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    1st time TSC shopper. Advice?

    TSC is opening their first stores in our state, so I have never shopped at one. I perused their website for some basic 411 and have some questions.

    It appears their house brand of feed is DuMoor. Have you tried it? Comments appreciated.

    What special incentives are there for me to switch my trade from the local feed stores to TSC? Pricing? Sales?

    #2
    I've used the DuMoor Senior feed and some of their supplements. They are ok but my local feed store has a brand that is just as good but not as expensive. I use TSC for more hardware type stuff and my local feed store for feed, hay, etc. TSC has some cute clothes and they have some cute country style decorative items. I love the candles they have at Christmas, they smell wonderful. I have a couple of chickens and TSC has the Purina Layena feed that I like and more chicken equipment than my local store.
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      #3
      I shop at Tractor Supply - but do not use their brand feed. They carry Standlee brand hay pellets - which I find to be excellent quality.

      Good prices on basics like brushes, buckets, halters, dewormer, fly spray, farrier tools etc. They also have competitive prices on supplements, I buy my "vita calm" there, along with MSM etc.

      Lastely have the cheapest prices around for my cat and dog food (Taste of the Wild).

      There is a TSC by my husbands work, I send him there once a month for cat / dog food, horse supplements and any odds and ends I might need.

      Oh, and he loves TSC as well - for cheap tools, we got our big pine swing bench there, along with our fire pit. They have good end of season sales.
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        #4
        I only get alfalfa pellets there, not feed. Just one older horse getting the pellets, so I don't need many. Slight price break over the local elevator and closer when I need a bag at odd times.

        I use the local elevator for my grain buying, beet pulp, pasture seed, which I buy in larger quantities. Elevator provides very good, personalized service. I get my grain custom mixed, which is cheaper for us to feed. They also carry Old Kent feeds, should I want specialized feeds, like a Senior feed. I patronize them because I don't want them to go out of business! They offer many other services, helpful information, for all kinds of livestock, not just horses. Good community minded folks, buying and selling many local products to help local people.

        I am getting my hardware (metal) stuff at TSC, so I do shop there, but not for horse feed. Farm clothing, boots, dog shots, staples, cattle panels, gates, herbicides, can be a very good buy at the TSC. We have a new Family Farm and Home store to compete with TSC, but not a lot of bargins or lower prices, so I haven't got much from them yet.

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          #5
          Stay away from the jerky type stuff at the register...
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            #6
            I was really excited over the first TSC when it opened around me but since changing some bags of hay feed products (hay pellets iirc) from 50lb bags to 40, and beet pulp to 25lbs, I re-discovered my local feed stores and barely shop TSC now.

            They are very convenient for stuff you need immediately, roll fencing or fence pliers, they carry some vac's iirc, or if your water trough sprung a leak, etc. Their prices are fair market value, but not a bargain, at least where I live (and I hate that their pricing is all over the map store to store).

            I did buy my huge wheelbarrow from them and I have been using it hard for over 5 years, but the tires keep getting chronic leaks every 2 years or so so I have to keep buying new wheels (too cheap to buy the solid wheels, $70 each, youch! and not up to the task of figuring out how to install an inner tube).

            I never see coupons or offers any more (used to get coupons in the mail which got me in the store), but sometimes when you drop by they have some crazy deal on some oddball thing. For instance I got a great little apple tree for $10 (had my first apple from it this year), compressed alfalfa bales for $6 and a garden cart I use for hay for $14.

            But I don't like their shavings, at all, and they are no bargain. Their feed is no great buy over other feed I can get and while the DuMor products seem like good products, they're no big value over supps I can order online. I do like when the DuMor horse treats go on sale, then they are a good value but outside sales I find them super pricy.

            They have a house brand of fly spray that I find very effective and when it goes on sale its a screaming deal. And once a year they have a huge sale on big stall mats, but I have a local feed store that has started stocking scratch and dent stall mats for half price all the time, so doesn't even compare.

            TSC is very exciting the first few times to you go especially if you're not used to having big intergalactic farm stores. When ours first opened us horse gals would arrange "trips" and we'd all oooh and ahhhh when we first went in the magic has done wore off though.


