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AlanJ44

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03-24-2017 01:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: harbor freight harbour freight

So got the call today, got hired at the local store as a part timer.

After 40 years with various telecom companies got a pink slip in January. considering my dialysis needs, decided to seek disability. So to kill some time between telecom sub-contract jobs thought I would look at part time at one of the man stores. Northern Tool and Tractor supply also came to mind.

I can make $1170 a month and not get disability cut off, and at the whopping hourly rate could almost work full time! How in the heck do people make it working at these rates?

So my question with this post is, what do you guys see as positives about part time at the HF?

How would you use the employee discount comes to mind, along with meeting like minded folks. Probably not going to be many hot babes to chat up, you think?

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!


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hotbyte

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#1 posted 03-24-2017 01:47 AM

Benefit…You will be able to say “I love the smell of Chinese Rubber in the morning!”

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#2 posted 03-24-2017 03:31 AM

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#3 posted 03-24-2017 04:02 AM

The key to making those low-paying jobs pay-off is to avoid the commute and live within walking distance. If the store is very close to you, that counts as a major positive.

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#4 posted 03-24-2017 04:13 AM

Congrats to you on getting the job. I tried to get hired at Bass Pro Shops, but failed.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#5 posted 03-24-2017 04:32 AM

I would like it but I am quite sure you will be unloading semis and setting stuff up and on shelves. Work there as much as you can and get what you want before another job opens up.

To me I would just like to work but know I can not.

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#6 posted 03-24-2017 04:56 AM

How would you use the employee discount comes to mind[...]

Maybe it’s different between stores, but a few months ago I was in picking up some stuff and started talking with one of the sales people there – particularly about what it was like working there and what kind of employee discount they got. She told me they just get the standard 20% off, same as if you were using a coupon (same restrictions), but not restricted to a single item like the coupon is. So if you purchase stuff the right way (single item at a time), you can get the same ‘employee discount’ without having to actually work there :)

I guess one advantage would be that you would have first dibs on the discount/open box/discontinued bin items before anyone else gets a chance to see them.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#7 posted 03-24-2017 10:24 AM

For me there would b no benefit of working there. I guarantee that I’d spend twice what I made for the first few months LOL
One good thing about Min/low wage is that if you work there for a bit and don’t lik it just go to another job. If you work at HF for a few months and get the tools then you could go work at lowes and get the lumber and then just work at home and try ur hand at selling stuff

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#8 posted 03-24-2017 10:54 AM



Benefit…You will be able to say “I love the smell of Chinese Rubber in the morning!”

- hotbyte

OMG! I thought I was the only one.

-- John from the Cherry Valley Studio in NY http://www.cvalleystudio.com

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AlanJ44

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#9 posted 04-08-2017 07:28 PM

Worked my first shift. Four hours of shelf stocking. Was cool to open “totes” to see what new and shiny tool awaited it’s new home on the shelf.
Overall good time, great co-workers too.

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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#10 posted 04-08-2017 09:28 PM

Alan, did you ever get the chance to say “would you like fries with that?”.

-- Y'all need to locate a sense of humor. Borrow one if you can't find yours...

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#11 posted 04-08-2017 09:35 PM


Benefit…You will be able to say “I love the smell of Chinese Rubber in the morning!”

- hotbyte

OMG! I thought I was the only one.

- cicerojoe

Oh yes…the smell of something “Burnt” is the most wonderful odor ever. My wife bought a purse that had that crap in it and we are still letting it sit and “Air out”.

-- A practicing woodworker sounds a lot better than a practicing MD

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AlanJ44

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#12 posted 04-08-2017 09:41 PM



Alan, did you ever get the chance to say “would you like fries with that?”.

- Rrrandy

No but soon I can say “would you like a warranty with that”

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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AlanJ44

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#13 posted 04-08-2017 09:46 PM

I have a varied life, last night consisted of almost brain numbing stock boy work and this morning went and replaced a voice mail server for a pretty good size Toyota dealer!
Guess which one paid ten times more? And yes ten is the correct multiplier….

But got my first employee discounted purchase picked out, 30” pedestal shop fan…Summer is coming.

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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#14 posted 04-08-2017 11:10 PM

Sounds like a fun job, when I retire I think that I want to work in a hardware store or big box home improvement type store for fun.

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#15 posted 04-09-2017 12:33 AM

Kinda surprised that no one mentioned that you might actually be able to offer some good advice to customers. In my experience, the average Harbor Freight employee has absolutely zero real world experience with anything they are talking about. You might be able to talk to customers to see just what they were trying to accomplish and steer them in the right direction.

I realize that this does not equate with a massive pay check, but it might go a long way towards self satisfaction.

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