Welding Supplies are not available at every department store. At least not the kind of welding supplies that real welders need.
Lowes, Home Depot, and Tractor Supply, and even Ace Hardware have welding supplies on their shelves, but definitely not everything a serious welder needs.
For Welding accessories like ceramic tig cups, collets, collet bodies, tig torches, flowmeters, and tungsten electrodes, it used to be that you were locked in to shopping at you local welding supply house…until eBay came along.
Supplies like tig welding rods, electrode holders and stick welding rods, are easy to find on eBay… and for a fraction of the cost that your local welding supply store will charge. You can seriously get hundreds of dollars worth of tig welding consumables for about 20 dollars…and its the exact same stuff
Remember this one tip when you shop eBay for welding supplies and you will hunt me down and thank me later:
Before you bid on an item, search the completed listings for the item keyword.
This will let you know what items like the one you are interested in actually sold for. Not what the current bid is, because remember, that changes by the minute, but what you will see is the actual price something sold for…or even whether is sold at all.
Armed with that information, you can know what to bid on items.
Now thats a good tip. But you need to create an eBay account first, before you are allowed to see the completed auctions. You Might as well do it, you will eventually have to sign up anyway if you decide to buy something.
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