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Vacmaster 230 On Sale

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  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,643
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    lkapigian said:
    kl8ton said:
    lkapigian said:
    Just went up to 1188

    VP230
    $1,485.00
    $1,188.00
    (We goofed on our pricing.)


    I just saw that. Out of curiosity I signed up for 10 percent off my first purchase. Now I'm on their list.  


    First email I received gave me a promo code.

    Next email:



    And the most recent email:




    I did that as well, did not allow me to apply the coupon to the already discounted price...at that point it is basically the same as the Amazon Sale price now +-, I prefer not to have to many accounts out there and already have amazon
    Yup coupon fine print says no double dipping. It's back to full price 1485, congrats Greg and Darian.
    canuckland
  • lkapigian
    lkapigian Posts: 10,842
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    lkapigian said:
    kl8ton said:
    lkapigian said:
    Just went up to 1188

    VP230
    $1,485.00
    $1,188.00
    (We goofed on our pricing.)


    I just saw that. Out of curiosity I signed up for 10 percent off my first purchase. Now I'm on their list.  


    First email I received gave me a promo code.

    Next email:



    And the most recent email:




    I did that as well, did not allow me to apply the coupon to the already discounted price...at that point it is basically the same as the Amazon Sale price now +-, I prefer not to have to many accounts out there and already have amazon
    I get around this by checking out as a guest and paying with PayPal.  I can track all purchases in the App and let PP handle all the personal data.
    I used PayPal for years, got hacked back in December, lost no money but obviously my account got hijacked , my user name and info changed , immediately changed all passwords but was never able to change my info, contacting PayPal was impossible, closed the whole thing out 
    Visalia, Ca @lkapigian
  • alaskanassasin
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    lkapigian said:
    kl8ton said:
    lkapigian said:
    Just went up to 1188

    VP230
    $1,485.00
    $1,188.00
    (We goofed on our pricing.)


    I just saw that. Out of curiosity I signed up for 10 percent off my first purchase. Now I'm on their list.  


    First email I received gave me a promo code.

    Next email:



    And the most recent email:




    I did that as well, did not allow me to apply the coupon to the already discounted price...at that point it is basically the same as the Amazon Sale price now +-, I prefer not to have to many accounts out there and already have amazon
    I get around this by checking out as a guest and paying with PayPal.  I can track all purchases in the App and let PP handle all the personal data.
    PayPal who wants to charge you $2,500 if they don’t like your politics?
    South of Columbus, Ohio.


  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 19,260
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    lkapigian said:
    lkapigian said:
    kl8ton said:
    lkapigian said:
    Just went up to 1188

    VP230
    $1,485.00
    $1,188.00
    (We goofed on our pricing.)


    I just saw that. Out of curiosity I signed up for 10 percent off my first purchase. Now I'm on their list.  


    First email I received gave me a promo code.

    Next email:



    And the most recent email:




    I did that as well, did not allow me to apply the coupon to the already discounted price...at that point it is basically the same as the Amazon Sale price now +-, I prefer not to have to many accounts out there and already have amazon
    I get around this by checking out as a guest and paying with PayPal.  I can track all purchases in the App and let PP handle all the personal data.
    I used PayPal for years, got hacked back in December, lost no money but obviously my account got hijacked , my user name and info changed , immediately changed all passwords but was never able to change my info, contacting PayPal was impossible, closed the whole thing out 
    Yikes.  That might make a person hesitate to use PayPal.
    They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That's against their interests. - George Carlin
  • Photo Egg
    Photo Egg Posts: 12,110
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    lkapigian said:
    kl8ton said:
    lkapigian said:
    Just went up to 1188

    VP230
    $1,485.00
    $1,188.00
    (We goofed on our pricing.)


    I just saw that. Out of curiosity I signed up for 10 percent off my first purchase. Now I'm on their list.  


    First email I received gave me a promo code.

    Next email:



    And the most recent email:




    I did that as well, did not allow me to apply the coupon to the already discounted price...at that point it is basically the same as the Amazon Sale price now +-, I prefer not to have to many accounts out there and already have amazon
    Order direct and was charged no shipping AND NO tax. Just the tax savings will buy you 1000 bags. Amazon charges sales tax.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • nolaegghead
    nolaegghead Posts: 42,102
    edited February 2023
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    lkapigian said:
    kl8ton said:
    lkapigian said:
    Just went up to 1188

    VP230
    $1,485.00
    $1,188.00
    (We goofed on our pricing.)


