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Author: etalian One star, 50 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 154  
Subject: How wide is the moat? Date: 7/9/2007 5:06 PM
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I'm very interested in this stock and have looked at several sources of information during my research. One thing I continue to read about is the fact that FAST has a "wide moat." The previous post (entitled "Fastenol's Hook") mentioned that the competitive advantage is due to their inventory and reliability. Although I agree that these do create a bid of a moat, I'm not sure if I would go as far as to call it a wide one. To me, wide moats are competitive advantages that are almost impossible to uproot (think of Coke's name brand or eBay's auctions). It seems to me that another low cost producer could come along and create the exact same business model (reliable and extensive inventory) as FAST and compete quite well. Aren't fasteners more of a comoditiy type product anyway? Interested to hear what everyone thinks.

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