Re: [cravcomp] Edmund Scientifics and Micro-Mark and Michael's
On Sun, Mar 17, 2013 6:38 PM PDT Bee Dee wrote:
>Most people probably already know about these companies and sites.
>But just in case there are a couple of you who haven't heard about them
>or seen their products, check them out. You shouldn't be disappointed.
>Edmund Scientifics has some very interesting science-related products.
>Most of them are not cheap, but it seems that many of them are not as
>expensive as I remember them back in the old days. They've been around
>a long time. Their items range from Alternative Energy to Weather Balloons,
>and everything in between, and ex-between, too.
>Back in the day, I used to wait non-patiently for their catalog to
>arrive in the mail, and then spend hours salivating over the items as
>I read it cover to cover. Online is good, and there are probably more
>items listed, possibly with longer and better descriptions, but there
>is nothing like holding the hardcopy Wish-Book catalog in your hands.
It used to be nice when you could walk into their store.
>Micro Mark, the self-described Small Tool Specialists company, has
>every hobby tool you could imagine or want and then some, and many
>ancillary products, to equally salivate over to your heart's content.
>From Adhesives to Vises, their inventory is kind of amazing, and their
>prices usually aren't bad.
Just don't buy a lathe from them unless you know what you're doing.
>Depending on what kind of project you're working on, a good arts and
>crafts store can usually come in handy. I don't know if Michael's
>is a west-coast store, or what their geographic boundaries are, but
>they have an online store, as well. There are probably many other
>stores like this, online-only and otherwise, but this is one of the
>bigger stores I know about and use.
They're here in NJ. I needed "steel" rivets, the kind you peen by hand to repair an old IBM manual. Searched high and low. The rude woman at Michael's (NJ!) didn't even know their own inventory, but after I walked around on my 2nd trip they had a whole kit for 5 or 7$. I hit it a little too hard but secured the binder from further damage at least.
>Now that we have the Internet, most big stores of all kinds have an
>online presence. It's pretty much mandatory these days. So the world
>is definitely our oyster. Sometimes, like with Michael's, it's nice
>to have a local brick-and-mortar store-front to browse in physically
>rather than virtually, and you also save shipping and handling costs.
But not sales tax. I just wish they sold more tanks and whatnot. I love the 50 percent off coupons.
>Plus you can get something almost immediately and not have to wait
>for the snail-mail. (even though the U.S., and much of the world now,
>has pretty fast and nice and cheap mail services)
Oi! They've been going up!