    I just saw that. Out of curiosity I signed up for 10 percent off my first purchase. Now I'm on their list.  


    First email I received gave me a promo code.

    Next email:



    And the most recent email:




    I did that as well, did not allow me to apply the coupon to the already discounted price...at that point it is basically the same as the Amazon Sale price now +-, I prefer not to have to many accounts out there and already have amazon
    I get around this by checking out as a guest and paying with PayPal.  I can track all purchases in the App and let PP handle all the personal data.
    PayPal who wants to charge you $2,500 if they don’t like your politics?
    Huh, first I heard of that.  Looks like a nuthinburger. I do hate PayPal, for the record.  I use it for transactions with entities I don’t trust with my financial credentials.

    https://twitter.com/christinapushaw/status/1578905200160813058?s=46&t=zKjXG1OxzGc4-w89k2sg8A
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    I love lamp..
  • Photo Egg
    Photo Egg Posts: 12,110
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    Photo Egg said:
    Everyone should have a chamber sealer.  Just the savings in cheese alone will pay for itself!  Plus it is fun.




    What thickness of bags and brand do you prefer?
    Thickness of 3mil-5mil are readily available. Seems like the thicker the bag the less stretch you get around your food without mushing it. 
    These are the ones I settled on after some interwebz searches.  I haven't tried other brands.  These seem to hold a seal well, do good in sous vide, and flex around food.  They are 3mil thick.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B08MY1PNFD?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title
    Thank you very much!
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • nolaegghead
    nolaegghead Posts: 42,102
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    Unlike the bedroom, thickness in chamber vacuum bags really doesn’t matter so much ( contrast that with how it does matter for food saver styles vacuuming ).

    it has to do with the quick vacuum release in the chamber.  You are much less likely to get holes in the bag with a chamber even though you are pumping down much lower. (Ok, so that part is like the bedroom)
    ______________________________________________
    I love lamp..
  • nolaegghead
    nolaegghead Posts: 42,102
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    Bones are the worst at putting holes in the bag (just like…. Nevermind).
    ______________________________________________
    I love lamp..
  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,643
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    Photo Egg said:
    Everyone should have a chamber sealer.  Just the savings in cheese alone will pay for itself!  Plus it is fun.




    What thickness of bags and brand do you prefer?
    Thickness of 3mil-5mil are readily available. Seems like the thicker the bag the less stretch you get around your food without mushing it. 
    My favourite (LS' too) IV bag... it's fairly thick, flexible, food safe and free! Great for short term storage but I wouldn't use it for SV.


    More seriously...

    I started with an assortment of 4 mil bags, found them too stiff and have since moved to 3 mil. 4 mil and 5 mil are pricier of course and primarily for commercial applications.

    Few lessons learned:
    1) Use a mug/jug/canister... to hold the bag for filling liquid. Watch it like a hawk, if the cool contents start bubbling and move towards the opening before the pump stops, press manual stop immediately. 
    2) Fold the bag opening out 1.5-2" when filling, to avoid getting the seal zone wet.
    3) Try not to stretch the bag opening so they seat flat for the seal. Occasionally I get a little wrinkle or wave that prevents a perfect seal, to fix that I immediately seal it again with FS before the air reenters.
    4) These are great for transferring items into the bag, the big guy can shovel in a whole chicken!

    canuckland
  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,678
    edited February 2023
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    Photo Egg said:
    Anyone have any tips on a good non VacMaster pump oil that’s readily available. 


