As a homeowner, one thing I find myself doing way too often is replacing light bulbs. Our home seems to use some of the most expensive types of fixtures ranging from halogen spotlights to incandescent floodlights of various shapes and sizes. I have gone everywhere searching for low-cost replacements including our local Ace Hardware, Home Depot and specialty lighting stores. I have tried buying online at Amazon.com and eBay. None of these places offer low prices, in my opinion.
For example, the local price for a 65BR30 flood, incandescent bulb ranges anywhere between $2.50 and $5.00 after tax. Amazon.com lists resellers offering these same bulbs for between $2.00 and $3.00. However, shipping & handling charges erode any savings vs. buying locally. Furthermore, if bulbs arrive damaged, I would be S.O.L. The same is true for any “deals” one might stumble upon on eBay.
Homebuilders and general contractors must buy large lots of light bulbs for their jobs. There had to be a wholesaler with a Web site willing to sell to an individual using a credit card. A few Internet searches later (using Live search, naturally) and I found such a site.