Conductor562 Posted June 30, 2012 Report Share Posted June 30, 2012 This past week I took my family to Myrtle Beach, SC on vacation. We go there almost every year and there's so much there to do it never seems to get old. There were countless hours of beach and pool activities and as with any trip that includes women, there were also countless hours of shopping. Now normally on these shopping "adventures" my primary function is bag holder and kid chaser, but this time even I found something of interest. In the midst of this Hell otherwise known as retail outlet malls I found 2 tool outlets. The first shop I came across was called Direct Tools. I was informed it is a recent addition to the offerings of outlet giant Tanger Outlets and several Tanger locations already have them. To the untrained eye this would appear to be a rather random mix of products. They had Ryobi, Ridgid, and Milwaukee tools, Dirt Devil and Hoover vacuums, that's right, the tool junky in me quickly realized this store was all about TTI. The offerings were random as with most outlet stores but rather extensive none the less. The best selection was by far Ryobi and included many 12V and 18V tools. There was a descent selection of Ridgid tools, most of which were electric tools, and the Milwaukee offering was almost entirely accessories. Armed with a 20% coupon I found in a tourist book I scored a nice set of driver bits for about half price and walked away happy. The next store I encountered was called Workshop Tools. I had seen one before in Seiverville, TN but didn't get a chance to stop and I was determined not to let that happen again. This store was quite a bit larger than the TTI store and didn't appear to have any clear affiliation with any particular company. Their power tool offerings included Dewalt, Makita, Bosch, Skill, Delta, and according to their sign Porter Cable, though I didn't see any. Hand tool brands included Stanley, Irwin, and no less than 50 very obviously Chinese brands like Titan, Grip, and performance Tool. There was also a wide variaty of assorted hardware items. The whole place kind of gave you the impression of an upscale Harbor Freight. The hand tool selection was pretty vast but tended to be lower quality while the power tool offerings were good quality but VERY limited in terms of options. In terms of price it was all over the map. Some things I looked at were priced a good bit cheaper than retail while some thing (mainly power tools) were no cheaper than anywhere else that sells reconditioned tools. I walked out of the store after about 45 minutes with a wire wheel for an 8" bench grinder, a household battery tester, a 1000 piece assortment of Pom rivets, and a little sadness in my heart, all for $28. It certainly wasn't a bad store, it just wasn't what I had hoped it would be after almost a week of anticipation. Had I have stumbled upon it like I did the other store I'd have probably been a little more enthusiastic about it. I really like Makita stuff and they had exactly 3 Makita products. Like all reconditioned tool dealers, their stock fluctuates so I'm hoping next time will be better, and yes there will be a next time. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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