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Sigma-Aldrich

ChemistryForever - 1-2-2019 at 02:06

Is there any way an individual can order from them?

Σldritch - 1-2-2019 at 02:20

Not to my knowledge but perhaps through your workplace, school or university.

monolithic - 1-2-2019 at 18:29

What are you trying to buy? You might be able to find it elsewhere.

ChemistryForever - 2-2-2019 at 04:36

Not that I want exactly to buy something. It is just because they have everything, so if you can buy from them, basically you won't have any more limitations.

Ubya - 2-2-2019 at 04:47

they have everything, but prices are over the roof, so if you can find what you want somewhere else is better. i would count on sigma only for really rare or specialized compounds

Tsjerk - 2-2-2019 at 05:35

Sigma is the best of you have the money. They are hard to get an account though. What country are you in?

monolithic - 2-2-2019 at 13:55

Quote: Originally posted by ChemistryForever  
Not that I want exactly to buy something. It is just because they have everything, so if you can buy from them, basically you won't have any more limitations.


www.chemsavers.com has a lot of stuff and will gladly ship to an individual at a residential address. They might ask for you to fill out an intended use form if it's something unusual or suspect.

zed - 2-2-2019 at 15:11

We have discussed this before, but that is OK.

I am in the U.S.A..

As I recall it, whether personally ordering, or ordering at my University, I always ordered from Aldrich via an intermediary.

Seems like VWR used to supply Aldrich stuff to my College. Also, Daiggers was a supplier.

For the industrial chemical supplier, even a large sized college, is a mere gnat.

Easier to use a goodly sized local chemical company, as a go between.

The problem is: Do you have a friendly, local, chemical company?

These are much less common than they used to be.



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Tsjerk - 3-2-2019 at 10:56

In the Netherlands Boom is nice if you have a kvk number. At least they were ten years ago.

VWR is a nightmare to get an account with, I set up an account for a legit company I worked for, even that was a pain. In the end I called a friend in Switzerland who works for VWR to get it done.

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Herr Haber - 4-2-2019 at 04:11

In Europe we have Mario :D

MrHomeScientist - 6-2-2019 at 08:53

Yeah I'd avoid Sigma even if I could get an account there. Extremely expensive on almost everything, and you can usually find better deal elsewhere. Alfa is my go to at work, but they of course won't sell to individuals either.

eBay is a surprisingly good source for chemicals. And if you're an adept chemist, you can make a lot of what you want yourself from easier-to-obtain precursors!

karlos³ - 7-2-2019 at 15:32

Just ask your regular chemical supplier if he could place an order for you there... usually, they will do it ;)

zed - 8-2-2019 at 16:38

Yup! Aldrich has always been kind of stand-off-ish. At least, in the USA.

Last time that I called them directly, the woman I spoke to, seemed to instantly profile me as a bad person. Probably sent whatever data she obtained from me, directly to Homeland Security. Spooked me out, and I found an excuse to hang up.

Just wanted a catalog. If a chemical doesn't appear in the catalog, it might not exist in a stable form. Such stuff, is helpful to know. Sometimes.....there Just Ain't such a thing.

Fortunately, some maniac on e-bay was selling new Aldrich Catalogs, for ten bucks each....plus Free Shipping! At least, that is the way I remember it.

OK. I checked. Catalogs are currently available. The 2008 edition is 13 bucks, on Ebay. https://www.ebay.com/p/Chemical%2DBook%2DAldrich%2DHandbook%...

ABE has one in the UK, for even less. https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=1448469664...

Seems unfair, to have to pay for a catalog. But, the world has changed.

Back in the day, a PDR was complementary (free) to pretty much everyone in the healthcare field (esp. students). It is, after all, just drug advertising.

Latest info. suggests current students gotta have it, and they gotta pay. https://commerce.ama-assn.org/store/catalog/productDetail.js...



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monolithic - 9-2-2019 at 05:50

Quote: Originally posted by zed  
Yup! Aldrich has always been kind of stand-off-ish. At least, in the USA.

