OK I tried once more at Vanbar Camperdown (Mr Baranow doesn't answer MY e-mails) for Sodium Thiosulphate, a common and safe chemical, but hard to find at prices apart from those for a much higher grade than required:
Originally Posted by Andrew K
"It's on the newly designed website -- admittedly with a picture of a jar of another chemical altogether)"
"It's out of stock"
"Can I back-order it?"
"Hmm, hmm. Let's put an order in and see what happens. No-one wants to package chemicals in Melbourne"
Make me the fifth, sixth and so on and on person to say that raw chemicals are extremely difficult to extract from Vanbar.
My fallback Bacto supplied. The price--including $33 P&P--meant that I paid just under $100 per kilo.
As ever I would appreciate any absolutely specific suggestions and contact details from those who claim access to dear old plain "Hypo" at sane prices.
If only small quantities of this chemical were needed, and overseas freight costs were not a factor, I'd gladly abandon Vanbar.
In frustration - Ross