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Old 08-07-2014, 05:36 AM
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I responded only to your vacation comment as it was the only thing in your post that interested me. The rest was just predictable and pedantic.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:40 AM
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...also....lots of grass cutters out there are becoming highly motivated to 'skill up'....this means more competition for you guys...
sell your service and your expertise, artistic flair, warranty or whatever--
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:45 PM
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The other side of the coin is some contractors/repairmen are marking up parts and materials at a ridiculous rate. Too many shady operations out there which creates a giant mistrust between client and contractor.
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Old 08-07-2014, 05:10 PM
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I'll weigh in on that I think the big loser is going to be the distributors. Their days are numbered.
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:09 PM
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I'll weigh in on that I think the big loser is going to be the distributors. Their days are numbered.
Totally agree with that. One local distributor has dropped pricing. Example, a toroidal transformer,
lifetime warranty, was dropped almost $50. Had to call and ask if that was correct, sure is.

Not sure though why Volt's " Easily one of the best low voltage transformers on the market. Don't
settle on any lesser quality!" transformer only has a 10 year warranty?

Poolcorp SCP Horizon are already selling discounted via the web. No reason to go to store front
unless unavailable on the web.
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:36 PM
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Jana,

VOLT's transformers do have a lifetime warranty (the website is incorrect). VOLT fixtures, bulbs and transformers all have a lifetime warranty. An updated, clearer, easier warranty page is being uploaded to the website with-in a week. We will make sure to correct the transformer page as well.

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Old 08-07-2014, 11:55 PM
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This is going to get intertesting. Someone pass the popcorn
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:06 AM
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I'll weigh in on that I think the big loser is going to be the distributors. Their days are numbered.
I don't know about that. First, all of the distributors around here sell lighting as more of a secondary thing. They're mainly suppliers for irrigation and landscape. And those things are pretty solid. Online irrigation warehouses been out for years and haven't put a dent in local distributor's sales.

Second, lighting sales - at least at my distributor - have been UP the last few years, not down. So that trend would have to reverse. I just don't see that happening. At least not as long as there are brands who DON'T sell online at huge discounts.

Third, there are a lot of guys like me who prefer to buy lighting on the spot - the day of the installation, rather than ordering online. A fair percentage of the time my customer will add on a few lights either during the install or that evening, as we're adjusting. It's nice to say, "Sure. I can go grab those lights for you and get them installed today!" Can't do that with an online merchant.

I don't think distributors are going anywhere any time soon. Worst case scenario, they'll sell a little less lights. But that won't equate to them going under.
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:05 AM
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All our distrubor light sales have been in the tank. Even for irrigation. People are going mass stock orders online.

Like I said earlier, times ate changing. You either adapt or get ran over.
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:39 AM
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I'm not going to buy 20 ft. sticks of PVC, 100' and 500' Rolls of 3" or 4" corrugated ADS pipe, 20' sticks of 3" ABS pipe, pallets of fertilizer, pallets of polymeric sand, pavers, bio bags, or any number of fittings we only use sometimes from some online supplier. Also, there is no online supplier that will sell me Rain Bird stuff at the same amazing discount rate that my local supplier gives me. There are any number of things that my supplier stocks that I would never buy online.

Not to mention the fact that we just buy a lot of stuff as we get into a job and realize what we need. If I had to order product every time one of my sprinkler techs needed a certain valve or head or other irrigation part we'd be re-scheduling jobs all the time. That would be a nightmare. Same thing for our construction crews. You can only plan for so much materials. We do pre-order some of it when we're installing a new landscape. But we still end up purchasing up to 25% of the product for any given job DURING the installation - as the need arises.

So for all these reasons, I think their business is fairly safe.
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