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darkestsky 05-07-2013 06:08 PM

Sera
 
Just wanted to let you guys know that I can order Sera products now (excluding soils of course). They have an IMMENSE catalog of stuff and I have no plans to stock the entire line, but if you're interested in anything they make, just let me know.

The company that makes BorneoWild, Gush and Mosura just started offering Sera products as well, so it's pretty easy for me to add something to my regular orders from them (I receive a shipment every 2 months or so).


So if you want some Sera stuff, let me know and I can get you a price and ETA, etc.

somewhatshocked 05-12-2013 06:28 PM

Their testing kits (and the refill products) are my absolute favorite.

If you can carry them at a competitive price, I think you'll gain customers for them.

hedge_fund 05-12-2013 09:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by somewhatshocked (Post 3349682)
Their testing kits (and the refill products) are my absolute favorite.

If you can carry them at a competitive price, I think you'll gain customers for them.

That's true. All the other cheap stuff on the market is terribly inaccurate.

OVT 05-13-2013 12:16 AM

Re: Sera
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by somewhatshocked (Post 3349682)
Their testing kits (and the refill products) are my absolute favorite.

If you can carry them at a competitive price, I think you'll gain customers for them.

+1

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darkestsky 05-13-2013 03:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by somewhatshocked (Post 3349682)
Their testing kits (and the refill products) are my absolute favorite.

If you can carry them at a competitive price, I think you'll gain customers for them.


Which tests would you most like to see? I have an order getting ready to ship to me in the next couple days that I need to replace some things on. Here's what I can get and what I can sell it for. I don't have access to many of the refill packs yet.

gH $9.95

kH $9.95

pH $8.95

nitrite $11.95

nitrate $11.95

iron $17.95

copper $12.95

magnesium $24.95

magnesium refill (3 pack) $18.95

chlorine $9.95

ammonium/ammonia $13.95

oxygen $14.95

calcium $14.95

calcium refill (3 pack) $7.95

phosphate: $13.95

silicate $19.95

hedge_fund 05-13-2013 11:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by darkestsky (Post 3352874)
Which tests would you most like to see? I have an order getting ready to ship to me in the next couple days that I need to replace some things on. Here's what I can get and what I can sell it for. I don't have access to many of the refill packs yet.

gH $9.95

kH $9.95

pH $8.95

nitrite $11.95

nitrate $11.95

iron $17.95

copper $12.95

magnesium $24.95

magnesium refill (3 pack) $18.95

chlorine $9.95

ammonium/ammonia $13.95

oxygen $14.95

calcium $14.95

calcium refill (3 pack) $7.95

phosphate: $13.95

silicate $19.95

I would purchase the Nitrate one since I need it.

You should probably get the generic ones: nitrate, nitrite, ph, kh, gh, ammonia...maybe even the phosphate or copper (for the shrimpers).

hedge_fund 05-14-2013 12:50 AM

I actually need a nitrate kit ASAP. :-)

OVT 05-14-2013 01:28 AM

Re: Sera
 
If it were my business I would go a bit heavy on the basics (NH3, NO2, NO3) and much lighter on the exotics.

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somewhatshocked 05-14-2013 01:38 AM

Yep - definitely go with the basics.

pH, KH, GH, Nitrite, Nitrate, Ammonia.

The hardness kits are the ones I always turn to and try to recommend.

SouthernCichlids 05-14-2013 01:57 AM

I would also be interested in the nitrate. I was looking for something more accurate for my EI dosing. That API kit is seemingly all over the place

OVT 05-14-2013 02:59 AM

Re: Sera
 
The API's gH test is just wrong. If it were correct, I could walk on water.

I did not put the hardness tests on my wish list becase if that experience. They would be a lot more useful to shrimp keepers.

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darkestsky 05-14-2013 03:59 PM

Alright, thanks for the input guys. I've got the basics coming (gH, kH, pH, nitrate, nitrite, ammonia) as a test order. If these do well, I'll start getting some of the more exotic tests. They are supposed to ship in the next couple days and will arrive in 2-3 weeks.

I really appreciate all your input :)

somewhatshocked 05-15-2013 12:09 AM

Make sure you promote them here in your sponsor sub-forum and target them to the shrimp keepers. Seems like you actually take advantage of your forum and could use it to hit those niche markets for newbie shrimp keepers.

Sera kits are going to be a big hit with those who grow tired of API and other less than accurate products on the market. My philosophy: why pay $7-$10 for a GH kit that's nigh impossible to read (API) and whoa inaccurate when you can spend $10 for something you know will work and is used by other experienced hobbyists (Sera)? No-brainer for me.

The large glass test tubes are an added bonus. Anyone who is reading this and plans to jump on the Sera bandwagon - get ready. You are going to be in love with those tubes. Only takes a couple swirls, no shaking, easy to clean, more sturdy. And you can store your reagent bottle inside the tube when not in use.

hedge_fund 05-15-2013 01:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by darkestsky (Post 3363586)
Alright, thanks for the input guys. I've got the basics coming (gH, kH, pH, nitrate, nitrite, ammonia) as a test order. If these do well, I'll start getting some of the more exotic tests. They are supposed to ship in the next couple days and will arrive in 2-3 weeks.

I really appreciate all your input :)

You need to get rid of the free shipping from your site or people will just order one kit at a time lol

darkestsky 05-15-2013 02:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by somewhatshocked (Post 3366714)
Make sure you promote them here in your sponsor sub-forum and target them to the shrimp keepers. Seems like you actually take advantage of your forum and could use it to hit those niche markets for newbie shrimp keepers.

Sera kits are going to be a big hit with those who grow tired of API and other less than accurate products on the market. My philosophy: why pay $7-$10 for a GH kit that's nigh impossible to read (API) and whoa inaccurate when you can spend $10 for something you know will work and is used by other experienced hobbyists (Sera)? No-brainer for me.

The large glass test tubes are an added bonus. Anyone who is reading this and plans to jump on the Sera bandwagon - get ready. You are going to be in love with those tubes. Only takes a couple swirls, no shaking, easy to clean, more sturdy. And you can store your reagent bottle inside the tube when not in use.

I'll definitely be promoting them when they come in. I don't personally have any experience with the Sera test kits, but you can bet I'm going to hijack 1 of each and try them out. I'm less than thrilled with my current collection of API tests.


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Originally Posted by hedge_fund (Post 3367506)
You need to get rid of the free shipping from your site or people will just order one kit at a time lol

Sigh, hopefully. The reason I'm still doing free shipping on every order is a technical issue. My current shopping cart software has an issue with being able to calculate shipping correctly. It's a small, relatively new company that has a lot of great features (It's GREAT for SEO and has some other neat features, like automatically scouring the web for my competitors' prices on products I carry/import) but it was designed primarily for auto parts websites, and charges shipping each time a new product is added to a customer's cart. I have to offer free shipping for all orders or the shipping charges get out of hand quick. It's a matter of losing some money on some orders or crippling my sales.

Anyways, I'm stuck with the current free shipping scheme until they can make the changes to their software. I'm told it should be within the next month or two....

And people already abuse the free shipping deal. I would if I were the customer. But I admit, it does kind of push my buttons when I get an order for a $6 bag of Barley that ends up costing me about $9 after my cost and shipping charges lol.


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