For home builders and Mr. Fix-its, hardware cooperative Do it Best wants you to make the best even better. One of the industry's largest hardware cooperatives, it boasts more than 4,000 member-owned stores in 50-plus countries, but primarily the US. Besides the usual tools and building materials, merchandise includes automotive items, bicycles, camping gear, housewares, office supplies, and small appliances. Customers also can have products specially shipped to their local stores through Do it Best's e-commerce site. The co-op's buying power enables members to offer items at competitive prices. Formerly named Hardware Wholesalers, Do it Best was founded in 1945 by Arnold Gerberding.