First off I can say that in speaking with Consolidated Rigging their primary business line if not sailboat standing rigging. They are a large industrial rigging house.
I am planning to using them in January, I am still home in Canada
, used the snow blower today!!
My contact their ( Consolidated) is a gentlemen by the name of Jimmy, he was very good on the three times I have spoken with him. Small orders do not seem to be a problem. They also have a testing department and for 100.00 would stress test my rigging to any amount I wanted, he suggested 2x the swl, he thought if there was any problem it would show up.
As to the prices, I was quoted $1.95 per foot for 3/8" and $1.36 for 5/16" Kos 316 1x19 stainless wire.
I was referred to them by the KOS importer, after I received these prices, I rechecked with the KOS importer and he confirmed it was the right wire and in fact Consolidated had called him to confirm the price
I can only assume they are a good supplier, their plan is over 50,000 sq ft and they have four outlets.
As to Stumbles comments on food
, Sure bread and veggy have more mark up than industrial stainless wire, you can use stainless wire that is a week old but you can not sell bread that is a day old. Let's get real on margins, after spoilage etc, what are the margins.
I worked most of life as an investment banker, after the dust settles in the grocery business it is a 4% business, with tons of sales if you get the model right. You can not compare day old lettuce to stainless wire, nor can you compare a rigging shop that buys 5000 ft rolls of wire to a small rigger how buys 100 every other month.
West marine has the largest buying
power and most of the time has the highest prices, I think it is overhead that really matters!!!