@max: "Will this ever end?" Only when EVERYTHING does..... Tools break, wear out, or somebody makes a much better one or invents one that fills a need you didn't even know you had. There's ALWAYS a reason for more. It could be worse: my late father-in-law was a tool collector, but HIS were cranes, bulldozers, etc! He had 4 acres of them when he died.
I just got another HF flyer with the 6" calipers for $9.99 -- but two 6" calipers is enough for me, I'm waiting until they have a great deal on 12" digital calipers.
BTW, I think you haven't been keeping up with the times; IIRC, you're in Huntsville, which has a HF (I guess links aren't allowed, so try www.harborfreight.com/al/huntsville.html ) HF has been opening a lot of stores recently; I hope they don't open too many (and then have problems).
@mhrackin: I have the good fortune to have a store within a mile or so of my office...
I've never actually been to a HF store -- just seen their stuff online -- if I ever come to Atlanta, maybe we can go down together.
FYI I was in Atlanta airport all last Sunday on my way to Brazil -- I had to get up here in Huntsville at 5:00am, at the airport for 6:00am, flee to Atlanta at 7:00am (arrived 9:00am Eastern time), then stooged around all day waiting for my 8:00pm flight to Brazil.
I was thinking of emailing you, but I had a bunch of stuff to do. It wasn't too bad -- I splashed $50 for a 1-day pass to the Delta Sky Lounge and then happily worked away all day in their workststion area quaffing free coffee and munching free nibbles (well, "free" apart from the $50 :-)
I agree on items like screwdrivers or electronic-type pliers/cutters. Quality pays on those I have bought some really well-made socket wrenches for a pittance there (a full set of deep metric for $10 less 20% off using a coupon), and the DMM is great for free (perfect for throwing in the glove box for example). Other freebies were quite acceptable at the price also! I have bought a couple of "rare-use" power tools (a reciprocating saw, a small 3-gallon 125PSI air compressor mostly for tires) that were exceptional bargains on sale/coupons. I do have a coupon or two for tape measures but I have so many already, including a couple I inherited from my father-in-law in 1972!
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