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    Default Newbee here with question about plastic bottle prices.......

    Hello all,

    This is my first post, but I have been reading here on the forums for a couple of years.

    My wife and I are relatively new beeks with six hives, and we started with two hives, three years ago. We are a couple of years from retirement, still in our early fifties, and plan to continue/expand beekeeping upon retirement.
    It will likely always be a hobby for us, rather than a source of income, but a few extra bucks a year is fun to have as well. We have about $3000.00 invested in equipment (with our extractor being the biggest investment) and are probably about back to breaking even from honey sales so far.

    To get to my question:

    Am I missing something when it comes to prices of plastic squeeze bottles with flip-top caps ? I have had what I will call "sticker shock" from the beginning !!
    Is there a cheaper route out there to buy these in a large gross number ? I realize that most of the big vendors out there offer a SLIGHT discount when buying larger quantities, but I still seem to be paying probably an average of 60 to 70 cents per plastic bottle. In my opinion, this is a HUGE bite out of the small profit on a bottle of honey. I realize that a profit has to be made in material and labor to make containers, but in our world of plastic today, many beverages (in plastic bottles) are less than 60 cents FULL OF PRODUCT. Yes, they buy and package millions of units (and would suspect that they have their own manufacturing facilities to make them for pennies each) but I would think that there could be a better price offered somewhere between a couple of cents, and SIXTY cents !

    We bottle in glass jars as well, as it seems that 30% or so of our customers are "die-hard mason jar" people. We pay $8 a dozen for glass jars with lids and rings, but somehow I feel better about paying what I am for those heavy, reusable glass containers, than I do paying what we are for what I will call "throw away" plastic.

    Perhaps I am of the vast minority here, but I would not hesitate to drop a grand or two of cash on what I would think could be a more reasonable price on plastic bottles.....say, 25-30 cents each.

    I don't see our beekeeping hobby going anywhere anytime soon, and I have always been one to try and save some money in the long run by spending it up front.

    Can someone chime in here with a suggestion, or am I a new beekeeper in a fantasy world ?
    Any feedback would be appreciated !

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    Default Re: Newbee here with question about plastic bottle prices.......

    You may find some more options at Sailor Plastics:
    https://www.sailorplastics.com/clear...-r-12db-38-400

    I see some 'plain' plastic honey containers with flip lids at $0.463 per bottle, plus shipping. Note that 'bears' are more though.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Newbee here with question about plastic bottle prices.......

    No advice regarding your question, but if you are at "break-even" at your level already, congratulations are in order. You are doing something right.

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    Default Re: Newbee here with question about plastic bottle prices.......

    Have you joined a local club. They might know where the best pricing is for smaller orders or they might do a group order.

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    Default Re: Newbee here with question about plastic bottle prices.......

    Quote Originally Posted by EastSideBuzz View Post
    Have you joined a local club. They might know where the best pricing is for smaller orders or they might do a group order.
    Thank you all so far for your prompt replies, and good ideas.

    Correction:

    Sorry for listing this post as my first one.
    After looking around for a bit here, I realized that I have two previous posts from a year and a half ago. Since I didn't remember my password, and had to reset it, I guess I thought I had never posted before. Sorry everyone !

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    Default Re: Newbee here with question about plastic bottle prices.......

    Quote Originally Posted by bushpilot View Post
    No advice regarding your question, but if you are at "break-even" at your level already, congratulations are in order. You are doing something right.
    What I did not mention is that I "inherited" a couple of active hives last year for next to nothing. That was a huge break !!

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