[Tagging] Do-it-yourself versus hardware stores

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Thu Feb 11 09:58:37 UTC 2016

The "store" can be factored out. It is about what they sell - what is
"hardware" against what is "stuff for DIY". 

Looking at what you want to get out of a system, helps to determine what
you need to put in. 

At the end of the day there are an infinite number of combinations of
what a shop might sell. It doesn't matter what examples are discussed
here,  there will always be anecdotal evidence that it is
wrong/incomplete. We are trying to reach consensus (I assume). If
everyone just says that the shop near them sells X or Y this just
emphasises how broad the spectrum of shops is. We are trying to model
reality, not recreate it. That necessarily means compromises and
simplifications. Talking about specific products like sinks is
irrelevant unless you happen to be looking for a sink or the sale of
sinks is essential to appropriately categorise the shop. 

How about giving ourselves a frame of reference? What use cases are we
adressing? That might help to get the level of simplification right. I
can suggest "where is the nearest hardware store", "give me a list of
the hardware stores", "what kind of store is at this location".... Is
the "list of hardware stores" the same as the "list of DIY stores"? When
would a shop be included in one, but not the other? 


On 2016-02-11 09:26, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:

> sent from a phone
>> Am 10.02.2016 um 15:04 schrieb Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl>:
>> Are we writing our own dictionary?
> your links don't seem to bring much news into the discussion, especially as they aren't for "hardware store" or "diy store".
> I also like Johns observation of diy stores selling the material as well, while hardware stores mostly not. Actually from my observation the hardware store sells some kind of material but others not (they'd sell wire and nails/screws, glue, paint and even small amounts of gypsum or cement, also smaller extruded metal profiles might be available, or chainlink mesh, but not wood or metal sheets or bigger metal profiles (for steel framework) or brick, or roof tiles or pipes or sinks or shower cabins, or tiles or ...
> cheers 
> Martin 
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