Are Hardwood Purchased at Home Depot Really More Expensive

I spent a couple of hours today trying to find an online source for poplar the was less expensive than Home Depot. I could not do an exact comparison because Home Depot sells S4S select lumber in standard dimensions and the online lumber dealers have random lengths and widths. I calculated the board foot cost of 20 BF of 1x6 and compared the to all the 20 BF project packs I could find. Lumber in the project packs had to be at least surfaced two sides. I factored in all costs including taxes, shipping, and any discounts. 

What I found was a bit surprising. Not only were most of them more expensive that Home Depot but only one was lower cost per BF. There were some that were twice as expensive.

When you include the fact that I can go to Home Depot and:
  • pick out the board I want
  • buy as little a 1 linear foot
  • get it in standard deminsions
  • 1/4 to 3/4 inch thickness
it doesn't look so bad.


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