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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer?
Lowe's 42 77.78%
Home Depot 12 22.22%
Voters: 54. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-16-2009, 09:24 AM
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I like Lowe's better, mainly because I know first hand that they will stand behind their products. I had a one year old lawn mower fail, but I had lost the receipt. They replaced the lawn mower; no questions asked; no hassle. I'll go back.

However, Home Depot has lots of neat gadgets in the paint department I like to check out before starting a paint project. Snap seal paint can lids, drip proof pour spouts, etc. Lots of cool plastic stuff you can use when you paint. I use them with the paint I had mixed at Lowe's.
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:25 PM
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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I like Home Depot because it's only 20 miles away.
Lowe's is 75 miles away.
Ace hardware is just down the street.
I like Ace the best.
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Old 11-18-2009, 05:27 PM
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We have two within a mile of each other. I like Lowes and it puts Home Depot to shame.
I was looking at refrigerators and Lowes appliance section was HUGE. But I'll buy from a local business we've bought from for years. They just did a super job and went the extra mile to give us a good buying experience.
But there are other local businesses I'll pass up in favor of Lowes. I'm loyal to businesses who show me they want my business and who have always been there to meet my needs. If they don't make me feel valued, screw them.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:31 PM
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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I've never found anything that I'm looking for at Lowes, and their garden department sucks. I much prefer Home Depot.
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:51 PM
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Although there are things about both, that i prefer, I do like Home Depot's paints, and some smaller scale items, but overall, for neatness, appearance of store, someone always available to answer my questions, and in my opinion only better selections overall, would be Lowes. They do carry a lot of the same items now, and those items, i check to see who does have the better price. I like the appliance section much better, sales reps there seem to know more about appliances when i ask a question then at home depots. I cannot always find a sales person at our home depot. I do like them both, but overall, for better selection, neatness of store, appearance, some good markdowns, it would have to be lowes.
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Old 02-03-2010, 04:34 PM
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Which store is better to rent their blowing machine for green fiber insulation Home Depot or Lowe's?
Please let me know if you ever rent this machine and your experience: deposit,price, how many days, did you have problems with the machine? etc.
Thank you very much
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Old 02-04-2010, 12:22 PM
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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We go to both, but for some reason I just like Lowes better.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Ninjahedge View Post
I think they are both hitting bottom.

Lowes is generally better, but only in terms of service compared to age, they seem to decompose slower than HD.

They both have problems after they have been around a while, although Lowes seems to have more people out and around to help you uot than HD....

The thnig I really hate is their competition. They seem to clump. Instead of finding a place where there is no hardware store, they plunk themselves down right next to each other to compete, an dthe areas that have none still have to drive 20 minutes to get to one (on Sunday, or whatever).

It would make comparison pricing easier if the two did not carry pretty much the same thing at the same price either.....

But both of their Made in China product lines are cheaper than the Local Mom and Pop (and Bro and Sis, and Cousin, and Cousin-in-law-thrice removed...) hardware shops.

It is awfully hard to visit a local lighting shop (I AM TALKING ABOUT YOU GLOBE LIGHTING!!!) when the prices are 2x to 3x higher than the generic fixtures at these chains....

Ah well, rant over. 1 vote (marginally) for Lowes.
Good post. I feel like I should quit buying 'plastic from China' and support local businesses too. You can always buy it cheaper - but is it made to last?

Where I lived in FL I found Lowes to be awful as far as getting help. I could always tell when mgmt. would get onto them about cust. service - they would trip over each other to help you and then in a few weeks they would ignore you as usual. I like HD better.
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Old 02-07-2010, 06:44 AM
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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I have spent a fortune in Lowes over the yrs but one thing I have noticed in smaller populated areas is they don't carry all the same stuff. For example I needed some hardware that goes on pegboards to hang tools on in Somerset,KY, a town of 25,000. They sold the pegboard but discontinued the hardware. Said they did not sell enough of it. Well I was not going to drive 150 miles roundtrip to Lexington,KY so went without.

They also did not sell insulated 4x8 sheets for walls and said same thing. I now do most shopping at Menards which is basicly still the same as Lowes etc.
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:18 AM
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I have 2 lowes and depots about the same distance in both directions from me. I use to shop HD like crazy till lowes showed up. To me Lowes has much cleaner stores. I recently had to stop in a HD and the ground was covered in what look like dust and saw dust mixed. The air was kinda filled with it too. It was kinda hazy inside. Lowes is always clean to me. The draws with nuts and bolts are always organized, at lowes its a complete mess. People opening bags and stealing a couple and now you have junk drawer.
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