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    Default Many HomeDepot purchases offer more value than Amazon

    Not sure how many in this forum have signed up or track, Homedepot special buy of the day which are about 25% to 60% lower than regular prices.
    The prices are valid for that day only and If the item is in demand, it becomes out of stock by noon. In last 3 months, I found 6 items suitable and useful to my needs.

    Even for regular items, I use Discover card for Homedepot purchases which gives 10% cash back currently and 5% all the time, which cancels sales tax saving advantage with Amazon. In addition, many of these items are such that you can buy online and pick up from the stores next day and pocket the cash back.

    The best part is that Homedepot online purchases can be returned to stores which is a distinct advantage over Amazon
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    That all sounds good, but Homedepot has the absolute worst customer service, followed by Lowe's, of just about any brick and mortar retail store I can think of. I would gladly pay extra to not have to deal with either of these stores and their rude, incompetent employees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffysdad View Post
    That all sounds good, but Homedepot has the absolute worst customer service, followed by Lowe's, of just about any brick and mortar retail store I can think of. I would gladly pay extra to not have to deal with either of these stores and their rude, incompetent employees.
    Someone's had some bad experiences... lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffysdad View Post
    That all sounds good, but Homedepot has the absolute worst customer service, followed by Lowe's, of just about any brick and mortar retail store I can think of. I would gladly pay extra to not have to deal with either of these stores and their rude, incompetent employees.
    Not here, they're excellent.

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    I find HD to be very inconsistent. Some stored have genuinely helpful people, and others have grumpy ex-contractors that are always jealous of customers.

    Lowes is run by burned out highschool pot heads. But they do have gift cards to maximize 5% earnings.
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    I'm not sure how the last part is a big advantage, considering Amazon will cover the shipping fee for return.
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    Amazon will cover free shipping only if the part is defective. For any other reason, you want to return it e.g. change of mind, they will charge return shipping.

    Lowes offers best value for their "Allen & Roth" make items. Neither HomeDepot nor Menards can match their quality and very reasonable prices.

    For most other items, Lowes is about 7% to 15% more expensive than homedepot, for identical specification item.

    Menards is 1% to 3 % cheaper than HomeDepot.

    Basic items like sheetrock, construction wood etc have near identical prices in all 3 stores.

    I did not get good durability for many items bought at Menards
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    Quote Originally Posted by nishant View Post
    Amazon will cover free shipping only if the part is defective. For any other reason, you want to return it e.g. change of mind, they will charge return shipping.
    I have bought and returned a lot of things (for various reasons) from/to Amazon, each time is free shipping.

    I can't think of anything that Home Depot or Lowes will have that I want to buy.
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    Here is a link from Amazon which are eligible for free return shipping.
    Amazon.com Message

    These categories are not the ones which are most famous for buying from Amazon.
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    Again I bought stuff like electronic parts (PC parts to be exact), lightbulb, etc. I even returned a pair of rechargable battery to Amazon once because of poor performance (very high self discharge rate), free shipping.
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