Need websites selling various quantities of screws/bolts/nuts/washers
June 16, 2020 1:22 PM   Subscribe

Looking for websites offering wide selections of screws/nuts/bolts/washers, where I can choose various smaller quantities, like 25/50/100 of each item. I have checked out the main ones (mcmaster/fastenal/grainger), but those ones are expensive. I'm hoping to find out about others where I can choose these quantities and are much less expensive. Thanks.
posted by atm to Shopping (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
SmallParts used to be its own thing and a pretty good seller of...small parts. It was acquired by Amazon in an anti-competitive action and still exists, in lamentably squashed fashion through Amazon search here
posted by Dmenet at 1:32 PM on June 16

What sizes are you looking for? IME McMaster usually has a wide range of price points for common fastener sizes, depending on grade, material, finish, etc. and the low-mid grade basics are quite reasonable. For example a box of 100 medium-strength 1/4-20 hex nuts is less than $5.
posted by jon1270 at 1:33 PM on June 16

I don't know where you are located but you can try here or here if you're in Canada. (I didn't check if they ship internationally.)
posted by sardonyx at 1:39 PM on June 16 [1 favorite]

There is also this one.
posted by sardonyx at 1:41 PM on June 16 [1 favorite]

Have you checked You can order 25-100 count bags at a time from them… I've only used their delivery for larger items, but it worked fine for me.
posted by mmc at 2:06 PM on June 16 [1 favorite]

When it is not mission-critical stuff, I go to eBay for most of my small electrical and mechanical parts these days. I find small quantity low-shipping items to be easy to find, sometimes used stock of high quality, often new stock "assortments" of middling to poor quality but astoundingly low price.
posted by sol at 2:35 PM on June 16 [4 favorites]

If it doesn't have to be thru a website, that's exactly the service that local hardware stores provide. They have an open large container of each whatsit and whosie, and you select, say, five whatsits and three whosies and you pay for only that many. With curbside pickup, you could probably call in an order to your local and safely pick it up.
posted by clone boulevard at 3:08 PM on June 16 [10 favorites]

IME it's better to get smaller quantities from a hardware store and larger quantities from Grainger. It's also been my experience that the per-unit prices get higher the smaller your quantities get.
posted by aspersioncast at 3:36 PM on June 16

You may need Tacoma Screw, which mainly sells these products! (Their in person customer service is great, not sure about online. And I’m not sure how their prices compare...)
posted by centrifugal at 6:02 PM on June 16

bolt depot has been good for me
posted by Maxwell's demon at 10:45 PM on June 16 [2 favorites]

Thanks for all of the suggestions.
posted by atm at 2:26 PM on June 18

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