How to avoid the typical higher prices of buying bulk rope online

Posted by David Dodd on

What to look for when buying rope online for your landscaping, construction, or your boat and dock.

There aren’t that many places to buy rope online. Really, there’s not.

Larger suppliers like Grainger, Northern Tool, and Lowe’s are the typical places to go when seeking a high quality unmanila or braided nylon, but other than that buying rope online isn’t as simple as it seems.

When considering purchasing rope online, cost and quantity concerns usually arise. And other questions cross your mind such as am I buying the right amount, what if I buy too much, and how do I ensure I’m not being taken to the cleaners on price?

In light of this, we decided to answer these questions for you, in order to help you, the small business owner, get the right rope from the right place, at the best cost.

First things first

When buying rope online, either in bulk or not, consider how you’re going to use it.

Are you buying rope online for a dynamite landscaping project? Are you in need of rope to help your construction crew haul equipment using pulleys, or are you planning on using rope to outfit your boat and dock?

Some of these applications require a tougher rope, while some need a rope that’s stronger and braided.

Be sure and identify how you’re going to use your rope. And don’t go cheap. Get the right rope the first time, in order to avoid headaches later.

How not to pay 300% more

When buying rope, especially online, often times consumers don’t price check.

When buying from suppliers, for example, the markup could be rather large and you could be paying upwards of 300% percent more than you need to.

Here’s a great example:

A twisted manila rope, which is a favorite for many contractors, is sold at a large supplier, online, for $1,105.

At Hercules Bulk Rope’s, that same 600 foot spool is $360.

That’s over 300% percent more you pay by ordering through a “larger” company, or supplier, when ordering online.

The bottom line: do your homework. Just because a “larger supplier” of rope to your contractor company, landscaping business, or as a home-decor enthusiast seems like a good buying option, doesn’t mean it is.

How to save 42% on your shipping costs

Consider shipping cost and shipping time. Often times, when ordering rope online, you’ll pay a pretty penny when ordering by the spool.

Here’s yet another example of a shipping cost gone awry.

That same 600 foot spool of twisted manila rope, as listed above, when shipping to a business location south of St. Paul, Minnesota costs $120.09 to ship.

With Hercules Bulk Ropes, the exact same spool will cost you $84.94 to ship. That’s 42% percent less expensive and ours will ship out within 24 hours, while the “large” supplier will take 4-5 days.

The bottom line here: research your shipping costs. Depending where you need rope shipped, the cost could be a lot higher when buying from large suppliers like Grainger, Lowe’s, and the like.

A stitch in time saves nine

This great cliches simply means that if you sort out a problem now, it could save you a lot of extra work later. Like sorting out shipping times.

When ordering rope online, you need to be aware of shipping times. Especially if you’re a buyer in Minnesota and you’re shipping to Austin, Texas, for example. While the ordering process may seem simple when ordering from your “large” supplier, keep in mind that your team members may not actually see the rope for up to 1-2 weeks.

Hercules Bulk Ropes typically ships within 24 hours.

Before you buy online, go here

Before you make your buying decision, check us out here.

You’ll not only find great knowledge about specific bulk rope applications, but you’ll also get to experience how easy it is to order online, while saving time and money.