    JB Industries DVO-24 Bottle of Black Gold Vacuum Pump Oil, 1 gallon - GIDDS-2463009 https://a.co/d/gHSNDUh
    I looked at the oil listed on Amazon. It shows it's ISO 41. I have a gallon sitting at my office that shows it's ISO 46 with the same part number. I believe the Amazon listing is incorrect. 
    webstaurantstore.com sells Lubriplate oil for the Vacmaster, the oil is L0944-054 and ISO 32
    Nearest I can tell ISO 32 is equivalent to 15W  and ISO 46 is about 20W
    https://cdn6.bigcommerce.com/s-eqgv9kc7pj/product_images/uploaded_images/viscositychartlarge.png

    The question is - would ISO 46/20W be safe to use? or should I use the lighter weight ISO 32/15W 

    To further add to the confusion- the Lubriplate website shows the L0944-054 oil is SAE 10 
    https://www.lubriplate.com/Products/Fluid/VACUUM-PUMP-OIL-Series/VACUUM-PUMP-OIL-LIGHT/VACUUM-PUMP-OIL-LIGHT

  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,643
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    GregW said:
    I called Vacmaster this morning. They confirmed the model has not been discontinued. They said my order had already been sent to the shipping company and normally takes four days to deliver. The only issue is it is coming by a freight company and will be delivered by appointment. This is a little less convenient than Amazon, but the savings will be worth it.
    I'm wondering if they realised their pricing goof before or because you called.

    Also, did they ship before or after knowing the error, if latter then it was noble of them because they didn't have to fulfill your order at the goofy price according to this disclaimer...

    Site Transactions

    VacMaster reserves the right to refuse, in its sole discretion, any order placed on this website. Including, without limitation, orders placed with incorrect information or errors in pricing, including any such errors made by VacMaster. VacMaster reserves the right to modify or change any order place on the website. In the event of an order being canceled or changed, VacMaster will attempt to notify you of changes, but does not guarantee that you will receive a notice.



    canuckland
  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,678
    edited February 2023
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    @Canugghead they told me that my order had already been processed and the warehouse was shipping the sealer. I never questioned the lady about the price, I only asked if the 230 was being discontinued, she assured me that it was still a current model. The lady never mentioned anything about the pricing, or there might be an error.
    Also another plus- they don't charge any sales tax.
  • Photo Egg
    Photo Egg Posts: 12,110
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    Photo Egg said:
    Everyone should have a chamber sealer.  Just the savings in cheese alone will pay for itself!  Plus it is fun.




    What thickness of bags and brand do you prefer?
    Thickness of 3mil-5mil are readily available. Seems like the thicker the bag the less stretch you get around your food without mushing it. 
    My favourite (LS' too) IV bag... it's fairly thick, flexible, food safe and free! Great for short term storage but I wouldn't use it for SV.


    More seriously...

    I started with an assortment of 4 mil bags, found them too stiff and have since moved to 3 mil. 4 mil and 5 mil are pricier of course and primarily for commercial applications.

    Few lessons learned:
    1) Use a mug/jug/canister... to hold the bag for filling liquid. Watch it like a hawk, if the cool contents start bubbling and move towards the opening before the pump stops, press manual stop immediately. 
    2) Fold the bag opening out 1.5-2" when filling, to avoid getting the seal zone wet.
    3) Try not to stretch the bag opening so they seat flat for the seal. Occasionally I get a little wrinkle or wave that prevents a perfect seal, to fix that I immediately seal it again with FS before the air reenters.
    4) These are great for transferring items into the bag, the big guy can shovel in a whole chicken!

    Absolutely great info and tips…Thanks for taking the time to share.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,643
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    @Photo Egg you are welcome, happy to share. Looking forward to hearing you guys having fun with this.
    canuckland
  • nolaegghead
    nolaegghead Posts: 42,102
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    LS….RIP
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    I love lamp..
  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,678
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    @nolaegghead please take a look at my oil recommendation question in this thread.
    Thanks 
  • Photo Egg
    Photo Egg Posts: 12,110
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    Got a call from FedEx this morning. With weather delay, they scheduled a time slot for next Tuesday instead on initial delivery of today. Not devastated, but a little bummed.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,678
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    I just got thr Fedex call- they wanted to schedule a delivery next week. I asked if I come pick it up. They said yes. I’m headed there now
  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,643
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    caliking said:
    Photo Egg said:
    @caliking
    Might need some of your past history advice sneaking this into the house or hiding it.
    Lately, I've had success with "No idea how that got here." I think she has given up =)
    Tell your swmbo this is just one of 101 reasons it's a good investment  =)

    canuckland
  • GregW
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    GregW said:
    I just got thr Fedex call- they wanted to schedule a delivery next week. I asked if I come pick it up. They said yes. I’m headed there now
    I have it picked up- it was on a wood pallet and strapped down, far superior to a Amazon shipment.
  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,643
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    GregW said:
    GregW said:
    I just got thr Fedex call- they wanted to schedule a delivery next week. I asked if I come pick it up. They said yes. I’m headed there now
    I have it picked up- it was on a wood pallet and strapped down, far superior to a Amazon shipment.
    Nice! my Amazon delivered box was in rough shape 🤨
    canuckland
  • alaskanassasin
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    South of Columbus, Ohio.


