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oxybate - 24-5-2007 at 18:31

They sell a bunch of chemicals on Ebay.

Do tell...

Magpie - 24-5-2007 at 19:09

Their prices don't look that great. But there is something even more worrisome. They have a picture of a "lab gal" looking at a flask of blue colored water (see below). This is the same picture used on the " > chemicals" website. If you want to read our feelings on "" see:

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alancj - 25-5-2007 at 21:04

I have seen many companies use the same images. Take, for example, jameco has a female operator pictured on their site, and in the catalogue, and I've noticed the same on another unrelated site too. So they could just be "stock" images for people too lazy to find or make their own. But who know...

Sauron - 26-5-2007 at 16:02

More of a ripped image than a stock image. A stock image is one sold commercially by a photo agency like Magnum while a ripped image is one that one company produces and places on the web or in their print catalog and which is then stolen digitally and put to unauthorized use elsewhere. A common, near ubiquitous form of intellectual property theft.

However in the instance of two companies doing identical business (repacking and online selling of chemicals at inflated prices) it IS suspicious.

MagicJigPipe - 28-2-2008 at 22:01

I noticed that TrinityLabSupply sells large quantities of nitromethane and ammonium nitrate. They state SPECIFICALLY that residential orders are OKAY.

This just seems too good to be true and almost suspicious. At first I thought, "Wow, finally I can get some nitromethane, sodium nitrite, ammonium nitrate in medium quantities and various other 'hard to find' chemicals for the home chemist" but then it hit me. What would happen if I ordered nitromethane and NH4NO3 together (especially from the same place). That HAS to look suspicious. I don't even like energetics and, of course, I don't intend to use them for those purposes but I'm still worried of being persecuted for simply buying stuff like that. Has anyone else had experience with this company? I am weary.

Sauron - 29-2-2008 at 04:55

I think you mean wary. Meaning, alarmed, suspicious, on your guard.

You may in addition be weary, meaning tired, needing a rest.

joeflsts - 29-2-2008 at 05:53

Originally posted by oxybate
They sell a bunch of chemicals on Ebay.

Do tell...

I have watched the since they started. It is a individual in San Antonio that started selling Nitric Acid on ebay. He was told to stop and he started selling a Nitric Acid Manufacture kit (Just enough for 500ml). He then started to sell other items as his sales picked up and he could afford to create an inventory.

It isn't a front - but he will eventually be shut down.


Drunkguy - 29-2-2008 at 15:33

Nice find, except im not in USA/Canada and therefore it is of no use to me.

He's an intelligent type of guy to be doing this.

It makes sense to make some money on the side instead of always being the end user.

The_Davster - 29-2-2008 at 20:15

I became aware of this supplier a while ago, and like Magpie I was worried when I saw that picture, however on the 'legit' argument, is that they are apparently a sponsor of If one goes to the powerlabs website, this is made mention of on the homepage.

chemrox - 29-2-2008 at 20:31

That's the way chemical resalers get started. They find a few items that they can good prices on, sell a bunch of kids chemistry set type stuff and hope to develop markets among the amatuer experiments that don't want to set up companies. Nothing wrong with ScienceLab that I could tell except their atrocious bookkeeping and willingness to take orders on non-stock items.

MagicJigPipe - 29-2-2008 at 22:40

I think you mean wary. Meaning, alarmed, suspicious, on your guard.

You may in addition be weary, meaning tired, needing a rest.

Yes, that's what I meant and I am indeed weary because I am forced to be wary.

Ephoton - 1-3-2008 at 04:41

is nitromethane hard to get were you are. I always just called around hobby stores and asked
if the had the chems to mix up your own fuel for a petrol car. didont even have to ask for them
by name. one will some were every were has remote control cars. tell them its for your brother
or something and that he likes to play with the mix as he races. its a bday present.

Drunkguy - 1-3-2008 at 06:54

In the UK atm, there is alot of iodine being sold on ebay by alot of different people. One must presume that following the closure of there is/was an un-met demand for chemicals useful to the synthesis of methamphetamine, as well as homebake explosives for small-scale jihadist terrorists loyal to Allah. Believe it or not, I also saw red phosphorus for sale recently, although this was a one off.

