Impossible purchasing

Sometime I wonder how all those amazing startups were able to turn into big companies. Years back, when i was importing things from China, the main struggle for me was getting reliable suppliers. First batch of items ok. Second maybe. Third wouldn’t arrive… Or with some other product the first round was good, second round was useless.
With my current journey towards simple homegrowing I feel similar issue, however I am way more cautious before clicking on the pay button. Biggest struggle now is to find draining solution (i have figured what would work for my plants instead of growing pots, how to water them, but getting extra water away from them is quite a strain). Greatest trick so far was probably seeing an item for $0.13 but shipping is $1.25 per item. Usually there would be amount of items times the price and shipping added on top of this sum. But no, it would be in reality $1.38 per item. When you want to get 10, then you pay $13.8. Quite pricey…

Locally there are only items for plumbers that pose issues:

  • Everything is 20mm in diameter or bigger (a bit too big). When asking for guidance in the store, answers are based on the rigidity of local society – „This is based on plumbing standard and you should not use anything else.“ Answer that this is for DIY gardening is disregarded…
  • Everything has rubber gasket inside, this spikes the price up. And speaking of the devil
  • Price – paying close to 4euros per 1 90degree elbow is ridicilous… With my wish to have 20 or more plants – 80e just on these plus some more on gaskets to seal them better and more elbows and pipes to connect it back to the main bucket/reservoir with water…

In the U.S. or in Czech republic these things are available in pretty much any store and are not free, but I could get regular 90 degree elbow for some 20cents? That is 5 for 1euro. That would be quite a deal, allowing me to prototype a bit more without worrying if something doesn’t fit or work. Simply put them in a box, go to store and get what you need. Later you might need the first ones. This is more just a rant about my struggles of getting anything here. Actually even the little pump I have now running my small watering system I had to order online. With few more things in the package (some other household items) the shipping was around 5e and that doesn’t hurt the price and saves my time – I simply pick up the package when it arrives and instead of walking to a store, I can go for a walk elsewhere, especially with such a sunny spring in Finland…

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