  • alaskanassasin
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    GregW said:
    GregW said:
    I just got thr Fedex call- they wanted to schedule a delivery next week. I asked if I come pick it up. They said yes. I’m headed there now
    I have it picked up- it was on a wood pallet and strapped down, far superior to an Amazon shipment.
    It’s pretty awesome right?
    South of Columbus, Ohio.


  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,678
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    GregW said:
    GregW said:
    I just got thr Fedex call- they wanted to schedule a delivery next week. I asked if I come pick it up. They said yes. I’m headed there now
    I have it picked up- it was on a wood pallet and strapped down, far superior to an Amazon shipment.
    It’s pretty awesome right?
    I have not removed it from the box yet. I have had a bit of bad luck with the table I bought for the sealer. I will post the details.
  • kl8ton
    kl8ton Posts: 5,441
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    GregW said:
    GregW said:
    GregW said:
    I just got thr Fedex call- they wanted to schedule a delivery next week. I asked if I come pick it up. They said yes. I’m headed there now
    I have it picked up- it was on a wood pallet and strapped down, far superior to an Amazon shipment.
    It’s pretty awesome right?
    I have not removed it from the box yet. I have had a bit of bad luck with the table I bought for the sealer. I will post the details.
    Oh man, that stinks.  They make a taller sealer that comes with wheels.  No table needed!  :-)
    Large, Medium, MiniMax, & 22, and 36" Blackstone
    Grand Rapids MI
  • GregW
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    I purchased a table for around $470 from www.webstaurantstore.com
    The box was in really bad shape when it was delivered by FedEx. The table had some damage.

    When I reported the damage, webstaurantstore.com said they would give me a refund and I could do whatever I wanted with the damaged table.
    I would have much preferred to have received the table undamaged and paid full price for it.
    I don't blame FedEx for the damage, the table was very heavy and was not packed well enough to be shipped. I would have gladly have paid extra to have the table shipped by freight on a pallet, but that is not a shipping option.

    Yesterday I went to a local restaurant supply to see if I could buy replacement parts for the table- the lady horse laughed me out of the store. She said you bought one of those table only sold on the web didn't you? She said that table is online only and it is not compatible with parts from any other table brand.  I decided I would just buy a whole new table locally, but they did not have a 24x36 in stock, and even if they did, it would not have a middle shelf that I wanted.

    So, I'm sort of in a tough spot with the table, I may very well just have to live with the damaged table- not what I really wanted to do. 
  • HeavyG
    HeavyG Posts: 10,375
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    Was the damage serious enough to effect the structural integrity of the table in its intended use?
    “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.” ― Philip K. Diçk




  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,678
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    HeavyG said:
    Was the damage serious enough to effect the structural integrity of the table in its intended use?
    A little bit of a dented corner that a block of wood and a hammer could take most of it out. It also has a spot weld coming through the top near the dented corner. A Dremel could polish it down to prevent getting cut by it. I'm a perfectionist, particularly about something that I paid probably more than I should have for. I have always said there was nothing wrong with the money I paid, it was in perfect condition, and I should receive merchandise in the same condition. I know the world doesn't always work that way.
  • Photo Egg
    Photo Egg Posts: 12,110
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    GregW said:
    HeavyG said:
    Was the damage serious enough to effect the structural integrity of the table in its intended use?
    A little bit of a dented corner that a block of wood and a hammer could take most of it out. It also has a spot weld coming through the top near the dented corner. A Dremel could polish it down to prevent getting cut by it. I'm a perfectionist, particularly about something that I paid probably more than I should have for. I have always said there was nothing wrong with the money I paid, it was in perfect condition, and I should receive merchandise in the same condition. I know the world doesn't always work that way.
    Sucks about the shipping damage. But now that it’s free, I would certainly use it till I found a replacement. This now gives you the time to find exactly what you want at a fair price.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas