I was polite and let him know I would think about it. I figured I'd take another look on-line to make sure I had it right. Almost all of those selling the 212 packaged with a 3035 are including a large spool of mig wire with it.
I don't know if the local guy didn't know if that was included with the package, if the on-line guys are all throwing it in to sweeten the deal, or if that's one of those little things the local guy charges extra for to try and make back a couple bucks on competing with on-line sales companies.
I guess I'll jsut buy my argon bottle locally so I can get it full, and shop for the best price on a new welder.