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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Rick, Apr 4, 2007.

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  1. Rick

    Rick Guest

    Anyone know why those teeny tiny silver oxide battery prices are off the
    charts? Retail stores - including Radio Schlock - now want between $3.99
    and $4.39 *each* and only a couple years ago they were half that price.
    It doesn't make a lot of sense that you can buy a toy for your kid that
    includes 3 LR44 batteries and it costs $1.99. And then it costs $12.00
    to replace the batteries in it!?

    Anyway, any less expensive places you know of to purchase "watch"
    batteries? MCM used to be good and inexpensive but the last time I
    checked their pricing wasn't much below retail stores on silver oxides.
    They used to carry a wide range of SylvaCell inexpensive replacements
    but dropped the line and only have brand name Eveready, Duracell etc.
    with a much smaller selection.

    Rick
     
  2. Ron(UK)

    Ron(UK) Guest

    Local market here sells a card of 40 assorted button cells for £1.00 I
    beleive that`s about $2 of your Earth money.

    Ron(UK)
     
  3. spam

    spam Guest

    Google is your friend. Google for - LR44 battery - and check the first
    few links that come up. Plenty of online sellers with LR44s for less
    than a dollar apiece.
     
  4. clifto

    clifto Guest

    Still too expensive. You can usually find a small red-LED flashlight with
    three LR44s for $2 or less.
     
  5. clifto

    clifto Guest

    And while we're on the subject, look how many devices that really should
    use AA batteries are made to eat AAA, and devices that would have a decent
    battery lifetime with AAA are made with CR2032 or other coin cells. It's
    not just places like Radio Shack that make money on batteries, either;
    the makers just seem to be making them this way.
     
  6. Check that famous awctioun sight - we bake.
    Importers selling large quantities for pennies each.
     
  7. Jim Yanik

    Jim Yanik Guest

    I bought a 18 pk of AG-13 cells at Target for $4.

    they are packaged "For Aura flickering LED candles",were located back in
    the flashlight section.

    Aura p/n TOP-609NB UPC code 87215 01361

    BTW,the pkg says "batteries contain mercury"
     
  8. Dollar stores - sometimes with gadgets they're still cheaper.
     
  9. HandyAndy

    HandyAndy Guest

    Most of the cheap battery powered toys and watches sourced from the
    Far Eastern countries contain mercuric oxide batteries which must be
    cheaper to produce. They also last longer than silver oxide batteries
    which is why when you buy a new watch the battery lasts a couple of
    years but your new replacement battery only lasts 1 year. Here in the
    UK its ok to import a peice of kit containing a mercuric oxide battery
    but its illegal to sell them as a replacement, due to kids eating them
    and being poisoned.
     
  10. ISTR you can still buy them in Canada. Apparently our kids are smart enough
    to not eat batteries.
     
  11. quietguy

    quietguy Guest

    Our local Clints store sells a 'sheet' of mixed batteries - about 5 each of
    10 different types - $4.99 for the lot (about 50 batteries)

    David
     
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