So, you want to buy research chemicals online, but you’re scared from the one time (or many times) you were scammed?
We’ve got you!
Read on for 6 top tips on how to buy research chemicals online from ONLY the most trustworthy sources and suppliers.
Times are tough, I get it, but don’t allow the attractiveness of a ‘good’ deal pull you into making a bad decision. Most reputable vendors follow the same pricing structure, so anything that stands out as a real bargain is most likely a scam and should prompt you to take a closer look at the website.
Bottom line – if the price looks too good to be true, it usually is!
If the website is selling clearly illegal products (UN listed substances such as cocaine, MDMA, methamphetamine, diazepam, alprazolam), then this is also a red flag as no reputable vendor would risk not only their reputation, but also their freedom, by selling illegal products. Similarly, if they list many compounds that are not widely distributed by other vendors then this too should set off alarm bells in your head.
Reviews, reviews, reviews! When looking to buy research chemicals online, reviews go a long way. It’s no different to booking a hotel, would you rather book the one with gleaming reports or the one where everyone complains about the bathroom that clearly hasn’t been cleaned in over a decade? Yeah, thought so. Always search for the company on review websites such as Trustpilot or reviews.io before making a purchase.
It is worth noting, however, that due to the nature of these products, many review sites ban research chemical companies. With this in mind, it is worth exploring our other top tips before deciding that their lack of reviews is a deal breaker.
Companies rely on their customers to stay afloat, and so a trustworthy one will have a support team that wants to make sure these customers are happy. If you’re not convinced by the contents of their website, try sending them an email (providing they even have a contact page – red flag alert!) If they don’t respond within a day or two, or, if they do and skirt around your question, bid them farewell and move onto another website.
Ok, you’re not a scientist, but there are very simple things you can look out for when trying to buy research chemicals online. Reputable vendors will know exactly what it is they’re selling and have the correct chemical structures to prove it. If you’re unsure of the correct chemical structure, hop over to Lizard Labs and see if the two match up.
Another thing to look out for is the purity of the product. If the vendor advertises their product as 99,99 or 99,999% purity, it is a serious red flag as obtaining product this pure is extremely unrealistic.
Additionally, any reputable vendor should be able to supply analytical data for products they’re selling — and we don’t just mean a crappy ‘COA’ (certificate of analysis) knocked-up on Word, but genuine NMR or GCMS data. You might not know how to interpret it if you’re not a chemist, but if they provide something that looks convincing it’s another good sign.
This tip speaks for itself and, usually, so does the website! Sometimes it’s obvious at first glance and others on deeper inspection, but if the website is full of typos and poorly written text then it’s most definitely a cause for concern. A cheaply thrown together website does not scream ‘trustworthy source’ and as such, does not bode well for your quest to buy research chemicals online. Seriously, remove the rose-coloured glasses and take a closer look!