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Where do you buy your chemicals from?

  1. Mar 2, 2015 #1
    what should the price of this be?
     

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  3. Mar 2, 2015 #2

    Borek

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    Whatever people are willing to pay.

    There are many suppliers, have you checked their prices?
     
  4. Mar 2, 2015 #3
    well I bought it for $45 for 125grams then they raised the price to around $85 for 125grams, I feel like I'm getting ripped off. :H
     
  5. Mar 2, 2015 #4

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    I have had some diffculty finding places to buy chemicals as a person not affiliated with an institution. When I have found outlets that will sell chemicals, they invariably charge more. I have only bought pretty innocuous things: Zn and sodium hydroxide for making "silver/gold" pennies.

    I am in the US.

    Of course, it wasn't always like this. I had a pretty good chemistry set (Gilbert) when I was a boy, and you can read about Oliver Sacks buying a lump of sodium to throw into a pond when he was a boy in his memoir "Uncle Tungsten." All in all, I am probably happier that my 11 year old son cannot go and buy a lump of sodium from a store to play with.
     
  6. Mar 2, 2015 #5

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    Yeah, I still have my Gilbert chemistry set, and I think, a fair sampling of the reagents which were shipped with it. Pre-EPA, you could get away with a lot that you can't now. I think if the government could track down all these sets, everyone who had one would be sitting on a hazardous waste site at the least, if not a Superfund site.

    Given the off-label uses for some of these chemicals, I can see why suppliers are not eager to sell to individuals, or charge high prices to discourage casual buyers.

    The next time you have to undergo a background check to buy OTC cold remedies, thank a Meth head!
     
  7. Mar 2, 2015 #6

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    "Should?" With or without the liability insurance for supplier, dealer, shipper, packaging, indestructible labelling? Finished product, common sodium salts? Pennies a pound for two nines. Three nines? Times ten. Uncommon anions? Times ten? Hundred bucks a pound.
     
  8. Mar 2, 2015 #7
    can someone tell me where I can find an isomer of dimethyl ether cheap, I could start a chemical company and resell it for $100 a pound!
     
  9. Mar 2, 2015 #8

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    Everclear goes for around ten bucks a pound. Not cheap, but half that is taxes.
     
  10. Mar 2, 2015 #9
    I could even run my car on it :rolleyes:
     
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