As we all know, labgear can be outrageously expensive. In my former lives as professional musician, audio engineer, graphic designer, woodworker and global WAN admin for a major telecom, I thought those industries all shared the prize for most expensive gear available for individuals and small businesses. Then I saw how much a Steris ASMCO Century V120 sterilizer/autoclave goes for, and..whoa! Seems I was wrong.
Keeping with that thought, does anyone know of a good reason why the lowly LDPE wash bottle is so expensive? (besides "because it can be", that is.) It doesn't matter whether you find them at lab, print, or tattoo supply, they always seem to be way more expensive than other obviously more costly items. At one unnamed source, 250ml, 500ml and 1000ml wash bottles sell for $11, $13 and $17, while comparable borosilicate beakers of the exact same sizes cost roughly half the above prices. Even ebay auctions for 250ml wash bottles from tattoo suppliers end up being $12-24 with shipping.
So... Does anyone know what makes these little guys so special, other than you just gotta have 'em?
This also seems to be the case for reagent and chemical storage bottles, albeit to a lesser degree. Someone should snatch a secondhand blow molder and start making these at a 25-50% discount. Bulk, raw HDPE/LDPE/PETE/PETG/PP isn't THAT expensive. I think they'd seriously clean up.