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Old 03-02-2011, 06:35 PM   #1
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Using the Home Depot Bid Room is a great way to find out how much they are marking up each item. Some materials such as 2x4 and drywall have very little to no markup. Others are market up as much as 200%. I would like to create a list of these items with a high markup. Then the next time I am doing a bid room ticket, I will know what to add to the list. Here is what I have seen the biggest markup on...


Saw Blades
Plumbing Supplies
Nails

Any of you guys notice a big markup on any other items?
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Commodity items : no mark-up.
All others : Lift your smock and grab your socks.
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I got into a conversation once with one of those manufacturer reps in HD who was stocking drywall and gold screws. I asked why these damn things now sell for $4.79 a pound now. He told me they sell them to HD for $1.25 a pound.

That is one serious mark up.
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4 5/8 mdf crown is around $1.60lf at HD, my local millworks company sells the exact same stuff for around $0.40 lf
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I requested a bid from HD for 2500 T8 fluorescent tubes.
They called to check on the bid. Told them they were high bidder.

Their answer was, well if we got the bid we would have taken 15% off. I tried explaining that is not how a bid process works.

About a month later they did the same thing on an appliance bid.

Go figure.
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Any kind of hardware.
$2 for an anchor bolt
$.40 for a washer
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Forget the Bid Room, just show them a competitors bid and ask the Manager for a match and beat of 10%.... I used the bid room many times and compared it to other bids and not once has it been the lowest. You have to show them that your smarter than their Corporate Private Jet Flying Suits.
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Any kind of hardware.
$2 for an anchor bolt
$.40 for a washer
At a supply house or commercial yard individual stuff is in a bin.

At the box store it is "conveniently" packaged in odd lots.
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That said, I avoid them as much as possible. I have returned and waited for replacements on way too much junk product. Give me a dollar for every warped 2x and I'll give you ten for each straight one. Bet you'll owe me money
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Forget the bid room , I'll save 10% off any purchase from them everyday .
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That makes you really cool. Congrats. I try to avoid HD at all cost, so I don't do enough volume to be a managed account.
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I've never been to the bid room.

Come to think of it, I've never even been to the contractors desk.

I use local suppliers for as much as I can. I go to HD only when it's close and we need one or two of something.

I used a local company called Brock for years for an assortment of bolts and specialty fasteners, than they were bought out by White Cap, which is now a subsidiary of HD supply...Grrrrr!
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There is a big mark up on sand paper for the floor sanding equipment rentals.
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Box stores suck, if you don't know the prices on mill-work or Composites they will take you to the cleaners there.

Mill-work sucks, not only it's 3-4 times more in price then my lumber yard, the trim is all twisted and split, runs of primer all over it, etc.

Composite and all the other stuff they sell for decks. You put it in a bid room, they give you the price, you fax that to your guy, he beats it, you fax it back to them, they beat again, you fax it back to your guy, he cries but beats it again... There is such a huge mark-up on all this, its a highway robbery, and this is why they have so much leeway to play this games.

Lumber, you need 10 pc of 2x you have to flip a pile to find a few straight pieces.

The only good thing about them, it's the location, you have 2 stores within 15 minutes of each other. You have HD and Lowes be right around the corner...so if you run short on anything, it's right there Vs. Lumber yards.
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All building materials suppliers do this. I worked at 84 Lumber for a while. There is no money in lumber, a little bit in doors and windows, a lot in trim, and a WHOLE lot in hardware.
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Forget the Bid Room, just show them a competitors bid and ask the Manager for a match and beat of 10%.... I used the bid room many times and compared it to other bids and not once has it been the lowest. You have to show them that your smarter than their Corporate Private Jet Flying Suits.
How would you feel if an owner or a GC took the bid you gave them and showed it to your competition to give them a chance to beat it? Would not be to good on the other foot would it?
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Building a good relationship with your pro desk can help you out a lot. Special order items are only marked up a certain percentage. I can order things that are in stock (20' away) and save 50% or more. I use a decking supply house for a lot of my material but I can order simpson hardware for cheaper then my supplier can buy it for. Regarding the trim and the huge markup on that I was talking to my buddy about that and he said "yea that trim thats $1.40 LF, if you special order it it's only $0.43 LF"

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