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Old 07-19-2013, 12:15 PM   #1
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GMC Pauls vs Brother's

First off--I'm a fan of Brothers. Bought lots of good stuff from them and will continue to do so. BUT..bought 2 items from them--7 hole instr. cluster bezel and wiper arms... Black on the bezel was literally flaking off as I removed it from the plastic bag. Wiper arms--first time I lifted them (gently) the keeper springs popped off.. 2 times, different arms and they are rusting after 60 days. Replaced with items from GMC Pauls..way better quality. Wiper arms have strong springs. Bezel is perfect. IMHO for these 2 items, I'd recomment GMC Pauls.
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:25 PM   #2
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I just installed the cluster bezel I bought last xmas from Classic Ind. and the black is flaking off, guess I'll have to repaint it, damn repop junk
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:48 PM   #3
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If you buy weatherstripping, go with GMCPaul hands down. He sells Precision brand which fits better than anything else on the market.
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:53 PM   #4
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I bought wiper arms from Brothers over 7 months ago. Not had any issues so far. Just ordered cluster bezel from them and now I'm worried. If it turns out junk, who has a good cluster?
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:16 PM   #5
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so far the GMC Pauls i just got looks good. Black is solid, chrome is in well done.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:59 PM   #6
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My purchases from GMC Pauls have been top notch. Never disappointed. Installed some window w/s this week, went in perfect.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:44 PM   #7
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I agree, everything I have ever purchased from GMC Pauls was top notch.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:37 AM   #8
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The mega-vendors tend to sell whatever is cheapest for them to buy. The Mom & Pop vendors tend to sell what they find to be best. They are in the business through being fellow enthusiasts and they don't have a customer service department staffed to keep returned junk orders revolving,take complaints,or absorb the losses this creates. They want to avoid that headache,not accept it as what it takes to operate in volume. They are lower volume and every order counts to them. They may even remember your order if it has been placed recently if you have reason to call on it.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:14 AM   #9
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The mega-vendors tend to sell whatever is cheapest for them to buy. The Mom & Pop vendors tend to sell what they find to be best. They are in the business through being fellow enthusiasts and they don't have a customer service department staffed to keep returned junk orders revolving,take complaints,or absorb the losses this creates. They want to avoid that headache,not accept it as what it takes to operate in volume. They are lower volume and every order counts to them. They may even remember your order if it has been placed recently if you have reason to call on it.
you called that very correctly. I've thrown ALOT of parts away after bring 1 of an item in to check it to see if we wanted to carry a particular brand. A good example of the big stores is those lousy imported fuel neck grommets they all buy for $2.50 or less that are imported. they rot in 6months to a year. they KNOW they rot in 6 months to a year. they could buy the American made version for the price they sell the imported version for. They all know of the American version. But they figure only 1-2 in 10 will complain they'll then send another imported version and the customer gives up 6 months later when it rots again thinking they are all junk. Why do they do this. They make more money selling the cheap version over the quality. I want quality. I don't want headaches or problems with a bad product. If its bad I don't carry it period. If its a acceptable part and the only one available I'll explain its only acceptable and why in the description.
I don't want crap, you don't either so why bother with it. Continually here guys say only 1 company makes that part. WAY WRONG most every part has at least 3-4 manufacturers and some like the dash bezels have a half dozen or more with varying degrees of quality. Fenders again 5-6 manufacturers minimum for the 67-72 trucks. About the only parts that have 1 manufacturer are the very newly released parts that haven't been made before and the 67-68 & 69-72 cowl hoods. Look online and you'll see basically Everyone still selling the 67-68 cowl hood & standard hood. A few years ago these were a great product. Now they are trash, the wholesalers buying them know they are trash but say they continue to buy them to sell more as a favor to the retailers & retail buyers so they have a option, the manufacturers that making them has been told of all the problems with them. the manufacturer states were making the same as always. BULL I've got several of the earlier versions and they have crisp clean lines and were a simple bolt on. NOW though they have additional body lines, uneven edges & widths, etc... A award winning body shop recently couldn't even begin to get one to work and in their opinion the only way to have a good 67-68 cowl hood was to cut the cowl off the reproduction and graft it to a original. but since they can form one for less than buying a reproduction to cut up which route do you think they choose. Well I won't sell them anymore because I'm sorry offering a guy a product to give him a option that then can't be used or looks like crap unless you invest twice the money or more in correcting it is WRONG.
