Home Depot or Lowe's? Have a preference?

  • ANTiSociaLiNJ...

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    Sep 09, 2016 11:28 PM GMT
    Just curious what others think. Home Depot has been around a lot longer so I was quite loyal to them as a very frequent customer. But to be honest, I find their staff to be incompetent. When I have a question about a project and ask for some guidance nine times out of time the person barely knows more than I do. So I start to lose confidence very fast.

    In comparison, the last several times I've been to Lowe's I found the staff to be excellent. From plumbing, to cement repair work, to garden supplies. The staff at Lowe's has really been on top of their game. Obviously this is just my personal observation. The prices are usually comparable but I think overall Lowe's is just a bit cheaper.

    Any thoughts?
  • ANTiSociaLiNJ...

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    Sep 09, 2016 11:32 PM GMT
    Actually, I stand corrected. According to investopedia.com, Lowe's has been since 1946 and Home Depot was founded in 1978. I had no idea!
  • jeep334

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    Sep 09, 2016 11:39 PM GMT
    I always go to Lowe's. I have always thought Lowe's was a little more pricey but the quality of their products seems superior. And you're right about the staff is over the top with help (most times). I have always heard that the Home Depot is really Homo Depot (at least in my area) although I personally haven't found that be the case. Besides, there are far better places to cruise than in a hardware store.
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    Sep 09, 2016 11:43 PM GMT
    jeep334 saidI have always heard that the Home Depot is really Homo Depot (at least in my area) although I personally haven't found that be the case.


    LOL! I always thought they called it Homo Depot because a lot of gay men seem to be involved in home improvement. I never thought it was cruise-y to the point of getting quick casual sex. But I have found guys checking me out as if I were walking through a gay neighborhood.

    When my boyfriend and I need to go to the hardware store I always ask him, "So, Homo DeepThroat? Or HO's? icon_lol.gif
  • mwolverine

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    Sep 10, 2016 3:13 AM GMT
    I go back and forth.
    A recent major purchase (whole house carpeting) went with HD because Lowes was a mess.
    But other stuff I've gotten at Lowes.

    Then there is Menards, but it's new in town and I've only been there once.
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    Sep 10, 2016 5:10 AM GMT
    Home Depot.....has great help in my locations.

    Great prices and I got my place re carpeted & painted and new light fixtures.

    I was really impressed with all the sales associates.

    I checked out Lows and there was no one there to help me.

    Home Depot won all my business.
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    Sep 10, 2016 5:36 AM GMT
    Home Depot and Lowe's simply contract out the work to random people in the area. I had a neighbor who'd been fired from 2 jobs as a window installer. Then he became one of these people working for Home Depot installing windows. He was my age (mid 50s) and would stay up all night, even during the week, having little parties smoking pot and doing ecstasy. And then he got fired from Home Depot as well.

    Never use Home Depot or Lowe's for the installation of anything.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Sep 10, 2016 6:09 PM GMT
    I am not a property owner so neither store is worth anything to meicon_neutral.gif
  • metta

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    Sep 10, 2016 7:11 PM GMT
    I go to both. I tend to use Home Depot more. The Home Depot web site works better for me and they are often times cheaper.

    I had trouble with the Lowe's web site not taking on large orders (over 100 items). I did get things like new doors, sprinklers, and garden products for my mom's home, as we have been redoing it the last couple of years. The shipping charge for some items only makes sense for large orders, with a $70 flat fee (last time I did it).
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    Sep 11, 2016 9:34 AM GMT
    You may want to ask some lesbian, this is their thing icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 11, 2016 2:11 PM GMT
    jeep334 saidI always go to Lowe's. I have always thought Lowe's was a little more pricey but the quality of their products seems superior. And you're right about the staff is over the top with help (most times). I have always heard that the Home Depot is really Homo Depot (at least in my area) although I personally haven't found that be the case. Besides, there are far better places to cruise than in a hardware store.


    I find just the opposite (on quality of products). Also, Lowes often seems not to have many products they ought to.
    I find Lowes' lumber to be of poor quality (if they have it at all). Staff not very knowledgeable .

