Friday, March 12, 2021

What stuff costs...

A good point, another reason not to use Google, and in the "Rich men behaving badly" department...

Over the last week or so I've been trying to find some seine line/twine and finding it difficult to find in the size and color I'm looking for. The real difficult part is that it would appear that many purveyors of said line won't just drop it in the mail but instead quoting silly amounts to send the line down here to America's Paradise.

Anyway, as I also needed to replenish my dwindling stock of waxed sail twine, I noticed that the price of said sail twine was pretty much the same from the various folks who sell it with a fairly glaring exception.

West Marine.

Sail twine is available mostly in one ounce, quarter pound, and pound spools. As in most things the prices seem to be more expensive per foot if you're buying the smaller sizes and less expensive in the larger spools. Most places sell an ounce for $4, a quarter pound for around $9 and a pound for about $30.

So, imagine my surprise, when I checked out West Marine and found them charging $64.99 for a one pound spool. Not exactly surprising that their smaller spools were even more expensive.

The thing is, West Marine is so big that they really should be undercutting most other suppliers of marine goods if for no other reason that with their economics of scale they're paying less for goods than their smaller competitors.

Anyway, just something to keep in mind when you're shopping for stuff and a reminder to always do the math.

Listening to a coffee themed playlist

So it goes...