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Old 09-14-2014, 08:34 PM   #1
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Buying internet v local store

We will be buying a generator soon, so shall we buy from local business or from a internet business?

Here are my thoughts on the issue:

WHY BUY LOCAL

-support local business so they will be there when you really want them
-support local government (sales tax) so they will have money for our needs
-we (usually) know who we are dealing with and we trust them
-we can return product (mfg warranty) if it does not work

WHY BUY INTERNET
-save money

When I started writing this I was 80% certain that the generator would be bought from a internet business. Now I'm not sure
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Old 09-14-2014, 08:37 PM   #2
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I save money wherever whenever I can. I have found loyalty is overrated
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Old 09-15-2014, 12:07 AM   #3
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Usually buy from internet as saving money is most important....don't think loyalty goes very far. Bought my 2000 generator from Costco for 599. Looks like a Honda 2000 and almost as quiet. Starts first pull.
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Old 09-15-2014, 06:22 AM   #4
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When I was in the market for a Honda EU6500is generator a year ago, I wanted to buy locally, but I could never justify it. I checked with several dealers within 50 miles of me, and they were all quoting me a price close to MSRP, which is $4500 plus tax. Our local sales tax rate in most municipalities around here is ~8.5%, which is close to another $400 on the $4500 generator.

I bought the generator from Max Tool in California for $3789 with no tax and free shipping.
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Old 09-15-2014, 06:30 AM   #5
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IMHO, I would buy it locally unless you are saving tons of money. I always try to buy local as much as possible and branch out further if its unavailable. Internet is my last resort. I am a small town guy and I like that atmosphere. I'm not too excited about Amazon and Walmart becoming the only two shopping choices. In my area too, there is loyalty. I live in a small town and people do remember repeat offenders. I do occasionally buy from Amazon but its only if I can't find something I need here. I'm sure I usually spend a little more, but I don't really care.
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:59 AM   #6
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On-line w/ free shipping/no tax. I live in a small rural community and buying locally means no choices, no competition, and high prices. Its a 40 to 50 mile one way to walmart and lowes and farther to a Sams or Costco. Suspect we buy over 50% of our stuff on line. Amazon and other big on line merchants have easy return policy. They take care of their customers because they want us back, not like the local merchants who think we owe it to them.
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:02 AM   #7
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Wise Sales. Best price on line and free shipping. Easy to deal with and prompt service. Thats where I bought both of my H2000i'.
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Wise Sales. Best price on line and free shipping. Easy to deal with and prompt service. Thats where I bought both of my H2000i'.
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...... They are a brick & mortar retail facility with a service department as well, service tech's very helpful.

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Old 09-15-2014, 08:26 AM   #9
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The answer is different for each of us. For me it depends. I'll save money when I can and I do buy a LOT of stuff from Amazon. But I also like to buy locally. Sometimes that's just a better way to go. And sometimes local retailers can be quite competitive. Is this purchase something can maintain and repair on your own if you need to? Do your homework before making a decision on where to buy.
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If I'm spontaneous or "need it now," I'll buy locally. If I'm looking for the best deal, or if the local guy doesn't have exactly what I want, I buy online...
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