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We live by the old saying :
You can't sell from an empty cart.

We ship to the lower 48 States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands only.

For questions or to order by phone please call:
(562) 423-4879
You can easily order by phone.



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 2 The Realities of Purchasing On-Line

This page is in response to customers who
have had less than pleasant experiences in
purchasing from on-line retailers.

The growing trend among retailers is to have
little or no inventory in stock.
It costs nothing to offer something for sale, it
does take an investment to have the items
on the shelf.

This allows retailers to pop in and out of the
business, ever wonder why so many
e-commerce websites come and go on the
internet?  

Many retailers use two common practices in
handling customer orders.

The first is that when a customer places an order
it is held until the retailer can arrange to have the
items drop-shipped from a distributor, if they are
available - and usually with an additional
drop ship fee.
Sometimes you will see a one to two week shipping
time shown on a website.
More often than not there will be no time frame
displayed on the web page.
This can lead to long lead times between placing
your order and receiving it as well as the possibility
of receiving the wrong item.
If there is a problem with the order, who do you deal
with - the retailer or the company that shipped your
merchandise?
This can also present problems when your order
has items that come from different distributors.


The second practice is for the retailer to take a
customer's order, hold it until they have enough
different orders to shop them around with the
various distributors to make up a minimum order.
This procedure can take several weeks and force
the customer to dispute the credit card charges.

I just heard a new one.
You order on-line or by phone and the website or
sales person says the item is in stock.
Two or three weeks later and order has not been
delivered.
You call or e-mail and ask about your order.
The reply is that the item or items are in
"warehouse transfer."
That translates to the item was never in stock.


An old saying:

"We have eggs for a nickle a dozen but we
  just sold our last dozen this morning."

Many on-line retailers have surprise shipping and
handling costs.

Now it's time for me to step down off my soap box
and put on my self-promotion hat.

We have hundreds of items on our web-site that
are in-stock and ship from our location.
Many of these items we use ourselves so we
can answer questions about them.
We Do NOT drop-ship merchandise.
When you see an item on this website and it
has a price, it is in stock at our location.

When an item is out of stock, you will know it, as
the price is removed and an "On Order<<<<<<"
note is posted next to the item.
If possible, the due back in date is also shown.
Our website is updated at least once a day.

We want you to know that the item will ship the
same or next day from our inventory.

Our money is invested in inventory, not smoke and
mirrors.

We ship Monday through Saturday and you know
going in what the shipping costs will be - no handling
charges are added to your order.

When you have a technical or application question
you get an answer, not a song and dance routine.

When you call or e-mail about an item for your
application and we do not think it appropriate for
your needs, we will tell you so and if possible
suggest an alternative.

Sometimes we miss sales this way but we do
not get phone calls from unhappy customers.

sincerely,

John Drake II
7/26/08



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