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    10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    So, normally I get the concentrated WM brand of bleach that is rated at 8.25%. Our WalMarts recently started carrying 10% bleach in the pool section. Normally I'm dubious of the supplies in the pool section, knowing they are marked up to the unwary shopper. The bottle was $ 3.64 compared to $2.57. So, I did the math.

    The 8.25% comes in 121 oz at $2.57 a bottle. 121 x .0825 = 9.99 oz available chlorine. $2.57 / 9.99oz = 26 cents per oz.

    The 10% comes in 128 oz, so 128 x .10 = 12.80 oz of available chlorine. $3.64 / 12.80 oz = 29 cents per oz.

    So today, the 8.25 bottle wins out, but that price was a rollback, it has been going for $2.98, which ups your unit price to 30 cents.

    The difference is pretty negligible, so it's a matter of preference. Do you want to save a couple cents per bottle, or use less product and a few less bottles in your supply closet? I went with 4 bottles of 10%. Of course, this all presumes the label is accurate, both the strength of the bleach, and the amount in the bottle.

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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    Earlier in the season Wallyworld was offering that 10% liquid chlorine for a lower price of $2.50 so that it actually beat out the 8.25% stuff. The price went up later.

    Check out this thread: 2016 bleach prices
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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    I posted this in the 2016 bleach prices thread, but Walmart here in NC just lowered the price back to $2.50. Hopefully it gets lowered where you are soon as well. Here's a pic from earlier today:

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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    I saw the 10% at $2.50 in NH on Tuesday too.
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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    Check the local Menards if you have one. They are running $1.99 for 12.5% in a lot of locations.
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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    Just purchased 15 gallons at WalMart a few nights ago for $2.50 a bottle. They had the stuff on a skid, I'm wondering if they're trying to clear inventory for the end of the season, which is crazy because summer officially started a few weeks ago..
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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    I get it in Albany, NY area for $2.50.

    You just want to make sure to check the label / date. Last ones i got were dated day 156 or so. Some of the older ones went back to 117.
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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    That same exact liquid chlorine at our Walmart is $3.64, I just bought some yesterday.
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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by ntobik View Post
    Just purchased 15 gallons at WalMart a few nights ago for $2.50 a bottle. They had the stuff on a skid, I'm wondering if they're trying to clear inventory for the end of the season, which is crazy because summer officially started a few weeks ago..

    Mine me in New Hartford NY just replenished stock.
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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    It's $2.50 in my area but can't find it in stock.
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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by DerekHayden View Post
    It's $2.50 in my area but can't find it in stock.
    Apparently you have to go in person, the website inventory count is not correct many folks here have reported.
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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    I didn't even think to pass by the pool section for bleach at walmart.....I always go straight to the laundry section.....I guess I will pass by tomorrow and check it out.
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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    Pool Chlorinating liquid has been $2.50 per gallon at the local wal-mart since the day it hit the shelves.

    I went there to get bleach, already had it in my cart and seen the chlorinating liquid as I walked past the pool stuff heading to the garden center. I noticed it right off because it hadn't been there before, read the label and saw it was 10% so I loaded up several gallons and headed back to the laundry aisle to unload the bleach. The Great Value concentrated 8.25% bleach was and still is priced at $3.94 per gallon.

    Definitely have to go in person, the online store has continually shown that my store is out of stock. I was just there and the shelves were full.
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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    Wow, dssmith99. Even Kroger's doesn't charge $3.94 for 8.25%!! That's a ripoff. I wonder if they don't have a pricing error in their computer and have the bottles crossed.
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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    The wife just got back from Walmart... the 10% was at 3.68... guess they didn't get the memo.
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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    Well, spoke too soon. Just stopped at Wal-mart to get some oil and the chlorinating liquid has gone up to $3.64 now, they were restocking the shelves with cases of the stuff. Online site yet again shows "not in stock" but also still shows $2.50 per gallon. Online store has bleach at $3.09 for 121oz, didn't walk all the way back there to look. Still seemed plenty high priced to me. Got about 20 gallons of 10 and 12.5 so using 2 gallon a week I'm probably good to mid Sept.
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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    How do you know how much liquid bleach to add?
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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rickie59 View Post
    How do you know how much liquid bleach to add?
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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    I saw this 10% at WM and bought it. That is what I started the summer on. Once we started swimming the family was saying that their skin felt dry. I checked PH, chlorine, and TA levels and all where right in line. The bleach source was the only thing different. I used up what I had and went back to the usual 8.25 that we have been using. All complaints went away. Doesn't seem like it should have made a difference - I am staying with the 8.25%. The water looks great and everyone is happy.
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    Re: 10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    picked up some of this last week to start getting my pool in order. I only grabbed about 3 gallons to start. I plan to head back and get some more to stock up on while the price is cheap

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