Cheap Tools – Are They a Good Idea?

If you are a do-it-yourself kinda guy who loves to tinker around your home, you must love to have your own personal tools. You just don’t know when you’re going to need them, right? If you are like the majority of DIY people, you are most probably going for cheap tools. The reasoning is simple: you probably won’t use them that often and you’re doing it yourself to save from paying some overpriced professional to do it. Certainly, the mantra of a true cheap living believer.

Living cheap means getting the most out of a small amount. The cheapest product is not necessarily your best buy, if it’ll break after you use it once or twice. This is especially true of cheap tools. Don’t get me wrong, there is inexpensive hardware that is of good quality, but there is also some really crappy stuff out there. So, don’t buy hardware just because it is cheap or you could be replacing it soon after you buy it.

Brand name tools are your best bet to ensure quality. But, these tools can be a little too expensive if you don’t know how to find good prices. There are various online retailers and stores that sometimes offer brand name tools at a price lower than your cheapest brand.

When shopping online for cheap tools, always check out your favorite site’s daily special. Tools offered on “specials” are at least 50% less than the retail value, certainly a price that is just too difficult to pass up.

Check out, Google’s search engine for products. It shows price comparisons from different online retailers that will make it easy for you to find the best deal there is online. Also,,,, and are worth checking out for their daily specials.

Check out your local hardware for end of season or inventory sales. Hardware stores usually put their tools on sale during end of the season because they’ll hardly sell these tools when the public forgoes outdoor activities for indoor warmth and comfort.

Pawnshops are also a treasure trove for cheap but quality tools. Pawnshops only accept good quality tools and when these tools are not redeemed, they usually end up being sold to the public at a fraction of their original price.

You don’t have to sacrifice quality when buying cheap tools. It’s just a matter of knowing where to start looking for them. Now that you have some ideas, it’s time to get busy and go repair something.

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