McCoy's Building Supply seems to be trying to remain an old style hardware store, and for that I applaud them and give them some of my business.
But their prices are crazy. Here's an example. Yesterday I was shopping in the McCoy's in Midland, Texas, and noticed a short piece of 4" PVC pipe. The store price for a 10' piece is $18.99, but there was one piece that looked to be about 6'. It was just what I needed. So if I buy this I should get it cheaper plus there wouldn't be a bunch of pipe wasted, right?
Here's what's wrong with that thinking. The price for the 6' piece was $23.75, almost $5 more than the 10' piece. What gives? Apparently, some previous customer needed a short piece. So he/she had them cut off 4' and paid a per foot price plus a cutting charge. Now along comes a second customer looking to buy the 6' left over. So they charge him/her the cutting premium, too. It's a cutting fee double dip.
The principle of supply and demand says that no one buys that left over 6' piece unless they chop that price. That's what an old style hardware store would do.
Editor's note: Why didn't you just go to Lowe's and buy a 10' piece for $13.16 or a 5' piece for $9.58. Robo-ed. | I did! Sleepless.