To Buy Or Not To Buy Fixings And Fasteners Online

You can buy anything and everything online – from trivial purchases to essential goods that can be delivered to your doorstep the next day. I recently needed to buy fixings and fasteners for an upcoming project, so I spent some time wondering whether to buy them online or go to a hardware shop. What are the perks of buying fixings and fasteners online or in a shop?

With this question in my mind, I decided to put together the advantages and disadvantages of buying these small pieces of hardware online. To have a professional point of view, I’ve spoken to Speedy Fixings, a manufacturer and supplier of various hardware products, from post shoes and anchor bolts to threaded bars to coach bolts. As a business with both an online shop and an in-person store, I thought they would be perfect to share their thoughts with me.

The Incidental Parent shared other products that can be purchased at Speedy Fixings. “Speedy Fixings offer a wide range of fixings and fasteners, such as bolts, screws, nails, nuts, washers and more. In addition to this, you can also purchase a variety of builders metalwork, such as joist hangers, restraint straps, as well as interclamp railing and channel support systems.”

The benefits of buying online


nuts and bolts

Online shops are open 24/7. You can shop in the middle of the day or the middle of the night. All you have to do is add something into your basket, checkout and wait for delivery. Online shopping is quick, simple and convenient (or at least it should be – when the website allows!). If you are someone who does not like crowds, with online shopping you do not have to worry about crowds, and feeling rushed while shopping.

Better prices


You can easily compare prices online and find better prices with a click of a button. Plus, many companies offer online discounts and offers that are often not found in shops. “Factor in the saved expense of gas and parking, and you have saved yourself a lot of money!” comments Tough Nickel.

Good quality


If you are shopping at somewhere like Speedy Fixings, they offer the same products online as they do in-store, so you can buy the same quality products quickly on their website as you would if you when to their Colchester store. No matter what hardware you want to buy, quality is highly important. As Jenny in Neverland says, “Good quality fasteners are incredibly important to ensure the longevity and efficiency of a connection between two objects and/or surfaces.”

There are only two downsides to online shopping that I can think of and even those can be quickly brushed aside: instant purchase and professional advice. With next day delivery, any products you need can be delivered to you in a timely manner plus, by calling a shop like Speedy Fixings for professional advice or any help, they will give you as much advice as they would if you were at the shop in person.

Do you prefer buying online or in-store?

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