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Website[edit]

I'm sorry, I had to laugh as I read: "The McMaster-Carr website has been used as a positive example of link rich design and good user interface[citation needed]. Even though the site allows access to over 465,000 products, it is easy to penetrate directly to the desired categories and compare alternatives." I find the online catalog EXTREMELY ANNOYING to use because it refuses to allow you to open other tabs to compare back and forth between materials, you MUST go in a line: forward, back, or lose the thread of your thought and try to reconsruct what you were thinking earlier to get the two items you wanted to compare in an order next to each other. It also insists on noxious window panes. In my opinion, it's an AWFUL website. This is not up to wikipedia standards. I don't know where the tag for Blatant Advertising is.

    • Just because you have a personal issue with their website's flow doesn't mean it's blatant advertising... real users of the site wrote this page rather than the company itself**

My suspicion is that the image is fair use because it's McMaster-Carr who put it up.

Can't you just open a new browser tab? That's what I do........No problems. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.49.220.174 (talk) 18:02, 28 November 2013 (UTC)


Truly the EASIEST supplier website to navigate. (Written from an actual user, not a paid advertisement) I concur. I do a lot of purchasing and this is by far the most informative and easy to navigate website out there. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.90.139.217 (talk) 18:53, 29 February 2016 (UTC)

McMaster never reveals the brand names of the products it sells[edit]

One thing that I have noticed is McMaster never tells you who makes the product you are buying. Though I do recall a select few products that are. That applies to both their printed catalog and website. Does anyone know the reasoning behind this? 24.186.130.27 (talk) 13:23, 16 June 2011 (UTC)

They are selective. Search for "Starrett" and you will find that company's precision hand tools. If you call McMaster-Carr's representatives, they will in some cases tell you the manufacturer of a specific item. Rainbow-five (talk) 23:03, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
It's not that they are selective. They don't tell you the brand so that if they don't have a particular brand in stock, or if they change their supplier, they can provide functionally the same product. They use brand names in cases where standardization isn't the norm (for instance, you may need a Milwaukee brand battery for one of your Milwaukee drills.) This is also done with products like Loctite. Source: I worked for them for several years. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:558:1400:4E:290F:A26F:926D:55C1 (talk) 19:05, 25 August 2017 (UTC)