1. Mar 2, 2015

### thankz

what should the price of this be?

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2. Mar 2, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

Whatever people are willing to pay.

There are many suppliers, have you checked their prices?

3. Mar 2, 2015

### thankz

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.

4. Mar 2, 2015

### Quantum Defect

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.

5. Mar 2, 2015

### SteamKing

Staff Emeritus
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!

6. Mar 2, 2015

### Bystander

"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.

7. Mar 2, 2015

### thankz

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!

8. Mar 2, 2015

### Bystander

Everclear goes for around ten bucks a pound. Not cheap, but half that is taxes.

9. Mar 2, 2015

### thankz

I could even run my car on it