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  1. #1
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    Default I need to buy frames

    I need to buy 30 frames looks like I have two choices,
    1, my local supplier $1.25 each + 8.9% sales tax Total about $41

    2. Mann Lake was the cheapest I could find with the total coming to $20, until that is you add in shipping which is another $21, total $41

    I think its a conspiricy

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    Default buying frames

    buy 100 and find some fellow beeks to split with

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    Quote Originally Posted by berkshire bee View Post
    buy 100 and find some fellow beeks to split with
    I already checked and the shipping goes up in line with qty.

    100 frames = $68, shipping $48. Still almost $1.25 per frame

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    I got 100 from kelleys, cost about was around 80 cents per with shipping
    A beekeeper is not what I am, it's what I aspire to become.

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    Mann Lakes website always over estimates the freight costs for me. I have had it say that freight would be over $100.00 and when it came in, it was in the upper $30.00s. Just a thought.

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    road trip?

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    looks like I might have a winner with Walter T Kelly.
    However I am going to have to buy boxes of 50, one box at a time.

    Box of 50, $36.50 + $21 shipping
    Box of 100, $66 + $73 Shipping

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    Did you try Ruhl? I don't know their prices, but I know they are up in your neck of the woods. Or is that the local supplier you were talking about.
    Chuck Norris once roundhouse kicked Hulk in the face. Now he hides in the forest and changed his name to Shrek

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    Default Frames

    I need to buy 30 frames looks like I have two choices,
    1, my local supplier $1.25 each + 8.9% sales tax Total about $41

    2. Mann Lake was the cheapest I could find with the total coming to $20, until that is you add in shipping which is another $21, total $41


    Try Brushy Mountain Bee Farm. about $.68 a piece if you by 50. $.66 if you buy 100

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    Old, I feel your pain.

    If it helps any, I just ordered 32 frames from Mann Lake, and wow are they nice frames. The bottom bar is very wide and has a shoulder where it meets the side bars for two more glue surfaces. Anything I've found locally doesn't have that style of bottom bar.

    When I'm faced with equal prices for small quantities I usually go with someone I haven't used before so I can evaluate their product.

    Just a thought.

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    I recently bought 30 medium frames, 3 medium supers, 5 deep frames and a 5 frame nuc from Mann Lake and shipping was $21. Minn. to Ks.

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    Kelly will ship USPS if you request it.
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    If the pricing is the same and it were me, I would buy locally.
    Buying local might be more beneficial in the long run. It keeps the money closer to home, provides jobs that helps your local economy...and ... the sales tax you pay may be providing other benefits to you and your neighbors...




    Quote Originally Posted by oldenglish View Post
    I need to buy 30 frames looks like I have two choices,
    1, my local supplier $1.25 each + 8.9% sales tax Total about $41

    2. Mann Lake was the cheapest I could find with the total coming to $20, until that is you add in shipping which is another $21, total $41

    I think its a conspiricy

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldenglish View Post
    looks like I might have a winner with Walter T Kelly.
    However I am going to have to buy boxes of 50, one box at a time.

    Box of 50, $36.50 + $21 shipping
    Box of 100, $66 + $73 Shipping
    You call Western Bee?????

    I have a load coming from them... but not sure when it's leaving. How much of a hurry are you in???

    JoeMcc
    "Slow Down and Taste the Vanilla" - My Grandma

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    I like to support my local economy as well. But ManLake has a superior frame. They do over estimate their shipping and it usually arrives by the 3rd day to Wa. from Ca.

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    I like Kelly frames because they "include" the required hardware in the price. I dont have to buy a lb ea of different size nails. They make a nice frame too. Mann Lake makes good frames also. The newer ones are beefier it seems. But w/ Mann Lake you have to go buy nails to put them together. More time to order and money to ship.
    You think you only need 30 frames but dont forget if you want to split a colony and any trapping you want to do to get free bees. Will you be collecting swarms? doing cutouts? then the frames start adding up.
    Are you using wax foundation? I dont use much and prefer building comb from starter strips.
    If you are using plastic you might consider the complete plastic frame and comb frames. Cost more at first but you dont buy foundation and ahve to install it etc.
    Lots of variables. Good luck

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    Pierco frames= 1.15 each one piece

    Call Dadant in chico to and see the price from there. Chico is close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudhoney View Post
    I like to support my local economy as well. But ManLake has a superior frame. They do over estimate their shipping and it usually arrives by the 3rd day to Wa. from Ca.
    Yeah, there is that. Shipping is really fast to WA. Usually I get the package from Mann Lake the day before the e-mail telling me it's been shipped. They also send an invoice via USPS letter mail for my receipt file.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldenglish View Post
    I need to buy 30 frames looks like I have two choices,
    1, my local supplier $1.25 each + 8.9% sales tax Total about $41

    2. Mann Lake was the cheapest I could find with the total coming to $20, until that is you add in shipping which is another $21, total $41

    I think its a conspiricy
    You should be exempt from sales tax for agrculture purposes.

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    Only for bees in WA state.

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