Just my take on things. Thanks guys for your continued support we try to make you and ourselves happy with our products cause we all have enough problems without dealing with crappy parts. Time for some then off to a 200+ family reunion. You all have a great weekend!!
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:01 PM   #10
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This thread is making me feel good about the brake kit I ordered Thursday from GMC Pauls! If it wasn't for this forum I probably wouldn't have known about him.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:07 PM   #11
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Paul is the man and will continue to get my business.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:50 PM   #12
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Well I haven't purchased anything from GMC Paul yet, but I can tell you that out of a $2500 order from Brother's I had to return over half of it. I had the same issue with a bezel from there as well. They made it right, but it took FOREVER to get my parts!!!!! Literally MONTHS! My Son was sooooo disappointed! Every box we opened there was something f'd up. Thanks to a few great guys on here we came up with some very nice stuff to take the place of the junk we had bought and had to return. I've gotten some nice stuff from Brother's in the past, but I'll be rethinking where I buy in the future!!! Just my two cents. :/
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:05 PM   #13
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Brothers use to sell a USA made dash bezel. Did they quit?
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Old 07-20-2013, 10:53 PM   #14
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I only only ordered from brothers once and had issuses the parts where on back order with no email saything that and it did not say it online. I canceled the order after 2 weeks and ordered the same thing from from gmc pauls and had it in 3 days
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:12 AM   #15
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Me and my dad just ordered a very well built crossmember from GMCPAULS and it was only $80! I am a new customer. It was great quality and the welds were beautiful. They have my business
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:28 AM   #16
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the few things i ever got from gmc pauls turned out being brothers products dropshipped to me// so i found no real difference
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the few things i ever got from gmc pauls turned out being brothers products dropshipped to me// so i found no real difference
We do buy from Brothers wholesale division Jordans some items because they are the best quality. Currently we carry probably around 30 or 40 of their parts.
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:42 PM   #18
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Drop shipping from another supplier isn't uncommon. I was looking for some new body side moldings, and heard that Mar-k were the best. Called Brothers and found out the set they sell is drop shipped from Mar-k. It is even cheaper to buy them from Brothers rather than directly from Mar-k.
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:08 PM   #19
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Drop shipping from another supplier isn't uncommon. I was looking for some new body side moldings, and heard that Mar-k were the best. Called Brothers and found out the set they sell is drop shipped from Mar-k. It is even cheaper to buy them from Brothers rather than directly from Mar-k.
That's funny, cause I thought the same thing. I was told on the phone I would be getting a Mar-K set. I went to pick it up and that was not the case. They tried to pull a bait and switch on me with other moulding. I got my money back and that is the last time I will do business with them.
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Everything I have ordered from Paul has been of the highest quality avail.
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I can certainly attest to the quality of products GMCPauls sells. After searching posts of others like Leddzepp I took a chance and wasn't disappointed. However I have purchased other stuff like counterparts brand items that don't get stellar reviews such as the gauge bezel, wipers and other small misc items and have had good luck so I guess it pays to do plenty of research here in the forums.
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:25 PM   #22
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I like Pauls stuff .
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I was going to order from GMC / but I thought it was bull.... that they don't have a phone number , I give all my money I can to laid back ( they are a vendor on here Shara always answers all my question threw PM or over the phone .) she always willing to work with you as well , they even price match if you find some a better price somewhere else . They pretty much carry everything as well check them out .
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Thanks for the kind words rumbler!!

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I order all my drop suspension from Paul and he actually guided me in the right direct because at the time it was a big block 402 and I need the correct springs. Great product. But like everyone else says you must shop around to find the highest quality from all the sources. Kinda hard though figure out which is carrying the best at the best price.
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