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Why Are Net Lights Online Going For $40 But Only $16-$20 In Lowes

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I noticed that Lowes has LED net lights 4 x 6 foot with 100 count from GE for prices ranging $16-$22. Why is it that the online stores, many who are vendors here have them priced in the $40 range? Let's face it folks, they all come from China, just not sure why there is such a disparity in pricing.

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I got some at Big Lots last weekend for $10. They're Energy Star and UL rated.

I was going to say that big lots has tonage of lights this year

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I noticed that Lowes has LED net lights 4 x 6 foot with 100 count from GE for prices ranging $16-$22. Why is it that the online stores, many who are vendors here have them priced in the $40 range? Let's face it folks, they all come from China, just not sure why there is such a disparity in pricing.

Probably has to do with quality differences.

Keep in mind, you can have factories in China build to any quality spec you want as long as you are willing to pay for it.

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This is peak buying time for online vendors. Online prices for lights are the worst. Shop around, you can do much better. Or do as I and wait for the post Christmas sales. 50 to 75% off.

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I have to agree to many of the responses here, the answer is quality.

Big Box stores can get away with many cheap tricks including half-wave, less-than-wonderful quality wiring, etc.

A lot of us online stores make our business by providing quality service and quality product.

I know I created my store because, as a decorator myself, I wanted to be the place other decorators could feel confident knowing another member of this crazy community had their back.

My LEDs have a one-year warranty and my return-rate has been extremely minimal.

The fact is, the wiring on my lights are pretty thick. You aren't going to get a lot of duds here.

And if you do, I call China and yell/scream/etc. so it doesn't happen again :P.

Having said that, you are right, NETS are expensive! I don't know why, but they are.

So what I started to do is offer a special net-light that costs the same as all the others, but is 4-colors and 4-channels pre-wired for animation. Take a look at the link below. A little more expensive than $40, but now you get animation and don't have to install four separate net-lights to get four colors!

What do you think?

http://store.lightsmusicmagic.com/Animation-Friendly-LED-Net-Lights-240-Bulbs-4-Channels_p_8853.html

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The price of LED's seems to have gone thru the roof when one would have expected it to drop. I have noticed that the selection seems to have gotten a bit less, at least at the stores where I shop. (HD, Lowes, Target, Walgreen, - not Walmart).

JHolmes, I mean no disrespect, I hear the quality thing thrown around a lot and honestly I don't see the difference, especially when you are looking at double the cost. I don't know if what I have bought this year and over the last three years at the big boxes are full wave or half wave but I have ZERO problem (knock on wood) using LOR for any of my lights.

As spendy as this stuff is I have to look for the best deal I can get.

I do think your four channel net is cool though.

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sadly, even the more expensive "brand name" LED sets are not trouble-free.I think the chance of getting the claimed 25,000-50,000 hour lifetime is almost a joke- the leds themselves may have a rated lifespan of that long, but the wiring,connections,recitifiers,etc seem to be the weak point.

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Large retailers like Lowes can have an advantage due to the fact that they get massive discounts on their bulk purchases because they have such a large buying power, this is how most major retailers work. So this would be one of the main reasons you see such a big difference in pricing because smaller specialized retailers cannot move the numbers required to get the same discount as what Lowes would be recieving.

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