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    Great Escape 12.5% bleach $2.50 a gallon

    My local Great Escape, in Batavia, IL. Has there liquid chlorine 12.5% for $2.50 a gallon that is there everyday price.
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    Re: Great Escape 12.5% bleach $2.50 a gallon

    Wow. That sounds like a pretty good deal .... assuming it is not old and been stored out in the sun. Just keep in mind the 12% looses its strength faster than the 6% bleach ... so it if is fresh product, that is great.
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    Re: Great Escape 12.5% bleach $2.50 a gallon

    They are selling it for less than it costs them. Better ask yourself why they would do that......

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    Re: Great Escape 12.5% bleach $2.50 a gallon

    Is there a test to determine strength?
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    Re: Great Escape 12.5% bleach $2.50 a gallon

    PJD, just but it is fairly complex. The simplest way is to measure FC before and after adding to the pool, though that lacks precision.
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    Re: Great Escape 12.5% bleach $2.50 a gallon

    Quote Originally Posted by Alaska Mike
    They are selling it for less than it costs them. Better ask yourself why they would do that......
    If you look at this thread you will find that 12.5% chlorinating liquid is sometimes found at below $2.50 per gallon, though usually sold in carboy quantities. With more usual $3-4 per gallon retail pricing and usual margins, $2.50 per gallon is certainly not below cost though it is a good price at presumably lower margins for the seller. Remember that a $2.50 "cost" for a $3.50 "retail" is a 29% margin and margins on chlorinating liquid are usually higher than that.
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    Re: Great Escape 12.5% bleach $2.50 a gallon

    Im sure they are making money, Im assuming its fine as I have not had any difference in my daily chlorine drop off since using they 12.5% The manager at the store says they go thru a pallet a day, so I am assuming the stock gets rotated quickly. Either way I am happy at the price and so far with the way its working.
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    Re: Great Escape 12.5% bleach $2.50 a gallon

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    PJD, just but it is fairly complex. The simplest way is to measure FC before and after adding to the pool, though that lacks precision.
    Ah, I understand. Maybe using a bucket with freshwater and more carefully measured bleach would be easier. Still time consuming.
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    Great Escape 12.5% bleach $2.50 a gallon

    Great escape and American sales are the two major players in the Chicagoland area, maybe elsewhere also?
    Regardless both sell the gallons of 12.5 for 2.50 during the swimming season to attract customers.
    They are not selling them at a loss, just smart sales tactics. I know one of the managers from the Merrillville store.
    Most people go in for chlorine and walk out with a bunch of other chemicals and pool toys along with the case of chlorine.
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    Re: Great Escape 12.5% bleach $2.50 a gallon

    I get mine at the Great Escape in Batavia too- I know its fine because My chlorine tests after adding are always at the expected levels-They have been selling it at that price for a long time-and get new shipments frequently.
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    Re: Great Escape 12.5% bleach $2.50 a gallon

    Here in Northwest Indiana, Menards is advertising 6% bleach in 96oz. for .99 cents in their sales add today.

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    Re: Great Escape 12.5% bleach $2.50 a gallon

    $2.50/gal for 12.5% is (overall, by unit price) still the cheapest price I've seen this year. The only price I saw cheaper was when Menards did a BOGO sale back in May
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    Re: Great Escape 12.5% bleach $2.50 a gallon

    I just got the Menard's weekly ad by email. 12.5% liquid chlorine for $10/case.
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    Re: Great Escape 12.5% bleach $2.50 a gallon

    Just purchased the Menards 12.5% for $10/case. One gallon raised FC from 4 to 10 in my pool, which pool calculator says should be about 110 oz. worth. Pretty close for this type of precision.
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    Re: Great Escape 12.5% bleach $2.50 a gallon

    Too funny, I went to see where the nearest Menard's is to Sacramento.... Casper, WY... right around 1,000 miles. I think I will look for something closer.
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    Re: Great Escape 12.5% bleach $2.50 a gallon

    Glad I saw this thread, I don't keep up with the Menards ads unless we go to the store. I've been paying a regular price of $13 for a case of 10%!
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