Re: The End is Near for Home Depot
I *ahem* "know" someone who works in their "home services" department and the news across the country is "get ready" because they are selling about one mill a day in kitchen and bath refacing. They are also looking to contract out their new cabinet installations which will account for billions. They won't be going anywhere any time soon. We are talking about the second biggest retailer in the world after Wal-Mart. They may be cutting down on their stores now precisely because they have finished running the little guys off and now can afford to make folks drive a little further since they are the only game in many towns.
They demolished the competition in my area, and now that many banks are not lending for home improvements the fact that they will finance themselves for remodels they are getting ready to squash the small remodel contractors as well.
I deplore the corporate model of HD and their awful culture up the chain, but I don't think Lowe's is the savior either. There is one very close to my house that I frequent and ALL of the complaints that people, including myself, have made about HD have been just as bad at my Lowe's lately. I prefer OSH ore ACE if I can find em for hardware, Amazon, Ebay or other online stores for large tool purchases. I still find myself in an HD or LOWE'S several times a month though.
So what are the terms on that $100 bet Dunbar?
A good carpenter makes few mistakes, a great carpenter can fix his own.