We have received multiple reports that the Ryobi Link storage system, which launched just a few months ago, is now on clearance at Home Depot stores.
The Ryobi Link system, which is exclusive to Home Depot, includes modular tool boxes and wall storage components.
Update: We received word from Ryobi that the initial launch displays were temporary, and that Link is leaving those stores and only transitioning to more permanent placements at select Home Depot stores.
A reader (thank you, Dusty!) tipped us off about this several days ago. Their Home Depot store has Ryobi tool boxes, wall panels, and wall storage accessories all on clearance.
Other Home Depot store locations have also been putting their Ryobi Link products on clearance. Thank you to Benjamen (@electronsmith) for the photo!
This is highly surprising. Not only is the Ryobi Link storage system relatively new to the market, we’re approaching a huge tool-related shopping season, with Memorial Day and Father’s Day just weeks ahead.
Spring is also a big season for tool storage and organizational products, as DIYers and homeowners dust off their workbenches and garden tools.
You can still find Ryobi Link products at Home Depot’s website.
What Does this Mean for the Ryobi Link System?
Update from Ryobi
Ryobi informed us that the Link system has been experiencing “tremendous momentum” at Home Depot, and implied that what shoppers have been seeing is the result of Link shifting from launch availability at all stores to permanent displays at select stores’ storage sections.
The response from end users has been phenomenal. RYOBI and The Home Depot are committed to the program and excited about the future.
The wall storage system launched in all stores as part of a promotional endcap in Q1, and is now transitioning to a permanent placement in select stores. In stores without a permanent destination, you may see some product on clearance to move the remaining inventory.
We are committed to the program, and look forward to sharing announcements soon about new innovation and continued expansion with the RYOBI Link System.
Second Update from Ryobi
Ryobi added that:
We have confirmation that permanent placement for RYOBI LINK in over 2,000 Home Depot stores coming later this year.
The “organize, access, transport” aspects shaped the Link lineup into a broad ecosystem of products meant to address any and every storage or organizational need a DIYer might come across.
I’m not usually a fan of all-in-one systems, but Ryobi Link seemed interesting and well-thought-out.
I haven’t actually tried Ryobi Link products yet, and with this development, I probably never will. Ryobi said they planned to send us test samples, but nothing ever showed up, and I never followed up.
When I wrote about the new modular tool boxes, I said:
I expect to see the Ryobi LINK system soften in price a bit 6 months from now when Home Depot rolls out their Father’s Day promos.
I expected to see Ryobi Link sales and promotions for Father’s Day, not clearance stickers.
What happens now?
Maybe the clearances are coincidental, or is this happening nationwide?
How well will the system continue to sell if it’s not available at Home Depot stores? Will Ryobi continue with further development if the Link products and accessories are only sold on Home Depot’s website?
The Link system launched with many different products and accessories, but it’s far from complete. For instance, will the modular tool box line be expanded with an briefcase-style organizer?
Clearances like this, ahead of major holiday shopping seasons, usually happen as part of a reset.
Maybe other Ryobi Link products will take their place? But what? These are core system components.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to be optimistic. I thought the system had potential – and it might still have potential, but this is not a good sign at all.
Are the Ryobi Link storage products on clearance at your Home Depot stores too?