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When we find ourselves in need of an imperial crapton of fasteners — thousands, not tens — we always seem to find our way to The Fastener Superstore.  They have almost all garden variety fasteners in stock and ready to ship at a moments notice.  We like that, because generally when we need an imperial crapton of fasteners, we need them ASAP.

One word of caution, though: the superstore doesn’t mess around.  When they say bulk they mean it.  Their minimum order is a box of 5,000 fasteners.  To give you some idea of how cheap they are, though, a box of 5,000 #8 x 1” Phillips-head self-starting screws will run you about $105 shipped.

That’s not too bad when you consider that if you shelled out for the same fasteners at Lowe’s they’d run you around $198 and some change.

The Fastener Superstore [Corporate Site]

 

9 Responses to Fasteners On The Cheap

  1. They don’t have screws that fit my laptop either. You can have ’em in black oxide, or in metric, but that finish and that size aren’t available together. No better than McMaster-Carr!

    One effect of mail-order distribution over retail space is that larger inventories are possible, since shelf space isn’t a limitation. Moving from paper catalogs to online ordering should allow an even better selection, since catalog space doesn’t matter anymore either.

    The logical effect of this should be a giant super ultimate online hardware aisle, with every fastener conceivable. Such a wonder has yet to materialize. 🙁

  2. Nick says:

    Is there anything like this for Nails as well? It seems like that’s the only thing missing from this site! McMaster has some but their selection seems a bit limited.

  3. Chris Whittington says:

    They have some fasteners and assortments which are 200 pieces or less.

    Also check out the web site of Maryland Metrics at mdmetric.com. I haven’t ordered from them, but I have spent hours browsing. They have metric nails!

  4. Piett says:

    Yeah, that’s too bad they can’t handle volumes of 200 or less. I can understand why but I buying several hundred fasteners of some oddball size I can’t find elsewhere just isn’t that practical for me.

    In that respect McMcaster is still better.

  5. Abe says:

    Chris W. You rule man!!!

    I love the mdmetric site. Thanks man!

    SAE is the new Whitworth only not as good.
    Abe

  6. Okay, that’s irony. I ran across mdmetric while putting together the vernier caliper post a few days back. I took about 5 seconds to poke around the rest of the site, didn’t “get it”, and didn’t return. That’s the power of bad web design!

    Now that Chris pointed it out, I’ve returned, explored, and bookmarked it. Definitely good to have in the arsenal!

  7. Chuck Cage says:

    Guys: As Sean mentioned in the post, we find this particular site useful for bulk purchases. If you need 10 screws, there are lots of better places to look. If you need 5,000, this place cuts a pretty good deal.

  8. Himself says:

    It may be good for bulk-purchases. . .

    . . .of fasteners that I wouldn’t want in a billion-years!

    Wood Screws, 2 finishes, I looked at the “oxide” finish.

    Slot, only.

    ?!

    I’ll never buy another slot-screw in my life,
    if Robertson screws exist for that application.

    ( hint: Robertson == Square-Recess )

    MDMetrics, though, Finally!

    I wish there were affordable screws that were like the ones sold on
    http://www.LeeValley.com/hardware/page.aspx?c=&cat=3&p=41306

    ( check the Self Drilling screws:
    http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/page.aspx?c=3&p=58001&cat=3,41306
    )

  9. Tiger Claw says:

    These guys might be overstocked with fasteners and are just looking to get rid of them. The more fasteners the better in the long run, I guess.

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