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I know many people order from him. Is it really cost effective for anyone not buying a lot? It looks like minimum shipping is $13. That really ups the cost and I could buy up to 4# locally for a better price. I typically Mb a couple pounds at a time.
 

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It sounds like it wouldn't work out for you with the shipping. I don't know how it comes packed, but could you order a lot and decant it?
 

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If there is an Ace Hardware store near you try them in the drain cleaner section. You may need to explain to them why you want the lye. I bribe the local folks with soap. They have become very helpful like" I can get more from the back room" helpful.:)
 

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Ace is where I usually buy it. Just trying to find a better price and everyone seems to like the lye guy. He's located about 3 hours from me and has great pricing on local pickup (10# for $15). Not sure I would ever want to drive 6 hours for just lye tho.
 

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Ace is where I usually buy it. Just trying to find a better price and everyone seems to like the lye guy. He's located about 3 hours from me and has great pricing on local pickup (10# for $15). Not sure I would ever want to drive 6 hours for just lye tho.
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It is a lovely area. As a child I was near there every summer. My parents go to Palmyra regularly so perhaps I can convince them to drive a little further on one of the trips :)
 

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Before I bought my Lye, from the Lye Guy, I used to get it at Lowe's. It was a decent price.
 

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Lowe's charges an arm and a leg here.

I do not make enough soap that the prices of The Lye Guy make sense with that shipping. It is getting close, though. If I bought one more bottle, it would come out even. But I am more than doubling what I normally order from ED, which is who I get my lyes from now. I just try to be sure to get KOH while I am getting NaOH to make it come out better on the shipping charges.
 

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It's more or less about location. For me Bulk Apothecary's 50 lb bucket is the best value as they are just a state over.
 

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As a hobby soaper, I don't mess with the bulk quantities of NaOH necessary for getting a good internet deal. My local Ace sells a pound for $4, which is cheap enough for me. I'm sure I could save money over the long run if I ordered it, but storage is a bigger issue to me. I never keep more than a few pounds on hand.
 

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As a hobby soaper, I don't mess with the bulk quantities of NaOH necessary for getting a good internet deal. My local Ace sells a pound for $4, which is cheap enough for me. I'm sure I could save money over the long run if I ordered it, but storage is a bigger issue to me. I never keep more than a few pounds on hand.

Wow, a pound for $4.00 sounds like a very good price! I wish I could find such a good price.
 

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As a hobby soaper, I don't mess with the bulk quantities of NaOH necessary for getting a good internet deal. My local Ace sells a pound for $4, which is cheap enough for me. I'm sure I could save money over the long run if I ordered it, but storage is a bigger issue to me. I never keep more than a few pounds on hand.
This is where I have been. I guess I'm considering future usage more than anything. I've been making soap for about 2 years now and was comfortable giving a lot away as gifts this year for Christmas. I've been asked by a number of people if they can buy more and they are amazed I don't sell it. I don't have a problem gifting more for now, but thinking maybe 2018 that will change. The feedback from the swap will be a determining factor :)
 

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This is where I have been. I guess I'm considering future usage more than anything. I've been making soap for about 2 years now and was comfortable giving a lot away as gifts this year for Christmas. I've been asked by a number of people if they can buy more and they are amazed I don't sell it. I don't have a problem gifting more for now, but thinking maybe 2018 that will change. The feedback from the swap will be a determining factor :)
This is where I was 3 months ago. The feedback from the swap will be the final kick over the wall one way or another. The brilliant cat litter/5 gallon bucket storage solution works so well that I can take advantage of the savings of buying more. But I am already using so much more NaOH that I need more on hand.

By the way, I am SO jealous of y'all's ACE hardware lye at $4.00!!!
 

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This is where I was 3 months ago. The feedback from the swap will be the final kick over the wall one way or another. The brilliant cat litter/5 gallon bucket storage solution works so well that I can take advantage of the savings of buying more. But I am already using so much more NaOH that I need more on hand.

By the way, I am SO jealous of y'all's ACE hardware lye at $4.00!!!
I will be trying the bucket method in the spring. My parents aren't going to be near the lye guy until then, but will pick up 10# for me next time they go.
 

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5 lbs for $20 with free shipping. Seems reasonable?
It is reasonable, but I get instant gratification for the same price locally.

I am at a point where I need to figure out how low I can get my costs to see if it would be worthwhile to sell. I am having to price everything since I haven't tracked it at all as a hobbyist. I am also looking at oils in bulk and fo and micas in larger quantities.
 
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