Last time that I called them directly, the woman I spoke to, seemed to instantly profile me as a bad person. Probably sent whatever data she obtained from me, directly to Homeland Security. Spooked me out, and I found an excuse to hang up.

Just wanted a catalog. If a chemical doesn't appear in the catalog, it might not exist in a stable form. Such stuff, is helpful to know. Sometimes.....there Just Ain't such a thing.

Fortunately, some maniac on e-bay was selling new Aldrich Catalogs, for ten bucks each....plus Free Shipping! At least, that is the way I remember it.

OK. I checked. Catalogs are currently available. The 2008 edition is 13 bucks, on Ebay. https://www.ebay.com/p/Chemical%2DBook%2DAldrich%2DHandbook%...

ABE has one in the UK, for even less. https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=1448469664...

Seems unfair, to have to pay for a catalog. But, the world has changed.

Back in the day, a PDR was complementary (free) to pretty much everyone in the healthcare field (esp. students). It is, after all, just drug advertising.

Latest info. suggests current students gotta have it, and they gotta pay. https://commerce.ama-assn.org/store/catalog/productDetail.js...



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What's the benefit of buying the catalog? Will they ship to an individual who somehow has a catalog?

Mr. Rogers - 10-2-2019 at 10:26

You can order H2O from them and you might get it a year later.


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Jackson - 13-2-2019 at 10:21

Okay so I made an account with sigma but it didn’t ask for any business/school. Do they ask when you are placing an order or can an individual purchase items??

Tsjerk - 13-2-2019 at 10:39

Quote: Originally posted by Jackson  
Okay so I made an account with sigma but it didn’t ask for any business/school. Do they ask when you are placing an order or can an individual purchase items??


Yes, they will probably give you a call after placing the order.

Quote: Originally posted by Mr. Rogers  
You can order H2O from them and you might get it a year later.


I had the same problem with a chemical I order via university, about 100 grams for 25 Euro's. We waited for a long time, but after contacting them it appeared the 100 grams was not deliverable but for 30 Euro's we could get 250 grams the next day. It would have been nice if they would have mentioned that a bit earlier, but then again, people would complain they try to rip you off by saying the can only deliver the bigger amount.

zed - 17-2-2019 at 13:49

Mono, "The Catalog" is a valuable reference guide, regardless of your ability to easily purchase from it.

A&E - 18-2-2019 at 09:08

I've dealt with Sigma many times, once you get through the 'vetting' they are above board in every regard. Before ordering - describing ordering location, delivery punctuality, what needs review and what doesn't, etc. After ordering - customer service is on point if you have specific questions. Never had a bad experience with Sigma. But they employ chemists....it's likely they will notice if you don't have a legitimate need [mainly referring to specialty chemicals; buy your sulfuric acid somewhere else lol]. As for a catalog I dont understand why you'd need that, sounds like an obvious red flag.

pneumatician - 24-3-2019 at 11:34

the problem to buy from this guys is only with chems or with vulgar glassware like RBF too? in Europe?

Dr.Bob - 24-3-2019 at 17:51

I might have some old Aldrich catalogs, not sure if they even send them out now, haven't gotten one in a while, and we order from them often still. But if someone in the US really wants one, I might have a few old ones.

Mr. Rogers - 25-3-2019 at 07:48

I'd rather have cancer than deal with those people.

Cancer works a lot faster, anyhow.

Mush - 25-3-2019 at 12:48

(Successfully) Ordering from Sigma Aldrich in the UK
https://www.sciencemadness.org/whisper/viewthread.php?tid=14...

pneumatician - 25-3-2019 at 14:53

I make a search in the uk site selling items from merck and oh! surprise! not all the catalog of merck is available from this guys.

DavidJR - 25-3-2019 at 16:51

It is, but not on the refer scientific site directly, you need to click through to sigma aldrich.

pneumatician - 29-3-2019 at 14:52

Order Total:

£122.40

ergo 142,19 € for 2 RBF 500ml (male joint)

maybe with this obscene amount of money and some more I start my own brand :)

today I received 2 100ml RBF 24/40 from proglass I purchased like a test and the quality is near perfect, I love this more than the schott-duran equal, total for unit < 7$ & free shipping :)