where to get chemicals and lab supplies

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Where is everyone getting their chemicals, consumables and general lab stuff ? I am working in Botswana, and the supply chains (which were never the best anyway) have unravelled completely; an ordinary chemical that I ordered in January arrived this afternoon, huge numbers of items that Merck sells are on back order, and Fisher Scientific has stopped replying to e-mails. Occasionally I buy from China, but payments can be a nightmare and the shipping (by Fedex) is hopelessly eratic.

Is there a supplier that ships to Africa, holds stock, and doesn't take months to deliver ?

Thanks, Peter
Peter Apps
Glad that I'm retired !!!
I wish I could help, but we have the same delays here in USA, even from Fisher, Sigma Aldrich and others.

Took me 6 months to get an order of plastic pipette tips, and just try to get Diazald for Herbicide derivitization.
The past is there to guide us into the future, not to dwell in.
Even items as simple as 20 mL headspace vials are impossible to get in the US. We ordered some in March and they still haven't arrived.
So it's not just me. I suppose there is some comfort in that.

Peter
Peter Apps
James_Ball wrote:
I wish I could help, but we have the same delays here in USA, even from Fisher, Sigma Aldrich and others.


My pointy-haired boss would've accused such as being my fault.

Chromatography computer software issues were also "my fault" like I drove the mouse incorrectly....
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