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Last week, I purchased online five 2016 and ten 357 button type batteries at Battery Blowout.  I paid $4.50 total - shipping inclusive -- for 15 batteries.  The items arrived today in an evenlope -- $0.85 first class mail.

Walmart charges $1.28 for one 2016 cell and $9.60 for a pack of ten nameless 357's.

To get the equivalent of my 15 batteries from "el cheapo" WalMart would cost $22.40 - before tax!

I used to be skeptical (you know, Made in China and all), but this is my second "cheaper than cheap" online battery purchase. The first batch (ten 2032's) worked just as well as store-bought ones.


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I'm equally perplexed with the business model.  I've had good experiences and bad with cheap on-line batteries of various types.
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That reminds me of a similar thing with foam earbud covers.  A bag of 100 was cheaper than a bag of 10.  I didn't want to store 90 more covers, so I bought a bag of 10, but they sent me a bag of 100 anyway.
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I suspect that stores routinely make enormous markup's -- so they can still pay rent, make payroll and taxes and generate profits -- even after so-called 80% OFF BLOWOUT SALES!  And of course, supplies like batteries seldom get steep price cuts, and are thus reliable props for store profits.

Still, to ship batteries from China -- and then to mail 15 of them to my address -- all for $4.50 just seem too cheap to be sustainable -- and yet, there it is, apparently thriving...


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I hear ya.

I got a new Nikon point-and-shoot camera and the "official" battery that Best Buy sells is $40.  Gulp.  Poked around Amazon and found a Japanese brand and, for about $20, I got two batteries, a travel charger, a car charger adapter and a floating strap.


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Yeah, I kick myself for all the times I bought batteries and cables from brick/mortar stores!  Ouch!!  Never again.

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A) You got ripped off, the batteries are all dead.
B) Most people pay premium price for batteries because they don't have time to order them.
C) Everyone else on earth is a robot.
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That's a pretty good price!
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Being a tech guy, I've had a LOT of bad experiences with off brand batteries.
Many die quickly, after initially performing well (rechargeable). I've seen many leak, or even burst/cause damage.
Many  non rechargeable discharge even when not in a device, or do not have the same total capacity to discharge.
Some even don't provide improper voltages or even do not fit properly.

In the end, be cautious and I wish you luck.
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Walmart is NOT 'el cheapo.'  Walmart is 'el markupo.'  Target is cheaper.  Shatter the illusion people.

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I buy American...
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Good luck.  My American brand Energizer 2016 batteries are made in Indonesia -- the most populous Muslim country in the world.   :;):


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Still doesn't explain how one can make money selling -- and shipping -- 15 coin cell type batteries for $4.50.

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That is a darn good question.  Even if they had a 90% markup it hardly seems like they were making enough to pull them from stock and package them for mailing.
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I wonder the same on books. I find people selling mine for a penny plus $3.99 s&h and wonder where did they even get a copy and how I am supposed to sell mine at full price if that is what Amazon sellers are offering. How do they make money on penny books?

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Perhaps the distributor sold the batteries to "blow-out" retailers as out of date or below quality benchmark products for pennies on the dollar.  This could explain why battery blowout can afford to sell for such a low price.  I'm sure even Walmart has standards that they won't go below to help provide a better product.  And this might explain why batteries from cheap retailers might not last as long or work as well.

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batteries have one of the biggest mark-ups in retail
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Perhaps the distributor sold the batteries to "blow-out" retailers as out of date or below quality benchmark products for pennies on the dollar.  This could explain why battery blowout can afford to sell for such a low price.  I'm sure even Walmart has standards that they won't go below to help provide a better product.  And this might explain why batteries from cheap retailers might not last as long or work as well.

As mentioned, the last batch I purchased worked really well.  But I suspect the consistency from batch to batch is the weak point.  Still, just unbelievably cheap -- compared to retail.

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Yeah, if it's anything like the mark up's on printer ink -- obscene!  :O


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