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Old 08-25-2008, 09:10 PM   #1
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I used to lease my CO2 bottles, but that became cost prohibitive, so I decided to just buy one. All I wanted was one 10# cylinder. So, I went to the local welding/gas shop. The clerk showed me a bunch of dusty, used cylinders and told me to pick the one I want. I asked about the price. He looked it up in a book and quoted the price at $141 for a 10# cylinder...EMPTY! I asked if that was for a new or used cylinder, and he confirmed that the price was for the used cylinders in the back. I asked if there was any way he could lower the price of a used cylinder. He didn't believe me when I told him that I've seen new cylinders for under $100. When he refused to budge on the price, I told him I had lost interest in buying. He then said, "Well, when you get one, you can have it filled here - just leave it for a COUPLE OF DAYS."

A few phone calls to beverage distributors and welding shops confirmed that the shop I visited is the only one within 150 miles capable of cylinder filling and sales. I like small towns for a lot of reasons, but I hate experiences like this!
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:16 PM   #2
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I'd spend the extra for a 20 pounder and double the time between visits to that place.

 
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:18 PM   #3
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BM - that's exactly what I did. There's a brand new 20# cylinder on the way from MicroMatic. I wonder how many days it'll take these ******** to fill it. Other shops fill cylinders while you wait...for a cheaper price.
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:19 PM   #4
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did you try fire extinguisher shops? I spoke with a local volunteer firemen and he sent me to a place that refills while you wait and are 3 $ cheaper than the local welding supply ...
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:21 PM   #5
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springer - the same shop is the only place in town that services fire extinguishers.
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BM - that's exactly what I did. There's a brand new 20# cylinder on the way from MicroMatic. I wonder how many days it'll take these ******** to fill it. Other shops fill cylinders while you wait...for a cheaper price.
Take comfort in the fact that by the time you have to get a refill...numb-nuts will be gone. (And maybe some competition will show up in town).

 
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:23 PM   #7
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Competition is not likely. This place has been the only game in town since at least 1999 (the last time I lived here).
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springer - the same shop is the only place in town that services fire extinguishers.
Damn so if you use one then you need to need to leave it a few days to be refilled ... sucks if there is another fire .
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:45 PM   #9
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Wow, I thought I lived in a small town. Here, they'll fill it up while you wait, or worst case scenario, you can come back in a couple hours and it'll be filled.
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:48 PM   #10
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I can't imagine anything like that lasting up here. Its just a bit on the lazy side unless they've got a huge list of people waiting.

 
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