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[*] posted on 18-2-2019 at 08:25
(Successfully) Ordering from Sigma Aldrich in the UK


Sigma Aldrich normally doesn't sell to amateurs, but they have a network of distributors which you may have more luck with.

I have placed an order with Refer Scientific of Aberdeen. No questions asked. Haven't received it yet but it has been dispatched.
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[*] posted on 19-2-2019 at 12:23


Received today:


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[*] posted on 19-2-2019 at 13:10


Why's AcCl in a metal container?



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[*] posted on 19-2-2019 at 13:22


Quote: Originally posted by fusso  
Why's AcCl in a metal container?
It is in a glass bottle because it attacks many plastics.
The bottle is fragile.
So that is packed in a tin- typically surrounded by vermiculite
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[*] posted on 19-2-2019 at 13:28


It has vermiculite between the glass bottle and the metal container.
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[*] posted on 19-2-2019 at 13:30


There's a hint; the metal container is very big for just 500 g of acetyl chloride.
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[*] posted on 19-2-2019 at 17:33


Yeah, the acetyl chloride was in a bottle of the same kind as the dimethyl carbonate. I was expecting vermiculite but it was actually some sort of absorbent pad stuff. The air in the can certainly smelled like acetic acid even though there was no visible sign of leakage.
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[*] posted on 26-3-2019 at 09:14


This is a normal way for Aldrich to ship hazmat. I once even received red P packed like this.



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[*] posted on 26-3-2019 at 18:36


Refer Scientific on main page doesnt contain many chemicals for sale..

are you sure this is the only alternative?

looks like you are able to buy from Sigma trough them..

do you recommend buy anything from them including simple chemicals?
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[*] posted on 26-3-2019 at 19:25


Quote: Originally posted by ipwn  
Refer Scientific on main page doesnt contain many chemicals for sale..

are you sure this is the only alternative?

looks like you are able to buy from Sigma trough them..

do you recommend buy anything from them including simple chemicals?


You can't purchase from Sigma as an individual.
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[*] posted on 26-3-2019 at 19:42


Yeah, you need to click through to the Sigma page (the red button at the top right of the refer scientific page).

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You then fill a basket on the sigma site, hit check out, and will get sent back to the Refer site to pay. The sigma site seems to show a £22 or so shipping charge but on each of my orders Refer actually charged me only £3.95 shipping.

https://referscientific.co.uk/Sigma-Aldrich

I've placed a few orders with them recently and received everything, including the thionyl chloride which was delivered in a sturdy wooden crate!

You can get anything in the Sigma Aldrich catalogue. The refer scientific site itself doesn't have much.


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[*] posted on 27-3-2019 at 08:43


Wonder if they can ship to the US?

If not, wonder if there's a similar company over here?


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[*] posted on 27-3-2019 at 12:22


Quote: Originally posted by PirateDocBrown  
Wonder if they can ship to the US?

If not, wonder if there's a similar company over here?


Might be worth emailing to ask, but you would probably be better looking for a similar distributor that's closer to you, because international hazmat shipping won't be cheap.
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[*] posted on 4-9-2019 at 13:23


For anyone searching for this later, don't bother trying Refer Scientific any more, they never fulfilled my last 2 orders (after several successful orders) and stopped replying to emails. Had to go to paypal for refund.
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[*] posted on 5-9-2019 at 10:38


Quote: Originally posted by DavidJR  
For anyone searching for this later, don't bother trying Refer Scientific any more, they never fulfilled my last 2 orders (after several successful orders) and stopped replying to emails. Had to go to paypal for refund.


Anything happen that could have caused this? Any communications from them that might think they realized you are an individual?




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[*] posted on 5-9-2019 at 15:19


Quote: Originally posted by Loptr  

Anything happen that could have caused this? Any communications from them that might think they realized you are an individual?


Nope not really, I can't see any clear cause. And if they realized that I was an individual and decided not to sell to me, surely they'd just tell me that and refund what I had paid for items not yet received.
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