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Old 11-19-2007, 11:20 AM
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Default How to buy from Grainger

Guys,

Grainger requires that you be a business to buy from them. Anyone figure out how to buy from Grainger as an individual?

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Old 11-19-2007, 11:26 AM
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Print a business card using Word followed by a Purchase Order form (also in Word or Excel).
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:03 PM
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We have a Graingers and a McMaster Carr near us, and I phone in an order using the company I work for, then pick up the order and pay with a credit card. There's never been any hassle or need for a Purchase Order.
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:07 PM
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You might want to try MSC. Excellent service and great to deal with. Standard shipping usually means you'll get it the next morning!
http://www1.mscdirect.com/cgi/nnsrhm?KNC-T7L391316886
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:41 PM
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We have a Graingers and a McMaster Carr near us, and I phone in an order using the company I work for, then pick up the order and pay with a credit card. There's never been any hassle or need for a Purchase Order.
Same experience here. Just walked into the local Grainger, told them what I needed, and then paid for it. Can't remember if I had to tell them who I worked for, but they knew it was for an individual.
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:30 PM
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I have bought from Grainger on a number of occaisions as an individual and never had a problem.
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:36 PM
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I think alot of it stems from the fact they ship alot of items by private carrier, R&L, Yellow, ABF. They dont want to try to get a 53 ft trailer down a residential street. If your item is small enough you know its coming UPS order it under YOUR NAME HERE const. use home address.
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:55 PM
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We also have a local Grainger store. You can buy anything from the store as an individual, but if they don't have it in the store they can get it there and you'll have to come back and pick it up there. I have also ordered from MSC and had it shipped directly to my house. But it was a small item. YMMV.

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Old 11-20-2007, 09:35 AM
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I walked into a local Grainger and didn't know you had to be a company. I told them I was a student at Georgia Tech and they used that and said I could say it was for Georgia Tech any time I came back.
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:56 AM
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Default company?

There were two reasons for this that I was given:
invoicing to individuals is harder to enforce - cash/credit card? no problem

Second reason was that some products are sold only to trained or approved personnel (some dupont stuff such as alodine) due to safe disposal requirements. I mentioned renting a paint booth at an autobody shop, and they accepted that.

When I rented the paint booth, the shop looked after rinse water disposal etc. as part of their service.
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