            I will be shopping again their soon however, I like to feed alfalfa cube mash in the winter and they are the exclusive carrier of Standlee hay products in my area, and I do truly find Standlee products superior to any other dried hay product I've ever found.
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              #7
              Dumor is the lowest end of Purina feeds. Treats, sure. Even the vit/min is ok enough. But stay away from the actual feeds.
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                #8
                The first one just opening within reasonable driving distance from me. There are some things I get there. I really like the Standlee Pellets (MUCH cleaner, less dusty than anything I've ever fed before), although they are not really cheaper (smaller bags), the quality seems to be really good. I get my dog food there (Blue Buffalo), it's a couple dollars cheaper. Good selection of "different" stuff than the local feed stores, buckets, etc... Just bought a Rubbermaid wheel barrow there yesterday that was about $30 cheaper there than the feed stores.

                I guess I would say my "favorite" part, is that they are open later than 6.... I had a panic moment when they first opened and ran out of pot bellied pig food (although to be honest the pig wouldn't have died if he had just gotten some table scraps), but it was nice to be be able to go at 7 and get him what he was used to eating.
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                  #9
                  I buy my dog and cat food at TSC, I save a couple of $$. I also have Nutrena feed coupons so I have been buying some feed there, normally use our local feed store. I also have to buy a GooGoo Cluster, it's the only place I can find them!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Laurierace View Post
                    Stay away from the jerky type stuff at the register...
                    Ooooooh but they usually have circus peanuts (the marshmallow ones!) yum!!!!
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                      #11
                      I used to shop TSC, but found better prices at the local store. Also, had several bad bags of feed from them. Check the manufacturing dates if you buy your feed there.

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                        #12
                        Price shop. They're seldom the cheapest, and sometimes are the most expensive. The ones in my area are horrible about restocking, running out of some of the things I get there routinely.

                        I buy my Blue Seal Carb Guard there, and the Dumor treats are good. They do have the best price on Cocosoya oil ($19.99/gallon), but good luck on them having it in stock when you need it.

                        But, yes, they're convenient with better hours than most feed stores, but be sure to check prices before you buy.
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                          #13
                          I agree with what almost everyone said: Good place for tools and hardware, not so hot for horse feeds. I have bought from them at bargain prices: catch & release traps, fencing pliers, t-post pullers & drivers, chain harrow, stuff like that.

                          My most recent purchase was not a bargain, but the only place I could find within 300 miles that sold interlocking mats.

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                            #14
                            I agree with much said here. I use TSC to get cat litter (cheapest around), occasionally clothes, fencing supplies, and some supplements. Aside from that, their prices are actually higher than most catalogs (I bundle purchases together to take advantage of SmartPak's free shipping). TSC occasionally does have good deals on clearance items - got a cute door mat for $2 last year - and they have some fun Christmas gifts if you know someone who likes "county themed" things.

                            Their shavings are quite expensive here, as is their feed - can do much better at the local Agway for those items.
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                              #15
                              The biggest incentive to switch is convenience-- most locations are open 7 days a week, and until 8 or 9pm in the evening.

                              it's a big box store.

                              As others have said, their prices are rarely the lowest. And most of their feed products are low quality.

                              Don't get me wrong, not a single week goes by where I don't stop in TSC! I do love the store. But it's the convenience that keeps me coming back, not the prices or the product quality.
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                                #16
                                Love Standlee hay pellets.
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                                  #17
                                  Our TSC sells Blue Seal and Purina horse feeds, plus Standlee hay products. They are not the cheapest for anything, but they do have better hours than the feed mill, so if I need something on a Sunday or after 4pm on a weekday, TSC gets my vote! Love their Dumor horse treats - they're big and come in great varieties!

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                                    #18
                                    I wouldn't use the Dumor feeds if they were free - peanut hulls are listed as the second or third ingredient in all of them. In NC they also sell some Purina (Omolene, Strategy GX, Equine Senior, and Equine Junior at the one local to me) and Nutrena (new extended SafeChoice line) feeds.

                                    I use TSC for the odd bag of alfalfa cubes (Standlee), SafeChoice Senior, and their 4Health brand of cat food is decent to good. Also fly spray, MSM/electrolytes, and if I see a decent price on buckets or some other random thing I need.

                                    It's close and convenient, but I still have to drive 30 miles one-way for a truly high fat, non-Purina feed for my TB.
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                                      #19
                                      The ones here carry Remission! I don't have to order it online And the price works out about the same.

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                                        #20
                                        the dumoor treats are fairly cheap and my horses eat them. Also i think their dewormer prices are ok. Otherwise, i just enjoy walking amongst the horse/dog stuff.

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