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#1 2008-06-18 00:50:49

JohnShowers
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Name: John Showers
From: Northants
Registered: 2008-02-28
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Diptera storage cabinets

I have been considering buying a storage cabinet for diptera as the number of boxes I have is starting to pile up (literally). However the prices in UK are beyond my budget.

I have found a maker in India (Rescholar) and they have quoted me about $US425 for a 12 drawer unit + shipping costs. I am still trying to find out what the shipping would be. Has anyone on here dealt with Rescholar and can vouch for them?  They look pretty good on their web site.

If anyone knows a UK supplier who can match that sort of pricing please could you let me know?

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#2 2008-06-18 13:00:25

conopid
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Name: Nigel Jones
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Re: Diptera storage cabinets

Hello John,
I don't think there is any chance that you could buy at that price in the UK - even for a used cabinet. It looks like an exceptionally good price and I might well be interested in buying a cabinet from Resholar at that price, as I have the same issue - boxes piling up and a steady flow of new material coming in.

If two or more ordered together, this would save on shipping (i.e. half the cost or less, if shared), but then one of us would have to arrange for collection or delivery in the UK and that's not cheap with fuel costs as they are. However, I am in Shropshire, which is not too far away from Northants, so maybe we could meet half way so one could pick up a cabinet from the other. Would this be of interest to you John?

One question - what is EVA (used to line the bottom of trays)? Is it similar to plastazote?


Nigel Jones
Shropshire

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#3 2008-11-16 15:21:16

saab_05
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Re: Diptera storage cabinets

Hi..My sister purchased several boxes and a medium sized cabinet last month. She was given a good price and some freebies. I will ask her the contact details and will update tomorrow. Thanks! smile

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#4 2008-11-17 11:50:35

Andy chick
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Name: Andy Chick
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Re: Diptera storage cabinets

i seem to remember there being a cabinat maker that specialises in entomology/geology cabinats that works with veneres to keep costs down, i'll put the url up when i get home

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#5 2008-12-01 17:45:40

JohnShowers
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Name: John Showers
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Re: Diptera storage cabinets

Thanks for the comments on this topic. Since I first posted it, Nigel Jones and I decided to take the risk and order two cabinets from Rescholar, one for each of us. This is a quick summary of what happened.
I initially made contact with Rescholar via e-mail and received a very quick and full response. Nigel and I decided we would buy one cabinet each but I would handle the deal to try to get a discount. We successfully agreed a price of US$700 for the two including freight etc to Birmingham Airport and asked for delivery after 20th November.  The cost was to be paid in advance. I thought this a bit risky but as I have worked with Indian companies with my job I do know that they are honourable businessmen. As it turned out paying up front has saved us a lot of money as the Pound-Dollar exchange rate has moved very strongly against us since I placed the order.
On 24th November the cabinets arrived at Birmingham Airport and Rescholar sent me the supporting paperwork. In my niaivety I thought it would be just a matter of picking them up and clearing Customs but it is more complex than that. After taking advice from the Customs help line and the Airport handling agent, we had to appoint an import agent to complete the customs declarations and bring the cabinets through. They then delivered them - one to me in Kettering and one to Nigel in Shrewsbury. The cost of the agent, customs, VAT, airport handling fee and delivery to our houses added nearly another 400 to the total. However that still meant we had purchased 12 drawer insect storage cabinets at a much lower price than any I have found in the UK.

We are both delighted with our cabinets and with the service received from Rescholar. The outer cabinet is made from a veneered MDF and each drawer is hardwood with a hinged glass top. The drawers are lined to enable direct pinning and each has two cells for insecticide. Each drawer is also numbered and with a label holder. The only minor critisism is that the lids of the drawers are not as tight-fitting as some of the boxes I have purchased in the UK but they are not bad.

Even at the current poor exchange rate they represent good value for money.

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