If you own a home, or have ever done any sort of home related project, you have had to go to the hardware store.I spend a lot of my time in these places. buying things for work, home, and hobbies. So i have started to develop a preference for certain ones.
For a while I always liked Home Depot. But the more i shop at Lowes, the more i wonder why i go to home depot at all...almost every material i have priced out is cheaper at lowes, and they commonly have a better selection. However i still tend to tool shop at home depot. And then if i just need something small, i will head to the local hardware store in place of a big box store. But when you're buying a bunch of stuff its hard to justify all the extra money...
So overall i think I will have to say my choice is Lowes for my home improvement needs. Though i still shop around for most everything.
Where do you shop for your project needs?