Is Cheaper Always Better?
Everyone loves a good bargain. Feeling like you saved some money on a needed item, especially when you know others might be paying full price, is pretty great. However, when do you cross the fine line between “you’re getting a great deal” and “you only get what you pay for”?
In the metal industry, prices rise and drop often, sometimes with steep fluctuations. The reason for these price variations can include the following:
- Fuel prices/oil and gas supply
- Supply and demand
- The strength of various other industries
- Time of the year
- Stock prices
- Global development
While price fluctuations can make you want to go running for the cheapest metal price tag, there are a few things to think about when considering the price of metal in Arizona.
Is the metal up to quality standards?
There are criteria we insist on adhering to when it comes to the metal we offer our clients. We use ISO standards to ensure our Phoenix metal passes quality tests and have optimal tolerance levels. In order for us to meet this important goal, our suppliers must employ extra staff and resources into the verifying and testing processes.
Your reputation is tied to the metal you use and provide
Cutting corners with generic big-box manufacturers can only hurt you in the long-run. If you use lower-quality metal in your industrial or independent projects, your reputation, the satisfaction of you and your customers, and the quality of your project are all in serious jeopardy. AZ Iron Supply is proud to use high quality metal in Arizona, allowing your reputation, and ours, to stand strong.
Poor warranty? No warranty? That’s a big problem
Higher-quality metal comes at a higher price point, which is why trustworthy manufacturers like AZ Iron will offer warranties that are straight-forward, easy to understand, and valuable. If your metal supplier offers a quality warranty, then you can be more confident in your finished product and feel at-ease about offering your own clients quality warranties.
Out the door, out of mind? Not with us
Perhaps the most poignant difference between us and the big-box suppliers is this: at AZ Iron Supply we genuinely care about our clients at every stage of their metal selection process. Before you purchase, we want you to research, ask questions, and let our experts help your decision-making. While you’re in our warehouse we will help you with measures, cuts, loading, and more. And after your purchase we aim to keep you as customers. If there’s a problem, we’re ready to help. If you have questions, we’re on it. Need additional help or resources? We’re at your service.
On the surface it may seem like the big-box metal retailers are the way to go. But we know from our decades of experience that customers often pay for the big box experience with lower quality, poorer customer support, and less flexibility.