MAbell is simply wrong, good thing he/she provided the disclaimer. I have the option to use any number of suppliers in my business, working on boats. My best long deals come from West Marine/Port Supply. They have the product in stock, or can get it before any of my other suppliers, for less money
. It's true that the folks who work there aren't paid well, which is surprising given the skill levels many of them have, Maybe it's the economy, maybe it's the work environment
at the particular stores I frequent, but the folks seem motivated, most are knowledgeable, and all are helpful.
And I pay less than I do at other suppliers (did I say that already?).