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Q & A: So-Called ’Cheap’ Liquid Nitrogen

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
your page on the price for LN2 says it costs about $0.20 a liter i have clled around and $4.25 a liter is the cheapest i have seen it for has the price for it increased or am i getting ripped off
- Jason (age 14)
Wapp, NY, USA
A:
Jason -

The price that we pay for liquid nitrogen is $0.20 per liter, but we buy it through our university, which purchases in bulk and sells at cost. I expect that retailers selling to the public will have much higher prices simply for economic reasons... for one, they probably don't sell a very large volume, so the cost of purchasing and storage is much higher for them. Also, as private companies, they no doubt mark up the prices by a fair profit margin.

In order to get liquid nitrogen at a very low price, I suggest that you try and get in touch with some local companies or universities which would use liquid nitrogen in bulk and which are not profit-based. You may need to make some 'inside' friends to help you purchase it.

-Tamara

(published on 10/22/2007)

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