Polypells

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  1. Brown Dog

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    I've had absolutely no luck finding polypells over here(other than in tiny expensive packets). Does anyone have a website / tel no where I can mail order purchase a big bag?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Dave King

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    Because I was in hurry to get my christmas present up and running. I have resorted to the "beanie Babies". Using two rubber bands you can attach some ole floppy beanie babies to the top of your tripod. Boy, my wife was mad when she caught me with them. I snitched them off the nightstand in the guest room.

    Second alternative after my wife got thorough with me was to go to Kmart and look in the "throw pillow section" some of the stupider looking cushions are filled with the little pellets. My wife is too mad at me to sew me a bag so I am just hunting this weekend with the stupid looking pillows and the basset hound and racoon beanie babies (If I get blood on the beanie babies it will be divorce court for me). One pillow is some kind of pink worm and the other is one of these anime cartoon characters.
     
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  5. Brown Dog

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    Dave,
    Thanks, I may take you up on that! ....right now in my left smock pocket I have a rugby sock with barley in it....works great.....but it hasn't had a soaking yet!

    Edge,
    Thanks, but that advertiser states 'US only'
     
  6. Centre Punch

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    edge,
    Here we go, ebay.co.uk at ths very moment.

    1kg for £4.99, plus £4.95 for postage, thats nearly $9 for both the product and shipping for only just over 2 pounds of pellets /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

    Ian.
     
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    Matt,
    I presume you want thse pellets for your rear field rest, so you need something with a bit of weight but not heavy.
    Sacks of polypropelene pellets of all types are available for the injection moulding business very cheaply.

    Ian.
     
  8. Brown Dog

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    Ian,

    Your maths is off mate, that's nearer $18 for 2lb of pellets!! ....same money gets you 11.5lbs in the US ...we're almost 6 times more expensive! ...ain't Blair's Britain great?!! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

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    Sacks of polypropelene pellets of all types are available for the injection moulding business very cheaply

    [/ QUOTE ] ...that sounds good; any company you could point me at? ...thanks!
     
  9. Ian M

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    Brown dog,
    Ian is correct in suggesting contacting an injection molding company, for instance a place that makes plastic bottles. The raw material they use is in the form of plastic pellets. Another source is from hobby craft suppliers, since the little beads are the basis for dolls etc. They are very cheap, unless you have to buy them in very small quantities. Advantage is they do not hold water, they are light and easy to work with.
    Although heavier I also use bags filled with budgie gravel, available in pet stores. Nicely screened so it is uniform, clean and easy to fill with also.
    Now sneaking beanie-babies from your wife's collection is probably the last resort, but you got to do what you got to do /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    I contacted the Ebay seller and asked why US only.
    Here is the reply:

    "I can ship to UK, however, this is a heavy item and there is not a flat rate priority box so it would cost more to ship. The box weighs 12.1 pounds and I do charge a 3.00 handleing fee for out of the country."

    I suppose that the shipping may be much more than the item purchased, but you could calculate that from your own city code.

    edge.
     
  11. Centre Punch

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    Matt,
    There's nothing wrong with my maths mate, its the the way you interpreted my wording! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif, No seriously, i meant to say $9 for the product and $9 for the shipping.

    I live in the same town where they make the Mclaren baby buggy and the injection moulding section was only round the corner from where i used to work, these pellets were everywhere.
    If they dropped a sack from a forklift where they were stored outside, they usually left them and you could help yourself.
    That was a few years ago and they have cleaned up their act now to confirm with HSE regs.

    I cant point you in the direction of a specific company but try British plastics and look under injection moulding supplys in Yellow pages.

    Ian.
     
  12. Brown Dog

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    Thanks Ian,

    ..just rung round my local plastics moulder; he couldn't help...but put me onto his wholesaler...much better value....only 76p/lb delivered.

    ...that would put them at £8.74 for 11.5lbs

    ...trouble is; minimum bag size is 55lbs! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    What is it about UK that makes everything so difficult?! ..I'll keep looking!
     
  13. Centre Punch

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    Matt,
    I think its a case of, if why try to find a product at a similar price to what our US friends pay we are out of luck. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif
    Looks like you are going to be stuck with UK rip-off prices.
    Makes me £$%#&*@ mad! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif

    Ian
     
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    I live in ky. in the united states and work in an injection molding company and we throw away hunreds of pounds every week.I've never heard of anyone using them, I always use sand.If I could be of help let me know.Thanks trb0