Theres definately a market out there to sell chemicals. Having a masters in chemistry, im a bit over qualified to just be a salesman. However, just because I am well qualified, it doesnt detract from the fact that I need money just as much as the next man, and jobs arent always as forthcoming as careers advisors will lead you to believe when you are an undergraduate focusing all your attention on passing you exams and completing your lab practicals/experiments.

LoKi - 5-3-2008 at 17:37

I've ordered from them via ebay numerous times (maybe from their site, can't remember) and have never had a problem. they are expensive though. I've tried to get them to discount shipping/handling on multi-item orders with no success.

MagicJigPipe - 5-3-2008 at 20:02

I have never encoutered nitromethane locally. I've never really looked but I doubt seriously it is sold pure around here any more than NH4NO3 is (only in cold packs). People in the US are so dumb they probably mistake it for nitroethane and think it's a drug precursor.

I have even been to several agricultural supply stores and still haven't encoutered any stand-alone NH4NO3. They probably wouldn't sell it to me any way as that would look extremely suspicious for a "city slicker" to come in and buy it.

[Edited on 5-3-2008 by MagicJigPipe]

LoKi - 7-3-2008 at 08:12

nitromethane can be condensed with substituted benzaldehydes then reduced to make phenethylamines, many of which are sched. 1 cont. substances, so it is a precursor

Sauron - 7-3-2008 at 19:43

No, not as far as the DEA is concerned. They pay attention to nitroETHANE. Not to nitroMETHANE.

Some substituted phenethylamines are indeed Sch 1, but 2-phenethylamine itself is not, and neither is 1-phenethylamine. By your logic they are also "precursors" but they are not so regarded by DEA.

If you want to make your own precursor list feel free to do so, but let's not pretend that it has anything to do with what is actually watched, regulated or monitored.

Nitromethane MIGHT be on the DHS list but if it is, it is there for reasons unrelated to drugs.

MagicJigPipe - 7-3-2008 at 22:10

Nitromethane is used as a sensitizer for ammonium nitrate and, apparently, is an extremely powerful explosive needing only a blasting cap to detonate.

Since it's what they say Timothy McVeigh and friends used for the OKC bombing I would suspect it is monitered to some degree. That's why I was appalled that it was being sold (in bulk to "residential customers") along with NH4NO3 by the same supplier. I am awfully suspicious.

I suspect that it is on some DHS list (if only because of it's high profile) but I'm not sure.

shadow - 10-3-2008 at 18:36

I bought a 55 gal. drum of nitromethane in 1995 for $1000, at a NHRA drag race for my freinds and my model aircraft.
I simply called the supplier and arranged to pick it up.
I still have a couple gallons, however I saw that it seems relatively easy to make in the lab.

MagicJigPipe - 10-3-2008 at 21:29

Was this on or before April 19th, 1995?

shadow - 7-4-2008 at 16:11

My guess it was the second week of February in 1995.
What does April 19th represent?

MagicJigPipe - 7-4-2008 at 16:27

Apparently, whoever set up the Oklahoma City Bombing (April 19th, 1995) used ammonium nitrate/nitromethane as the explosive material on that date. Something tells me it would have been harder to buy shortly after and even now.

I remember the date vividly as I had family in OKC who were affected by it.

MagicJigPipe - 7-4-2008 at 17:38

Yeah, you should be able to tell. I have my birthday on this site I believe. Why?

smuv - 7-4-2008 at 19:36

If you hang around a drag strip you can get nitromethane. I know someone who obtained a gallon of it last year. In fact, he went to the supplier, expecting to be able to buy a 1 gallon container of nitromethane; they told him you need to bring your own jerry can. He said he didn't have one; they told him to go across the street to a convenience store, get a gallon water container, pour the water out and come back.

Its not that regulated...

OH yeah it was a PETE bottle....I saw it 2 weeks looked like a water balloon about to pop.

P.S. I absolutely assure you this is not a story from my life with me talking in the 3rd person.