Contractor Pricing: Hardie Board Siding & Windows

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On Episode 399 Jeff Thorman talks about getting contractor pricing on siding and windows (see transcript below). Does anyone have experience with getting this type of pricing for windows and Hardie Board siding in Western Washington? If so, can you point me in the right direction? 

Transcript:

"Jeff: That’s the million dollar question. If you’re a do-it-yourself and you’re doing new siding and windows on your house, yes. Go spend 20 minutes, sit in a chair, answer a couple of questions, open a cash account because your windows are 70% off retail price as a contractor. Your siding is 60% off retail price as a contractor, all right? So instead of spending 30,000 on material, you’re down to eight, seven. That’s money in the bank"

@Pat D. Any time I have a project that requires more than a shopping cart I go to the pro desk or millworks at Home Depot and let them bid it for me. You’ll be surprised at what they can do. Same at Lowe’s.  

Talk to your local contractors and they’ll tell you where they get the best price on various materials (spoiler: lumber And trim is generally better at other suppliers! But for me, I’ve negotiated best prices for Windows at HD, appliances at Lowe’s).

@Pat D.
I remember listening to this episode and thinking this guy was out of touch w reality.

I've been a small contractor for 20 years and I have never heard of anyone getting 70% off materials, that's s absurd. Even if you are specialized and a big company your discount for bulk buying wont be anywhere near that.

I think its silly to think that anyone will walk into a store or supply house, sit down with a sales person for 5 minutes and get 70% off especially investors who are only doing a few projects a year.

There are some local places where you can get a decent deal on materials but they are few and far between.

@Erik B.   Yup, I agree. I threw the copy-paste transcript of the episode in my post because I really thought those figures sounded crazy. Judging by the fact that no one else has commented, I think it's safe to say those numbers were a bit out of touch.

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