i think that $27.29 price is likely a typo and is supposed to be the price for a carton of 5 x 5lb bags (several other stores list their cartons of 5 from $20.79-$28.00). the reason I bring this item up is because shipping for tms or black beauty can cost as much or more than the bag of sand itself, and not everyone's LFS carries them. my brother paid $20 shipping on 4 bags of TMS from drs. f&s. at the lowest price of 20.09 for 25lbs(Instawares Restaurant Supply), you come up with the same price *and* you don't have to wait around for the UPS truck. of course with the lowest price I'm mentioning, I'm assuming that office max, staples, office depot, etc. will price match (i'm almost sure it's done in our local office max), and that the store has the sand in stock.
bottom line: if you shop carefully and bring the prices from competitors with you, you can score a bag of black sand in your hometown for about the same price as TMS shipped from DFS, and you don't have to worry about your magnetic glass cleaner picking up bits because silica isn't attracted to magnets (my brothers algae scraper ALWAYS manages to lift a teaspoon or so of TMS with each cleaning of his 60g tank.)
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