this is what i want to order but shipping is too much...doubles price of item
RIDGID Hose To Drain Adapter
Model # VT2519
Internet # 202441732
Most items can be shipped to the store for free, including this one. Home Depot, asks you to 'Select a Store', and one of the reasons for this is so they can check the inventory of that store at that time, to check if an items is stocked there AND to check IF it's in stock or not.
If you will look just below the price of the item listed, they usually offer 2 or 3 options.
Ship to home for free (with a $45 minimum order) or if your item is already over the $45 price point, ship to home for free.
Ship to the store for free (almost every item can be shipped to the store for free regardless of the price point, if it's not a normal stocked item..
Or, pick up in store today, meaning they have at least one in stock at the time you opened up that particular page. If you will look below the PayPal logo, they will actually show you the inventory count that the 'selected' store has in stock at the time the page was opened or last refreshed. If you need 10 of the item and they have 2 in stock, then you know they do not have enough of what ever it is you want - UP FRONT (a feature I personally like a lot).
I do agree that shipping items to home is another money maker for them, but it doesn't make them as much as most people think it does.
When you consider they have to have an employee go find the item in their warehouse, bring it back to the shipping department, find a box or package envelope that it will fit into and arrive safely to you with all the abuse that USPS or UPS or FecEx etc.. will give it during the shipping process, pack the items (bubble wrap isn't free), seal up the package, print out labels, process the shipment through what ever service is used to get it to you, the actual cost of shipping it to you, Social Security taxes that the employer HAS to match, medical insurance (hopefully), warehouse space (space costs money - bank note payments, property taxes etc..), electric, warehouse lighting, heat, water, even bathroom supplies for the employees have to be considered (they sure are not free to them)... the costs of shipping even small items is pretty expensive to them.
In Home Depots' case, they figure they can 'eat' all of those expenses as long at the item is sold for $45 or more (gives you an idea of the profit margin they are making on items). For items under that price point, they are just not making enough profit to be able to absorb the shipping costs and stay a viable business.
Being the 'tight wad' that I am, IF the item is something I need, I often will look for other items that I need, especially if they are on sale (sign of a true tight wad LOL), to help defray the cost of shipping over several items or to get what I want, shipped free, by making their minimum price point to qualify for free shipping, or look at other retailers for other options available.
NO- I DO NOT work for Home Depot, never have in the past either. I used to be in business for myself until disability took me out, and understand a bit of how this works is all...
BTW, I agree with others, this item (hose to drain adapter) SHOULD BE A STOCKED ITEM!!! Not everyone can forecast a situation where they would NEED this adapter, but when they need it, they NEED it NOW, not a week or so in the future... HD would sell a lot more of these if they stocked them in their stores.
Hope this helps some.....
Date published: 2015-09-20