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If you prefer buying at the supply shop, look for deals tied to bulk purchases or events held at the store.
It makes good business sense to save money whenever you can in your farrier practice. To do so, many horseshoers have employed creative or sophisticated ways. However, have you overlooked the savings you might find at your local supply shop?
Just as at Sam’s Club or Costco, buying in bulk will save you money at many farrier supply shops. To receive this discount, you may need to reach a minimum sales amount. Since there is a limit to how many supplies and tools that you need every year, you will likely need to enter into an informal buying co-op with other farriers to hit that mark.
Depending on where you shop, you can receive a discount of a percentage off your order or free shipping. The discount you receive may depend on the type of product and the number of cases that you buy. Alvin Farrier Supply (locations in Alvin and Tomball, Texas)offers sale prices on select items like race plates and nails. With nails, they price them in three tiers: box, case and three cases. To receive the three case price, you need to buy the same brand, but the style can vary. With that, you’ll save around $2 per box in each case. Meader Supply Corp in Rochester, N.H., gives a discounted price on pads, with a minimum purchase of 10 pairs.