How much does a test tube cost?

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  1. bladder23

    bladder23 Banned

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    I broke a 5 inch test tube in science class and my teacher wants $12

    Is that the actual price of one?
     
  2. Kirby

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    No, this is how she makes a living, inflating the price of test tubes her students break.
     
  3. Anubis

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    they are making you pay for it

    LOL, your HS really poor or something?
     
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    30 seconds of Google shows well under $1 apiece.

    Viper GTS
     
  6. Nitemare

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    sounds about right
     
  7. KMc

    KMc Golden Member

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    It continues to amaze me that people still believe that the price of something is actually closely related to its cost.
     
  8. coldmeat

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    lol exactly what I was thinking.
     
  9. clamum

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    I think they usually go for about $20-$25, you're gettin a deal man, take it!
     
  10. destrekor

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    lol just wait till you get to college chemistry our school had a distro room for assorted chemicals, and a bunch of tools and glassware were right next to that place. You break a test tube? Well go and get some more. But often, we used this tiny test tubes that chemicals would basically make impossible to clean and we just tossed them.
    Then again, this all comes out of tuition... and ordering in bulk like they do, it's not a big deal.
     
  11. bladder23

    bladder23 Banned

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    yea and im in Canada too where the taxes are insane


    boo
     
  12. BigJ

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    Refuse to pay and demand subsidized test tube replacement.
     
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    Tell her you will pay for it when she wins in court.
     
  15. drinkmorejava

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    well.

    If the school orders new supplies every semester anyway (which they do):
    *The only time costs include telling him to give them money, and putting the money in an envelope somewhere
    *shipping cost is almost irrelevant.

    So actually, in this case, they are very close.
     
  16. jorken

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    Didn't you already pay for it?
     
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    Zenmervolt Supermoderator<br>The Garage<br>Elite member

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    No, it's a way to make sure that HS students, who are not, as a whole, the most responsible demographic, have some incentive not to screw around in chemistry class. You break it, you buy it. That way they don't have a bunch of teenagers abusing lab equipment.

    It's just a way to encourage people to be more careful.

    That said, it didn't stop me from breaking a thermometer (while trying to pull it out of one of those rubber stoppers) and ending up with the broken end jammed into my hand. I can still remember the dawning realization right after it happened that I had yelled, "Son of a BITCH!" when it pierced my hand and the teacher was standing immediately next to me.

    ZV
     
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    The rule in my school was, "Either pay (an inflated price) for it or replace it yourself." No one cares in college.

    Just pick one up in a local store and give it to her.
     
  19. Evadman

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    package of 20 for $2 here: linky. You can be a super over achiever and order $10 worth. You will be the hero of the class, and throw your 100 test tubes around all over :)
     
  20. ranmaniac

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    Better a test tube than tissue slides, those things are expensive.

     
  21. ShadowOfMyself

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    That is why I hated experimental classes

    I dropped a microscope once :eek:

    Im horrible with that kind of stuff, I never asked to carry it, so there
     
  22. DLeRium

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    Lol i remember in Chem 1A in college they had lockers for all of us and they would conduct inventory checks at the beginning and end. Maybe it was Chem 1B or whatever but we had a chance near the end to salvage missing stuff in a bin full of crap. So if you were missing a test tube, just grab an extra one. Hah. I don't think it really mattered if u broke stuff in other chem classes like my upper div chem class I just took. Maybe if you broke the expensvie stuff like a dilatometer, you would get screwed, but a test tube? Ehhh.

    Then again you're talking HS huh, so rewinding back then I think my chem teacher did say we had to pay if we broke small stuff.
     
  23. jagec

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    Just wait until you get $100 quartz cuvettes for spectrophotometry.
     
  24. mwmorph

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    You're getting off easy, we have mandatory $25 breakage cards that are non refundable. I've bout 3 so far for each lab class I take and I've never broken anything. UIUC will screw you like that.
     
  25. Slew Foot

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    Youre in Canada eh? Dont you have Universal Health Coverage for test tubes? If not, you should beg your government to start a program. I mean, think of all the uninsured test tubes out there!