    I find that in recent years, Homo Depot has made great strides in getting more staff, and getting them to be actually helpful (The usual question is - Where is X product located?)
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    Sep 11, 2016 7:00 PM GMT
    HikerSkier said
    jeep334 saidI always go to Lowe's. I have always thought Lowe's was a little more pricey but the quality of their products seems superior. And you're right about the staff is over the top with help (most times). I have always heard that the Home Depot is really Homo Depot (at least in my area) although I personally haven't found that be the case. Besides, there are far better places to cruise than in a hardware store.
    I find just the opposite (on quality of products). Also, Lowes often seems not to have many products they ought to. I find Lowes' lumber to be of poor quality (if they have it at all). Staff not very knowledgeable. I find that in recent years, Homo Depot has made great strides in getting more staff, and getting them to be actually helpful (The usual question is - Where is X product located?)

    Translation: each store is different and it depends on the management of each store.
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    Sep 11, 2016 7:54 PM GMT
    A current project is re-plumbing an older house with pex and I am finding homeDepot to be very expensive. I use a proper plumbing supply outfit and they have all the fittings and parts to complete the whole job. Nice to talk to a counter person who knows more than i do, they will mend your ways if your on the wrong track. They have better tools for sale; like a diamond sawzall blade to cut cast iron. Otherwise you spend all day wrestling with the junk. Your whole order is waiting at the counter for you and costing less than homeDepot.

    The homeDepot irrigation sprinkler selection is low quality, expensive and limited. Again i use a local supply company.

    HomeDepot fixtures (sinks, lighting) are ugly and better to be found at Lowes. I did buy a steel bath tub + parts at homeDepot with success but bought a Lowes hot water heater that was junk. Go figure. I still buy a lot of things at homeDepot as there are no urban Denver Lowes locations and have to drive out to the burbs. Retail stores are on the gridlocked highways. The odd plumbing supply is located in the warehouse district. Just lock your vehicle and you will be good.

    i bought three new appliances at homoDepot this year and got phucked each time. Delight. Didnt try Lowes but have gone back to buying used reconditioned appliances with better luck.

    Working retail is rough and when the great recession ended in 2011 all the trades people were re employed.
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    Sep 12, 2016 12:49 AM GMT
    I've moved a lot and no matter where I lived Lowes was always further, more inconvenient, so I always opt for Home Depot despite the superficial superiority of Lowes' products.

    Only once did I ever see a Home Depot and Lowes across the street from each other, as you often find MacDonalds and Burger King.

  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 12, 2016 2:39 PM GMT
    Every time I go to Home Depot I get so frustrated because I can never find a person working the aisles. Lowe's on the other hand has no shortage of people to help and they are very friendly. I always prefer my Lowe's experience over Home Depot.
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    Sep 13, 2016 5:32 AM GMT
    You don't really need the minimum wage drones working the aisles. Just whip out your phone and type in your query in Google. It will give you the aisle and bin number and number in stock in the store where you are.

    I don't usually shop Lowes, simply because there isn't one near me. But my impression has been that Lowe's is more where you go to buy stuff, while HD is where you go to do stuff. Both of them suck, compared to the good old fashioned local hardware store. For example, fasteners: HD sells fastners in little plastic pouches with two or three each, at a huge markup. In a real hardware store, you pull out the drawer, and there are boxes of 50 or 100 in the back, at a huge discount. My local HD stocks a couple kinds of 5/16 cap screws, but they don't stock 5/16 nuts. icon_mad.gif Similarly, they don't sell the proper hardware needed to actually install most of the electrical or other gadgets that they sell. Or even decking.

    Bottom line, fuckem both. Order stuff from McMaster-Carr and Grainger. But do check prices. So many businesses just buy all their shit from Grainger, that they sometimes double the price, just because nobody checks.
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    Sep 13, 2016 11:09 AM GMT
    Re: Grainger, the only issue I have with them is that while they do sell to the general public, they are primarily geared towards selling to businesses. A couple years ago, I ordered an unusual hydraulic system from them off their website, and because I'm not a business, I couldn't create an account. I had no idea if the order had even gone through until I called them up on the phone.

