Obviously only the more prepped have some experience with these sorts of devices rather than the folks just getting a BOB and shelf stocks put up.
Prices have soared through the roof in the last two weeks for the basic things.
Advanced preppers will however know what "The Package" is and that group of items. The price point of the package in pre Fukushima times varied among
dealers from $399-$429. Post Fukushima "The Package" sold at around $529 to $675.
This last week I shopped for several devices. "The Package" is now for sale at $815 with very limited availability.
It can be seen here and this is the only place it can be purchased from currently. www.ki4u.com...
Ok you got me. I was planning on spending about $155 on a dosimeter set, and about $200 for a high range survey meter. I knew it would be a few months
and around $450-$550 for a low range Geiger unit like the CD V-700a or b. Problem with that. They made very few of them for the fallout shelters and
very few can actually be reconditioned and calibrated.
So looking at the price tag I decided to shop as hard as I could. 6 orders later all of them were either canceled by the company, or by myself when
the companies claimed a backorder was required.
What you need to know:
1. Only two companies have updated websites and automatic inventory systems. They all use stock photos but have no current stock on the shelf.
(AdvanceMart and AlertsUSA) not much choice.
2. The meters at Colemans and other sites are not refurbished and calibrated. To make matters worse only about 20% of those surplus meters can even
pass both tests and be calibrated. If you bout one or got one on ebay and didnt send it in for rebuild and certification. Its not going to work. You
bought a box with a flipper needle.
The long and short of it. I picked up a 717 meter calibrated this April for $299. Last one at that price. The only in stock meters are running at the
following prices. $320 for a 715, and $370 for a 717. The market has gone completely nuts with Israel buying our bunkerbusters. You may get lucky if
you shop harder than I did. Working on shopping off and on for two weeks, but I may have missed some sites that have old shelf stock and prices.
My $155 dosimeter set....ran $260 at the only place that had them in stock. The companies who rejected my orders did so since the new units would be
far more expensive now. I agree, they shouldnt take a wash because I was late getting my work done.
I also planned on picking up single dosimeters. We have about 300 people living up here on top of the mountain. may be 400. I wanted 8-10 calibrated
units on my community shelf so people could go between buildings and check on each other if things went south. It was a big no go. Single calibrated
dosimeters of the 742 style are gone. Right after Fukushima they ran $25. Then they bumped to $45. Now the singles are gone. Radmeters4u is the only
company that calibrates them and when they went into high gear they found very few that could be used. I think their site said they did 14,500 and
only 25% of those could pass the first test and less made the second. OK noble idea, Have a few to help out, but thats down the toilet.
A few high points if your still in the market for things:
I found potassium Iodate on an overstock sale. These are the long term ones with a 9 year shelf life. A steal at $7 a bottle of 60. They are scored
and the dose is one half tablet, so 120 doses for $7. You can get them here: www.survivalunlimited.com...
dont bother looking at the
other things. they are all out of stock and the site hasnt been updated in a couple years. Spent some time with the gal on the phone and they lost a
couple workers but the pills are piled up and a couple of the books are still available. The meters and things had to all be turned in as the last
calibrations were in 2003.
Second high point is you can get a very high quality Geiger style hand held meter on amazon, but its made in Russia so its about 45 days to clear
customs and you need to take amazons projected duty tax to land it here. The Israeli supplier will probably be higher since they have more complexity
with actually shipping those sorts of items. I had a small package sent from Israel and got nicked for an additional $38 when it landed in JFK. thats
the way it is though. you want your package, you pay the fees. I dont know any of these sellers so good luck there. It is going to be the only choice
for me in my price range though and the very best value for the money.
Radstickers are now a common source of emergency responder information. They will clear you through contaminated zones and into hospitals much faster
because your carrying the proof of yes or no with you.
Be aware they only have a 2 year shelf life and then you need new ones. $25 for 5 and easy to find.
Smart phone users: You can get a droid app that turns your phone into a survey meter. You cover your camera lens with black tape to block all light
and give the app permission to use the camera. It then records radioactivity strikes on the camera internals. There are many of these and some are
just fakes. A good one will cost under $10. The ones that work have been tested on several models of phone so be sure the app runs well on your model.
Here is one example: www.appbrain.com...
Thats just an example. You need to pick the best one
for your specific phone.
And to end. I dont have anything to do with any of these suppliers other than be irritated because the shipping is always slow. But the above is the
state of the market right now. If you would have told me a reconditioned CD V-717 would sell for $370 a month ago I would have said to open all your
windows and go outside for a while in case its gas or carbon monoxide.
Good luck with your prepping. Add any super low deals you find to the thread to help other folks.
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