One must start somewhere, so Fixtures Close Up slowly expands its series of Baseline entries against which to compare ongoing posts. Obvious here is the difference between a quality plated finish and one with a dull, aged look right from the box. Hopefully you strive for the former and not latter. And here gauge is also obvious, but not easily so across images of different online posts. Nevertheless you should consider both when ordering fixtures, ask for a baseline physical sample yourself, and check the quality of the delivered fixture order. As needed, test the gauge and load bearing capacity against your planned merchandise. Long hooks may need to be a heavier gauge than short hooks carrying the same item. For reference, typical wire hook fixture gauges include…

SOURCE: With apologies, this Wire Gauge Table courtesy of Trion Industries, the only quickly summarized comprehensive list I am aware of outside of an engineer’s “Machinery’s Handbook.”

For additional hook standards SEE…
Hook Frontwire Standards
Hook Design and Quality Standards
Metal Plate Label Holder Primer

For excellence in hookery SEE…
How Pegboard Could and Should Look
Impressive Peg Hook Alignment

For horror in hook display SEE…
2011 Unruly Fixture Award
Hook Design and Quality Standards
Holy Grail of Retailing Lost
Neatness Counts in Fixtures
Hook Fight in Neck Ties
How to Avoid Frontwire Sag

For subtle mis-fixturing SEE…
Eye Test for Fixture Experts
How Not To Mix ‘N Match Hooks
Slatwire Erraticism
Five out of Six Hooks Disagree

For outstanding discipline in continuous display SEE…
Continuous Strip Scan Hooks” and
Slotwall & Label Strip Both Curve

For a one-of-a-kind hook organization SEE…
Bar Defines Categories on Slatwall

SEARCH “Hook Alignment” for all examples both good and bad or “Best Practices” for other fixturing advice.

SEARCH “Baseline” to see the most elemental fixture posts in each fixture class on Fixtures Close Up.