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Is there a good alternative to McMaster Carr?

Many moons ago I had to get some 3*1.5 extrusion.

Couldn't get any from 8020 or Frameworld in time.

Checked the McM catalog, they had what I needed in 10 footers.

Called up and placed a will-call order

The nice McM person said sorry can't will call we only have stock in Chicago, but we can ship to you.
Said I probably couldn't afford shipping
Nice McM person said "Ok I'll ship it to Sante Fe Springs on us and you can will call there"

How many companies would do that?

The 10' lengths were too long for regular will call. Had to go around the back, quite impressive being at the back of the warehouse and looking at what was on the shelves back there.

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Locally by reputation McM supposed to be a very good employer.
 
It's good to see that we all seem to have universally good experiences with them. They might be "more expensive" than some other sources but, it's often not by enough to matter. I've had McMaster's list price for aluminum beat Industrial Metals quotes for the same stuff.

@dangerboy and I were discussing the phone app. I've had times where I'm either at some brainstorming meeting or a status meeting or whatever. We used to do them constantly over missing hardware needed for something, or something broke and "oh my god, where will we ever get a piece of certified aluminum?" I could whip out my phone and inside of a minute, "McMaster has the piece we need, with certs for $210. It'll be here tomorrow if I order in the next two hours."

Somebody would gripe that we weren't shopping suppliers. We'd burn an hour meeting, three days in a row, with five people, all charging the project and they'd have a problem because I didn't try to find the material for $50 less.

Also had an engineer tell me one time when I did that, that McMaster aluminum isn't like real aluminum. 🤣 "It's certified and matches all the specs on the drawing. What the hell do you think it is?"

Side note: I only ever had my credit card stolen once. It was my corporate purchasing card and McMaster was the only site I had with my number saved. Many months went where I only shopped McMaster and maybe one small local business. It had to be McMaster. I don't check that little box to save my credit card anymore.

I'm 15 minutes away. :)
;)(y):crazy:🤣:D
I can't imagine you darkening the doorway of Home Depot. I've driven down there for a couple of carbide drills or end mills. The part is half done, cutter broke or wore out or whatever. Customer meeting is Monday. I guess we're driving down there.
 
. I believe these decisions are made to make us fail. Make us loose money. To Then justify cutting or selling off our buisness unit. To Then free up capital for a different company / depth. Within our umbrella corporation.
What is it with you people and your conspiracy theories. Are you sure management aren't actually the lizard people.

Get your boss to add a cost line for time spent on procurement to his monthly reports. It will eventually filter up the line till someone goes holy shit look at all the money we're spending over and above what we spent at McMaster.
 
I can't imagine you darkening the doorway of Home Depot. I've driven down there for a couple of carbide drills or end mills. The part is half done, cutter broke or wore out or whatever. Customer meeting is Monday. I guess we're driving down there.

I've had more then my fair share of "oh f***, no more taps/fasteners/endmills/etc etc" it's off to McM Sunday will call.

Your right I don't go to Home Depot, ussually Ace Hardware.
 
A friend worked at one Aerospace facility making prototype hardware.

Edict came down:
No facilities can order from MSC/Grainger/McM/Western etc etc without a PO being generated by the Tullahoma TN head office.

They wanted to clamp down on what they thought was unnecessary time and expense of facilities ordering hardware etc.

So friend and co-workers would submit an individual purchase order for every line item required
kinda like
POxxxx (50) #4 washers
POxxxx (2) 1/2 endmills
POxxxx (3) ball valves.

They inundated the Tullahoma TN head office with a flurry of PO requests.

In less then a week they changed to something like "PO approval not req'd for orders less then $500 across these xxxx vendors"
 
A friend worked at one Aerospace facility making prototype hardware.

Edict came down:
No facilities can order from MSC/Grainger/McM/Western etc etc without a PO being generated by the Tullahoma TN head office.

They wanted to clamp down on what they thought was unnecessary time and expense of facilities ordering hardware etc.

So friend and co-workers would submit an individual purchase order for every line item required
kinda like
POxxxx (50) #4 washers
POxxxx (2) 1/2 endmills
POxxxx (3) ball valves.

They inundated the Tullahoma TN head office with a flurry of PO requests.

In less then a week they changed to something like "PO approval not req'd for orders less then $500 across these xxxx vendors"

Tullahoma TN head office HR "discusses" the issue with offending worker....
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The answer is company debit card.
I don't believe for non deliverables these rules really apply
Ordering boxes of 8-32 screws from mcmaster is problematic if you need to track sourcing, but not if you are using them to hold fixtures together
 
Yeah...."No you don't need to worry".....handwriting is on the wall so start preparing an exit strategy.
And, maybe it's already been mentioned but corporations are facing other requirments they must adopt. (A previous employer has embraced this concept and now spends lots of time documenting that employees are on board with corporate goals which really are Gov't goals)
Maybe McMaster has been determined not to be fully immersed in "supplier diversity".
What? How dare they!
Imagine running a company as a real business instead of as a "social justice" (actually socialist injustice) laboratory.
What are they thinking?
 
What is it with you people and your conspiracy theories. Are you sure management aren't actually the lizard people.

Get your boss to add a cost line for time spent on procurement to his monthly reports. It will eventually filter up the line till someone goes holy shit look at all the money we're spending over and above what we spent at McMaster.

Agreed. Sounds like RTX is being run much worse at the working level than UTC was. Anyway, almost certainly incompetence vs. some big planned move.
 








 
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