Each pack of Stylet Replacement Tips comes with two (2) tips.
One Pack of Two Stylet Tips - Two Tips Total
$ 5.95 - 2 Tips
$ 4.75 - Shipping (5-6 day)
$ 10.70 - TOTAL
$ 6.58 - 2 Tips
$ 2.85 - Shipping (probably 5-6 day First Class)
$ 9.43 - TOTAL
$ 6.77 - 2 Tips
Minimum order is $20 so I cannot compare further.
Three Packs of Two Stylet Tips - Six Tips Total
$ 17.85 - 6 Tips
$ 4.75 - Shipping (5-6 days)
$ 22.60 - TOTAL
$ 16.83 - Tips
$ 4.85 - Shipping (probably 2-3 day Priority)
$ 21.68 - TOTAL
(Note: The checkout link for the $16.83 3-pack is messed up still and you’ll have to email them to fix it if you want to order. Shipping might be only $2.85, I couldn’t be sure. It is $4.85 for a 1-pack and a 2-pack together though.)
$ 20.31 - 6 Tips
$ 7.95 - Shipping (10-21 Days)
$ 28.26 - TOTAL
Folica.com is easily the best laid out website. MarsIndustries.net appears to be a small/home business with a very amateur web design. GlobalDrugs.com appears to be a medium sized business with a bad search/catalog system.
The link I provided for Folica is directly to the product. The links for the other two are pages with many items listed and you will need to scroll all the way down to find it.
You may get better, more personal, service with the smaller company or you may like the more formal system of the larger one. I have no experience with any of the choices.
For one pack (2 stylets) I would probably go with Mars, but I would probably order from Folica.com at this point for three packs (6 stylets). Mars is almost a dollar cheaper, but you’d have to email them to get the checkout link fixed. That hassle isn’t worth a buck.
If you want, Folica.com will pricematch any competitor’s total shipped price so you could get them to match Mars.
GlobalDrugs.com is a Canadian company and the shipping cost differences may make them a better option for Canadians or even some international buyers.
I just bought a used One Touch and after buying it, I chickened out about trying to sterilize the tips myself. So I decided to buy new tips. I went a little overboard in pricing them out because I’ve heard these things bend very easily and you’ll constantly need to replace them.
Every other site I checked from Google is just Folica.com in disguise so those are the only retailers I could find. Anyone have a less expensive outlet? I hate paying $5 for a 50 cent item. I think my used One Touch with replacement tips is going to cost as much as a new one. So anyone considering buying used, take that as advice to just purchase a new one for less hassle.
[ January 06, 2003, 04:17 AM: Message edited by: Wookie ]