Extreme difference in boiler valve price. Why?

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Extreme difference in boiler valve price. Why?

Post by TCStuckey3rd » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:05 am

So I am trying to buy a new boiler pressure relief valve per chas’s advice in my previous post. Chris coffee has it for about $50, but this other site seems to have it for $15. Any ideas why? Should I avoid the other site for any reason? Here are the links:

https://www.chriscoffee.com/Boiler-Pres ... p/v513.htm

http://www.cafeparts.com/Safety-Valve-Ø ... duct/15306

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Re: Extreme difference in boiler valve price. Why?

Post by chas » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:02 pm

I'd definitely go for the $15 one.

The Chris Coffee one is actually $48.50 which means you either have to buy another small item to get you over $50 so you qualify for free shipping or else you have to pay another $7.50 for shipping which puts the price at $56!

CafeParts shipping for their version is $4.52 so you are really comparing $19.50 to $56.00 - almost 3X difference.
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Re: Extreme difference in boiler valve price. Why?

Post by MDL » Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:13 pm

I can't speak to cafeparts since I have never used them. I bought my machine, and have bought some parts from Chris. Chris Coffee is absolutely honest and reliable. However, there prices for parts can be very high because they stock so many and have to cover the cost of their inventory. When I needed a replacement pump I bought it directly from FluidoTech and paid dramatically less than what Chris charges. If you can find standard parts at other places (e.g. the manufacturer) you can obviously save large amounts. That just means that you need to support Chris for what they are great at; machines, support and service, but not necessarily replacement parts...

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