Billy: Your 'stocking distributor' should be just that. They should stock the inventory that you need for you. That is ultimately what they are making their 30-40% for isnt it? The last decade or so has seen a big drop in inventory levels carried by distributors. I have always pushed my vendors hard to carry the inventory that I require in the volumes that will keep my business supplied properly. Luckily I have found a few vendors who appreciate the volume and loyalty and are willing to inventory the items I need. Developing a solid relationship with a distributor is key to keeping overhead costs down. Why inventory product at your shop (tie up your money in stock) when you can have pretty much anything you require shipped to your door from your distributor overnight? If you live in a large urban area, that delivery time can be reduced to hours, and for strong loyalty, should come at little to no cost to you the 'customer'. Push those distributors hard guys... then keep the PO's coming.... before long you will find a shelf in their warehouse with your name on it. Have a great day.