A reader sent in a tip that all Bridge City Tools are on clearance at Lee Valley.
Robert (thank you!) writes:
Lee Valley is discontinuing carrying Bridge City tools, so they are offering 20 to 60% off what is left. Downside is a lot is already sold out.
Almost everything is sold out already, except for a couple of tools (such as the Kerfmaker jig) and accessories.
Lee Valley has not disclosed the reason for this, but I cannot say I blame them.
Taking a look at Bridge City Tools’ homepage today, this is what they show:
Bridge City Tools has all kinds of “super offers” this weekend, with the center scribe being sold for $189.
Lee Valley had the Bridge City CS-3 center scribe on clearance for $175, from its original price of $295.
Lee Valley doesn’t typically run discounts or specials, and when they do, it’s on very specific products. How can Lee Valley be expected to sell a center scribe at its regular price of $295 when the manufacturer is selling it direct for $189?
At that time, Lee Valley had a Bridge City Tool for $50, while the company was selling it direct for $39 with coupon.
Taking a look at my inbox, Bridge City Tool Works has been sending me daily emails about their direct-to-consumer tool deals and sales.
What’s the incentive for a retailer like Lee Valley to sell Bridge City Tools when the manufacturer undercuts them on pricing?
Whatever the reason behind Lee Valley’s massive clearance sale, it looks like they’re done selling Bridge City Tool Works products.