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Link Posted: 1/10/2010 7:37:03 PM EST
I have bought some odds and ends from there. If you need quality air tools or anything don't even thingk about it but I have bought a lot of random shit there that is not needed for heavy duty use and saved a shit ton of money.

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Link Posted: 1/10/2010 7:38:12 PM EST
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I have bought some odds and ends from there. If you need quality air tools or anything don't even thingk about it but I have bought a lot of random shit there that is not needed for heavy duty use and saved a shit ton of money.


Their Earthquake series is OK.

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Link Posted: 1/10/2010 7:39:13 PM EST
If you need somthing that is going to see little use harbor freight is great. If you plan to use these tools alot look else wear......Lord knows i have bought a ton of crap from them that i know is either going get lost or stolen.

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Link Posted: 1/10/2010 7:39:43 PM EST
I already get the "Weekly email with members-only savings" for free. IMO - the rest of the features are BS.

Harbor Freight is pretty low rent, disposable stuff. I can't imagine buying a membership to get it. The weekly coupons are free and good enough for me.
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The club is bullshit.

They're testing it out. Basically the sales flyer goes down to once a month.
The weekly flyer is the members deals. If enough people don't join, it goes away.
I predict people won't join because HF's customers are the cheapest bastards on Earth.
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Link Posted: 1/10/2010 7:47:08 PM EST
dont do the club thingy, they always have 20% coupons in the nra magazines and many others


i have bought quite a bit of stuff from them with no problem (mainly handtools)

i did by a corded drill last year for $15 to use for trimming brass, and its still kicking ass
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Link Posted: 1/10/2010 8:11:16 PM EST
I found the ITC to be of no value. Also, the last I checked, it was only available online. I wouldn't buy stuff from HF online unless it is something extremely obscure that I can't get anywhere else. I signed up the one and only time I ever bought something from their website, let it expire the next year.

Anything I buy from HF, I am going to go to the store and look at it in person to decide it's crap worthiness.



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[Last Edit: 1/10/2010 8:19:15 PM EST by gonzo_beyondo]

Originally Posted By fiver:
I found the ITC to be of no value. Also, the last I checked, it was only available online. I wouldn't buy stuff from HF online unless it is something extremely obscure that I can't get anywhere else. I signed up the one and only time I ever bought something from their website, let it expire the next year.

Anything I buy from HF, I am going to go to the store and look at it in person to decide it's crap worthiness.




They're taking a lot of things out of the stores.
HF is changing the way it does things, as well as bringing a more site-to-store model into play.

ETA: I realize this sounds a little too vague, let me expand.
You know how they have 6 drill presses, 12 vices, 4 brakes, 3 lathes, etc...
They're doing away with all that, keeping the cheapest or two cheapest models and the rest will be internet only.

But now, you'll be able to order online and have it shipped to the store.
This will allow you to inspect it and return if not happy.
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Link Posted: 1/10/2010 8:16:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:

The main girl at the one I go to said the club is going over like a fart in church and the whole thing is up in the air at this point. The regular coupons and discounts are supposed to end in favor of the club, but she said no one is joining the club, so who knows?

If that is true nationwide, then the club won't last a year.

I'm pretty sure at this point, that it's already dead in the water...
but HF has some really dense corporate types.
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Link Posted: 1/10/2010 8:19:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By gonzo_beyondo:

Originally Posted By fiver:
I found the ITC to be of no value. Also, the last I checked, it was only available online. I wouldn't buy stuff from HF online unless it is something extremely obscure that I can't get anywhere else. I signed up the one and only time I ever bought something from their website, let it expire the next year.

Anything I buy from HF, I am going to go to the store and look at it in person to decide it's crap worthiness.




They're taking a lot of things out of the stores.
HF is changing the way it does things, as well as bringing a more site-to-store model into play.



The one here seems to be stocking their higher end stuff. Especially air compressors and air tools.

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Link Posted: 1/10/2010 8:20:04 PM EST
Originally Posted By gonzo_beyondo:

Originally Posted By fiver:
I found the ITC to be of no value. Also, the last I checked, it was only available online. I wouldn't buy stuff from HF online unless it is something extremely obscure that I can't get anywhere else. I signed up the one and only time I ever bought something from their website, let it expire the next year.

Anything I buy from HF, I am going to go to the store and look at it in person to decide it's crap worthiness.




They're taking a lot of things out of the stores.
HF is changing the way it does things, as well as bringing a more site-to-store model into play.

ETA: I realize this sounds a little too vague, let me expand.
You know how they have 6 drill presses, 12 vices, 4 brakes, 3 lathes, etc...
They're doing away with all that, keeping the cheapest or two cheapest models and the rest will be internet only.

