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Old February 7th, 2010, 02:42 PM   #1
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can anyone explain to me why a metric fastener cost almost 4 times as much as a comparable standard fastener? i was just at ace hardware i needed one metric bolt. M12x1.25 price $4.80 a standard fastener in comparable size was $1.20 what gives? does it really cost that much more to spin a different set of threads onto the same sized piece of steel?
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Old February 7th, 2010, 03:31 PM   #2
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What grade were the bolts you were comparing?
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Old February 7th, 2010, 03:32 PM   #3
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i would assume the metric ones were a lot higher grade
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Metric is made here in the states in a lot smaller quantities. It's all about the volume.
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Metric is made here in the states in a lot smaller quantities. It's all about the volume.
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Old February 7th, 2010, 03:45 PM   #7
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Metric is made here in the states in a lot smaller quantities. It's all about the volume.
yup, I bet over the pond right now, there is some guy with a ton of shit in his yard bitching about the prices of standard bolts vs metric
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Old February 7th, 2010, 03:58 PM   #8
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I work at an ACE store here in Petoskey. I don't stock anything but stainless steel metric bolts, due to the demand for them. So, if you were looking at a zinc plated one, versus a metric stainless there's your key. As far as I know, in OUR store, if you hold a stainless metric bolt, next to a stainless standard bolt, that are roughly the same diameter, the price is exactly the same.
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Old February 7th, 2010, 04:38 PM   #10
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It costs a lot to ship them in from China
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ok one bolt was metric 8.8 the standard was grade 5. both are equal to each other. and both were standard steel bolts. not stainless, or zinc coated.i'm not complaining i'm just curious as to why there is such a difference.
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funny I was just wondering this yesterday as I paid 60¢ each for metric that were 20¢ in standard thread.
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Metric is new technology in the USA and new tech is always expensive at first. Also, Metric stuff has to be imported and that costs money too. This is why your metric bolts in the US are more that SAE bolts.







This is really just a bunch of bs, but you know someone will believe it to be true;)
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Metric is new technology in the USA and new tech is always expensive at first. Also, Metric stuff has to be imported and that costs money too. This is why your metric bolts in the US are more that SAE bolts.







This is really just a bunch of bs, but you know someone will believe it to be true;)
I used to work at a bolt warehouse as a kid and most bolts metric and sae come from china
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SAE bolts are cheaper because they get Obamabuck rebates to stimulate American measuring standards in a global measuring market.

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doesnt tractor supply charge by the pound for fasteners? i wonder if their metric bolts cost more per pound?
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