Sure, you can buy better quality ratchet straps. And if you’re tying down containers of nuclear waste before barreling full-tilt-boogie down a bumpy mountain road, I’d definitely suggest spending for the best. But let’s face it: Most of the time you’re tying down something stupid like a mattress you’re moving for a buddy, and it’s pretty likely he’ll “accidentally” end up with a couple of your straps after the experience anyway. That’s why there’s Harbor Freight.
HF is currently advertising the above four-piece strap set for $13. I’ve seen some cheaper, too, sometimes in the check-out line at Lowe’s. Regardless of where you look, though, when you stumble across a package on the cheap, grab a few. Having a bag of 10-12 straps can make the difference between an easy job and an oh-s#!$-I-hope-it-stays-on experience, and if anyone walks away with a few, who really cares?