Originally Posted by chiltown
FYI. Home Depot is no longer selling adjustable Carlon's. You can still purchase at Lowes...
Home Depot's in-store stock is very much a regional issue (and even an individual store issue). The stock in one "area" can be drastically different from that in the next region, and there are also wide variances depending on the size of the stores. I had a lengthy discussion of this with two of their assistant managers a few months back, when I noticed that one of my area stores carried all of the plastic (Carlon) electric boxes, and another carried none of these. Not one.
In this case, it was because one "region" is defined by Cook County and Chicago, IL, which states that everything electric must be in EMT conduit (no Romex, for example), and that all electric boxes similarly must be the metal type. Less than five miles from my home, though, one passes into Will County, which frowns on the EMT stuff, and utilizes the plastic boxes for outlets, junctions, etc. One can walk into my two closest stores, and when it comes to electric and plumbing, one might have a hard time believeing they were in the same chain.
I also learned that the "larger" stores carry a lot of stuff which the "smaller stores" will never, ever stock. In such cases, when it comes to the regular on the shelf stuff, the smaller stores usually maintain that they cannot even get these items (since they are not truly "special order" items listed on their computers.) I learned this when I wanted a particular item to cut EMT conduit at one of the Cook County (smaller) stores.
This may also be why Home Depot's website does not really show very much of their "stock" at all. Very little, in fact. Their main competition "Big Blue," or Lowes) seems to show about 60 to 70% of what is typically carried in their stores. Home Depot's website does not seem to have much of a catalog for their stock at all.
Hope this helps,
-Bruce in Chi-Town