But now, you'll be able to order online and have it shipped to the store.
This will allow you to inspect it and return if not happy.


Ah, fuck.

Where am I going to be able to get my 3-in-1 lighted magnifying nose hair trimmer / tweezers / keyring now??

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Link Posted: 1/10/2010 8:24:52 PM EST
Well it's news to me that the ITC is new or a trial or something, because I joined it when I ordered some stuff to lay my hardwood floors. That has been at least three, maybe four years ago. And there were plenty of threads over on bt3central about ITC at that time.
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Link Posted: 1/10/2010 8:24:57 PM EST

Originally Posted By Ammo_X_Fuzztone:

Ah, fuck.

Where am I going to be able to get my 3-in-1 lighted magnifying nose hair trimmer / tweezers / keyring now??

More of that stuff is going to take the place of the big tools.

Yes, really.



Originally Posted By jimtash9:

The one here seems to be stocking their higher end stuff. Especially air compressors and air tools.

They must do well in your area.

What I was referring to earlier is the large shop items though, not all tools in general.

Also, HF stocks what it can get. They've been having some pretty awkward supply issues.

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Link Posted: 1/10/2010 8:25:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By fiver:
Well it's news to me that the ITC is new or a trial or something, because I joined it when I ordered some stuff to lay my hardwood floors. That has been at least three, maybe four years ago. And there were plenty of threads over on bt3central about ITC at that time.

They never had it in the stores.
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Link Posted: 1/10/2010 8:27:16 PM EST
Originally Posted By gonzo_beyondo:

Originally Posted By Ammo_X_Fuzztone:

Ah, fuck.

Where am I going to be able to get my 3-in-1 lighted magnifying nose hair trimmer / tweezers / keyring now??

More of that stuff is going to take the place of the big tools.

Yes, really.


I've already noticed the mini-mills and such being phased out in favor of useful shit like 5' tall pot metal sundials.

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Link Posted: 1/10/2010 8:28:25 PM EST
Originally Posted By gonzo_beyondo:

Originally Posted By Ammo_X_Fuzztone:

Ah, fuck.

Where am I going to be able to get my 3-in-1 lighted magnifying nose hair trimmer / tweezers / keyring now??

More of that stuff is going to take the place of the big tools.

Yes, really.



Originally Posted By jimtash9:

The one here seems to be stocking their higher end stuff. Especially air compressors and air tools.

They must do well in your area.

What I was referring to earlier is the large shop items though, not all tools in general.

Also, HF stocks what it can get. They've been having some pretty awkward supply issues.



Agree. Their displays change frequently when they sell out of certain items. Maybe they just got a shipment in of the high end stuff?

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Link Posted: 1/10/2010 8:29:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By gonzo_beyondo:

Originally Posted By fiver:
Well it's news to me that the ITC is new or a trial or something, because I joined it when I ordered some stuff to lay my hardwood floors. That has been at least three, maybe four years ago. And there were plenty of threads over on bt3central about ITC at that time.

They never had it in the stores.

OK. I think I am just misunderstanding what has happened but after reading your other posts I get it now.

The ITC has existed for many years, I even just found an old thread from 2006 about it.

However what is now currently called the ITC is something different than it was in the past, and is ship-to-store.

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Link Posted: 1/11/2010 12:22:34 AM EST

Originally Posted By CWO:
I already get the "Weekly email with members-only savings" for free. IMO - the rest of the features are BS.

Harbor Freight is pretty low rent, disposable stuff. I can't imagine buying a membership to get it. The weekly coupons are free and good enough for me.


Yep, Unless you are buying a lot of tools on a regular basis I don't see the "club" having too many benefits. More importantly if you are buying tools a lot and on the regular you should invest in some better quality gear.
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almost as bad as wal-mart with twice the amount of Chinese horseshit

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Link Posted: 1/11/2010 3:51:11 AM EST

Originally Posted By Ammo_X_Fuzztone:
Originally Posted By gonzo_beyondo:

Originally Posted By Ammo_X_Fuzztone:

Ah, fuck.

Where am I going to be able to get my 3-in-1 lighted magnifying nose hair trimmer / tweezers / keyring now??

More of that stuff is going to take the place of the big tools.

Yes, really.


I've already noticed the mini-mills and such being phased out in favor of useful shit like 5' tall pot metal sundials.


I'd love to be able to find an X3 in the store with ability to use a 20% coupon. 0% lowers would be no problem at that point.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=93885

I'm pretty selective about what I get from HF. I have gotten a air pin nailer. Works great but also sees light use. Just don't use the pins HF sells. Clamps are OK. I can't see joining a club though.
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