Originally Posted by limulus
So a couple of hours after I ordered my Cole-Parmer thermoprobe, I look at ebay and here is what I found for sale in abundant quantities for a lot less $ (2nd photo). Very striking similarities don't ya think? I'm sure I'll get better customer service from Cole-Parmer since they are in IL and not Hong Kong. I'm seeing $28 including shipping on eeeebay
Similar yes; identical no. On the plus side for the Hong Kong version is that it can monitor two probes at the same time and it includes two probes. I also saw those on Ebay. I am curious about this note they put in following the specs:
"Buyers – Please Note:
Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility.
Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying."
I wonder if any of that applies to the USA buyers. I doubt it.
The biggest difference that I can see between the two is that the Cole Parmer model is a "Traceable", meaning it is lab calibrated and certified. The Hong Cong model does not seem to be. I think they are both made in China as is almost everything these days.
The Hong Kong mode sure does have a hot price. I would buy one if I didn't already have the Cole Parmer unit. Might buy one anyway at that price just to have a backup. Might just buy two of them.