I’ve placed a couple of orders with USA Emergency Supply for mylar bags and oxygen absorbers. The first order I got lucky with. I set them on a shelf and didn’t open them for probably a month. The company sent me another batch of O2 absorbers with a note that basically said: “Our manufacturers mislabeled some of the batches we sent out. We don’t think yours was affected but because we’re concerned about our reputation in the industry, we’re sending you another batch free.” (This was before I had the blog, too. So it wasn’t like they were trying to score points).
That’s how a business should be run. Sure– it’d be nice if there wasn’t a mistake in the first place. But stuff happens. It’s how a business handles it that shows what they’re made of. Now… if it happens again, I might begin to question their quality control. But so far, so good!
I compared the prices to what a local “prepper store” was charging, before I purchased.
For a mylar bag to use with a five gallon bucket, USA Emergency is charging: $1.27 per bag. (Plus shipping). prices for mylar bags at USA Emergency with the price my local prepper store was selling them for.
My local prepper store is charging: $2.50 per bag.
Mylar bags: So, ten bags from USA Emergency at $1.27 = $12.70.+ shipping (which came to $4.99 but also included the O2 abosrbers) = $17.69.
Compared to my local prepper store:
Ten bags at $2.50 = $25.00. + tax = $26.81.
Oxygen Absorbers: Twenty 1000cc oxygen absorbers from USA Emergency came to: $9.47, bringing my grand total for both Mylar bags and O2 absorbers to: $27.16 (shipping included).
O2 absorbers from my local prepper store: Their web site isn’t showing the quantity but the highest cc they carry is 500 cc and their price is $9.95 (plus tax). (I’ve been using 2000cc for each 5 gallon bucket… so you can see how much more expensive buying locally from a brick and mortar business is. Or at least from this brick and mortar business!
Now, I like to support local businesses as much as the next guy. But this fella’s markup was just ridiculous. I understand he’s gotta pay for the brick and mortar storefront– but if your business model can’t offer the best price (and I’m not talking about competing with China) .. then maybe you need to re-evaluate your business model.