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    Default Beeswax prices?

    Hi! I just bought two pounds of triple filtered pure beeswax, which smells amazing and has a nice golden color as well. I paid $12 plus shipping.

    Before I make a larger purchase of bars (to make candles etc) I wanted to figure out what the average prices are so I know I'm not overpaying. I know beeswax is more expensive than other types of wax (with good reason).


    Thanks!

    Natasha

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    Default Re: Beeswax prices?

    I sell my wax for 12/pound. The customers act like they're getting a good deal.

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    Default Re: Beeswax prices?

    $10 per lb. is a common retail price. If you don't mind filtering yourself you can get it for 1/2 that price, or less.
    Dan

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    There must be more of a wax market where you folks live. I advertise $6. a pound solar melter wax on Craigslist for months at a time and only occasionally get a taker. One woman buys from another guy for $5. And Mann Lake will only pay me what? $2.25?

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    Default Re: Beeswax prices?

    I have an Amish friend who I get some from for $3.00 a lb.

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    Is all wax the same, no. I'd be sure to know your supplier and how the wax was processed before knowing if the price is good or not. The smell of coumaphos or fluvalinate may not be the smell you're after.
    Regards, Barry

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    An experienced local candle maker would not pay me $6 lb this year for 100lbs. of solar melted honey, she can get filtered blocks from a commercial beekeeper for $5 lb. I did make a sale for $6 to another candle maker.

    Correction: Above I mean solar melted cappings/beeswax. Getting senile is tough.

    Now I had to correct my correction.
    Last edited by odfrank; 12-23-2012 at 12:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    solar melted honey
    Hands down, the cappings wax I melt and filter in my solar melters is more beautiful and fragrant than anything I've ever been able to buy.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
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    Default Re: Beeswax prices?

    Michaels Arts and Crafts sells it for $17 pound retail.

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    I've seen $10/lb either at Michael's or A.C. Moore (can't remember which). Sometimes Michael's has 50% off coupons, which is when I tend to buy "luxury" items. I don't think their wax is as good as Mountain Rose, which runs about $12.50/lb. Locally we pay around $1/oz for the good stuff.

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    Default Re: Beeswax prices?

    Any commercial wax (i.e. Michaels) is probably from China and laden with chemicals.

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    I sell a 25 pound case for $133 shipped, here on the forum. I also sell a retail pack of 16-1 lb bars (each is wrapped) for $92 shipped. These are cheaper then ebay beeswax price.

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    Default Re: Beeswax prices?

    Quote Originally Posted by kbfarms View Post
    Any commercial wax (i.e. Michaels) is probably from China and laden with chemicals.
    Ew - you're probably right. I never got around to buying the Michaels wax, it just didn't feel or smell right. Hope Mountain Rose's beeswax is good, I still have 3/4 of a pound left.

    Is it worth trying filtering wax for sale or just sell it unfiltered in blocks?

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    Does anyone know a source for regular yellow or white bees wax with a natural fragrance? I received an order and it was almost dark brown. I have never seen this before butI can not use it as it is too dark. I am out of my wax and I use it for candles, but I am getting concerned about contaminated wax. I would like to purchase the wax from a beekeeper so I know the source and I can inquire about any chemicals used in the hives. Some of the wax is coming from around the world and then retailed to the US market. Also does anyone know anything about dark brown wax such as I received. I never saw it before, and the seller is not cooperative.

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    Default Re: Beeswax prices?

    Have you seen this "golden color" beeswax ad offered for sale by Beesource member The Honey Household?

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...eswax-for-sale
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    I've bought wax from him a couple times, good wax @ a fair price.
    Dan

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