I was ordering supplies from an online website as well as some of the items were on sale.
I changed my order, because I had the ability to buy 18 gauge imported steel for a cheaper price. I frequently use American-made steel, because of the infrastructure bill. In order to qualify for government funding, the materials used for construction projects have to be made in america. When I am working on residential or commercial projects that have nothing to do with the government, I use the cheapest materials that I can find. I use a lot of 18 gauge style 304 stainless steel. The 18 gauge style 304 stainless steel imported was $30 cheaper for a coil than the US made steel, and on the last construction project, I decided to go with the foreign steel products. I saved a ton of money, as well as the steel was just as durable as well as flexible as the American-made steel that I usually purchase. In fact, I really did not notice any difference at all in the strength or durability of the steel. The only difference was the price as well as the origin of the metal. I wish I could have stocked up on the 18 gauge style 304 stainless steel ironworker wire as well as double loop bar ties, however most of my tasks are government contracts as well as I will not be able to use those materials on those projects. I obtained the items that I needed for the upcoming task only. I really don’t prefer to keep a lot of stock in the warehouse unless I know I will be able to use it in the next few weeks.