New Home Depot Liquid Chlorine Packaging and Date Code

pool_dufus

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May 22, 2013
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Dallas, TX
So, today I went down to buy several cartons of HD's 10% liquid chlorine normally packaged 3 to a carton. Today, all they had was 2 to a carton, and the net price per gallon went up as a result. Not only that, the date code changed. The date code on the package I bought was:

2014908

Now, I'm hoping that is not 2014, but rather 2020, Julian day 149. If so, what is the 08?? Anybody know how to read this date code (it does not match other code explanations on other threads on TFP)? And beware, you're going to pay a little more for more for each gallon (about $4/gallon if you buy several cartons).
 

JoyfulNoise

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YYDDD(XX)

20 = 2020
149 = 149th day
08 - most likely a time stamp such as 08:00 hours when it was filled.

The first 5 digits are the important ones.
 

HeyEng

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$4 a gallon, eh? Looks like I picked the right time to go SWG! :)
 

JoyfulNoise

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$4 a gallon, eh? Looks like I picked the right time to go SWG! :)

All pool chemicals have increased in price. The “pandemic panic” is driving the wholesale supply and manufacturing sectors crazy ...
 

HeyEng

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All pool chemicals have increased in price. The “pandemic panic” is driving the wholesale supply and manufacturing sectors crazy ...
Makes sense. My go-to place for cheap chlorine (Atwood's) has been out for a while and due to logistical issues, they aren't sure when they will get anymore in stock.
 

Rich807

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Jun 21, 2020
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Just came from a Lowe’s in Vegas. Had 1
Pallet of Kemtek liquid chlorine in the isle. Date on it & 2nd pallet under shelving was, wait for it.... mid-2018. 3rd pallet stuffed in corner (away from the rest of it) was date coded late December 2020. People almost fighting over stuff in the isle without even looking for a date on the packaging. Thanks to TFP I knew better.
 

joboo7777

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So, today I went down to buy several cartons of HD's 10% liquid chlorine normally packaged 3 to a carton. Today, all they had was 2 to a carton, and the net price per gallon went up as a result. Not only that, the date code changed. The date code on the package I bought was:

2014908

Now, I'm hoping that is not 2014, but rather 2020, Julian day 149. If so, what is the 08?? Anybody know how to read this date code (it does not match other code explanations on other threads on TFP)? And beware, you're going to pay a little more for more for each gallon (about $4/gallon if you buy several cartons).
In McKinney they still have the 3 gallon for 12.98 which comes out to about .70 less per gallon than the 2-pack
 

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pool_dufus

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May 22, 2013
109
Dallas, TX
Yes, they are transitioning over. I shop at the Home Depot in west Plano and they are now selling them 4 to a box. I forget the price, but yes, they price has gone up. Date code seemed to indicate a fresh shipment with manufacture in Feb. or March of 2021.