    As for Lowes vs Home Depot, I never go to HD because it's 90 minutes away from me, whereas Lowes is only 60 minutes away, and Menards is only 30 minutes away. Additionally, Iowa City has a Theisen's, which is a great store.

    Lowes has better quality power tools than Menards. But, I did buy a Kobalt (Lowes house brand) retractable air hose reel that was total crap; I ended up replacing it with a vastly superior Goodyear unit from Theisen's that cost twice as much. As much as I like Lowes, I won't buy their Kobalt stuff.
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    Sep 13, 2016 11:57 AM GMT
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    You may want to ask some lesbian, this is their thing icon_lol.gif

    Actually the Asst. General Manager of the new Lowe's when it first opened in Fargo, North Dakota was a lesbian. Her job was to set the store up running efficiently, then depart and let the store's General Manager run the daily operations. In less than 2 years she was moved to another store, outside Chicago as I recall. Already in operation, it wasn't performing well and she was brought in to "fix" things. She was evidently considered one of their top people for store field operations.

    When my partner & I moved into town from Texas she and her own partner invited us over for our first Thanksgiving dinner. Our first dinner both in Fargo and as fairly new partners together. Was lovely.

    She also told us we could use her special store discount whenever she was on the premises. And surprised us with some great gifts from Lowe's for our first anniversary. So in Fargo we tended to favor shopping at Lowe's.
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    Sep 13, 2016 12:46 PM GMT
    Here in the Fort Lauderdale area we tend to shop selectively. Based on comparative prices, sales, product offerings, and the knowledge of employees in those areas where we lack the information ourselves.

    We generally favor the Home Depot when we want flowering decorative plants from the garden shop. Better selection than Lowe's, and they've got a salesperson who's very knowledgable, whom we've gotten to know.

    On the other hand, neither of the chains' garden shops usually have anything in the way of herbs, that my husband grows for his cooking. For those he visits a local independent nursery. Or sometimes, believe it or not, a Publix supermarket.

    For small hardware items, and nuts, bolts & washers, and key making, stuff like that, I go to a classic old-fashioned hardware store, family owned. In fact, almost everyone who works there is related. Sometimes if I'm passing by I'll just drop inside to stroll around its narrow aisles. A hardware store to me is like a supermarket is to my husband, or a Williams-Sonoma kitchen store.

    Maybe I'll find something to buy while looking, maybe not. And if I go in for something specific they'll know exactly where it is, take me right to it. Not just say: "Those are in aisle 8."

    For small plumbing supplies that I can use around the house myself, without a plumber, I go to a local plumbing supply place. It caters to professional plumbers and contractors, but also sells to the public. That's where I went when I was installing our new dishwasher, and needed a special adapter to accommodate the older plumbing fittings in our kitchen.

    Finally, for larger appliances like that dishwasher I don't use the big box stores. Again, it's a local family-owned store, with 3 generations sometimes there at once. The grandfather/founder usually just presides occasionally now, so he & I will swap Army service stories while his son and grandson are working to find just the model I want, ordering it if necessary (as this dishwasher was).

    Meanwhile the daughter-in-law is working on the books and answering the phone, and looking up on-hand inventory to answer questions. It's all just so familiar and American to me. And BTW, I always get as good a price as the big-box chains, and sometimes better. Their managers usually can't deviate from the price the corporation has set, whereas a private store is typically willing & able to negotiate.
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    Sep 19, 2016 5:24 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidEvery time I go to Home Depot I get so frustrated because I can never find a person working the aisles. Lowe's on the other hand has no shortage of people to help and they are very friendly. I always prefer my Lowe's experience over Home Depot.



    Same here. I don't usually like these big box stores, and I much prefer small local neighborhood hardware stores. Recently had to choose a new dishwasher and the hunky, intelligent, knowledgable guy at Lowe's made the otherwise tedious purchase something very easy and positive.