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We recently purchased the tiles for a backsplash, for the kitchen. It will be installed soon.

Just yesterday, we received a phone call from someone at the home-improvement store where we purchased these tiles. He said that we had not gotten the tiles for the corners.

Today, my wife went there, and picked up these pieces--three of them.

Together, they came to--are you ready for this?--$312.50.

Prior to tax, they were a mere $284.74.

That is almost $95 apiece!

I am guessing that they probably cost less than five dollars each to make.

Yet they are essential to anyone putting up a backsplash.

Does that strike anyone else as simple price gouging?
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We recently purchased the tiles for a backsplash, for the kitchen. It will be installed soon.

Just yesterday, we received a phone call from someone at the home-improvement store where we purchased these tiles. He said that we had not gotten the tiles for the corners.

Today, my wife went there, and picked up these pieces--three of them.

Together, they came to--are you ready for this?--$312.50.

Prior to tax, they were a mere $284.74.

That is almost $95 apiece!

I am guessing that they probably cost less than five dollars each to make.

Yet they are essential to anyone putting up a backsplash.

Does that strike anyone else as simple price gouging?
they could have shoved it where the sun don't shine.
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We recently purchased the tiles for a backsplash, for the kitchen. It will be installed soon.

Just yesterday, we received a phone call from someone at the home-improvement store where we purchased these tiles. He said that we had not gotten the tiles for the corners.

Today, my wife went there, and picked up these pieces--three of them.

Together, they came to--are you ready for this?--$312.50.

Prior to tax, they were a mere $284.74.

That is almost $95 apiece!

I am guessing that they probably cost less than five dollars each to make.

Yet they are essential to anyone putting up a backsplash.

Does that strike anyone else as simple price gouging?
I would either research and find where else they may be available, or return the entire order and find something else.

Here in Knoxville, we have Floor and Decore, where they may not be 'cheap' but they are reasonable, and the selection is great.
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I would either research and find where else they may be available, or return the entire order and find something else.

Here in Knoxville, we have Floor and Decore, where they may not be 'cheap' but they are reasonable, and the selection is great.
We have a floor and decor in Columbus which is about a 90 min drive for me. I have bought hardwood flooring and trim from them and you are correct, they have great selection and reasonable prices. However, I did not get a chance to peruse their tile selections.

I remodeled 2 bathrooms, a kitchn and a family room with ceramic tile and stone tiles. I used a store in a suburb of Cleveland called the Tile Store. I believe it is a national chain. While they had quite a selection, their prices were somewhat higher than the traditional DIY stores (Lowes, Home Depot, etc), but the tile quality and selection was much better. I would recommend a look at one if they are locally available.
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We have a floor and decor in Columbus which is about a 90 min drive for me. I have bought hardwood flooring and trim from them and you are correct, they have great selection and reasonable prices. However, I did not get a chance to peruse their tile selections.

I remodeled 2 bathrooms, a kitchn and a family room with ceramic tile and stone tiles. I used a store in a suburb of Cleveland called the Tile Store. I believe it is a national chain. While they had quite a selection, their prices were somewhat higher than the traditional DIY stores (Lowes, Home Depot, etc), but the tile quality and selection was much better. I would recommend a look at one if they are locally available.
We have several 'local' flooring and tile stores, and before the supply issues arose, had nice selections, and reasonable prices. Unfortunately for several, they now have minimal in stock selections, order selections 4-6 MONTHS out, and the price are astounding. Basic field tiles can still be found for just less then your right arm prices.

And, a couple of the locally owned places have closed their doors. This whole situation has been brutal.
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they could have shoved it where the sun don't shine.
Why are you upset? Lil Pete's doing fine ignoring his supply chain responsibilities. We ought to grateful to pay exorbitant prices.
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Why are you upset? Lil Pete's doing fine ignoring his supply chain responsibilities. We ought to grateful to pay exorbitant prices.
Why would you think I'm upset?
private companies are taking advantage of people like pj and you blame the government. In other news: water is wet.
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Why would you think I'm upset?
private companies are taking advantage of people like pj and you blame the government. In other news: water is wet.
Once again you display your ignorance as to how companies operate with competition. You have this idea that the rise their their costs have nothing to do with the rise in the prices that they charge the consumer. Perhaps you and Brain Damage attended the same school.
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You [saltwn] have this idea that the rise their their costs have nothing to do with the rise in the prices that they charge the consumer.
There has, no doubt, been a quite substantial rise in wholesale prices recently, for a variety of reasons.

But that hardly seems to justify a consumer charge of almost $95 per tile.
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There has, no doubt, been a quite substantial rise in wholesale prices recently, for a variety of reasons.

But that hardly seems to justify a consumer charge of almost $95 per tile.
Some underlying information:

Diesel is (in Knoxville TN) $5.59 a gallon, as of Monday
Most 40' Tractor/Trailers get around 5-8 MPG with a light load.
Ceramic type tiles are NOT a light load. MPG on flat ground, est 4-6
Increase in wages due to labor shortages
Increase in raw supplies, inclusive of the above, plus profit margin 7-11%

You could visit Crossville Tile, which removes the middleman and their involved costs and profits.
https://www.crossvilleinc.com/Produc...f0c8cd1030e9d2
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