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David Todd
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I'm looking for a source to purchase clear plastic tubing like this:

https://store.visipak.com/3-8-x-18-inch-......ube.html

or this:

https://www.cleartecpackaging.com/clear-plastic-tubes.html

This is hard plastic, thin walled tubing , not soft tubing.

Both of these companies , Visipak and ClearTec Packaging only sell in bulk amounts of 100 - to - 450 tubes in a carton. I don't need that many. I only need a few to prepare some small gimmicks on a piece of apparatus I'm making. Visipak has a minimum order of 450 tubes at $117.00 for the carton. I certainly don't need 450 ! I don't need 100 or 50 or 25. ClearTec's minimum order of 100 tubes is $25.00 , which won't break me , but if I can buy smaller quantities (I only need perhaps 6 of these tubes) so I'm spending less and not having a box of tubes left over , I would prefer it.

Does anyone know of an online source who sells this sort of clear thin-walled, hard plastic tubing in smaller quantities ? I've searched , but so far I'm coming up with nothing.


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Try Tap Plastics. The have mail order and if your in the U.S. there might even be a retail store near you.

https://www.tapplastics.com/product/plas......ubes/141
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On Sep 16, 2020, ekins wrote:
Try Tap Plastics. The have mail order and if your in the U.S. there might even be a retail store near you.

https://www.tapplastics.com/product/plas......ubes/141



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Here is a source for thin wall rigid plastic tubing (clear) -

https://www.petmountain.com/product/lees......nt=19900


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Look for aquarium tubing.
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On Oct 3, 2020, hugmagic wrote:
Look for aquarium tubing.


Yes, the Lees Thinwall aquarium tubing was close , but thicker than I wanted - https://www.petmountain.com/product/lees......nt=19900
(these have a wall thickness of 0.031" / 1/32" .)

The ClearTec thin wall tubes turned out to be what I needed - https://www.cleartecpackaging.com/clear-plastic-tubes.html
The 3/8” tube , actual inside diameter: 0.421" , outside diameter: 0.445" , with wall thickness of 0.012"/ 1/85" .

They are surprisingly strong for such a thin wall.

Minimum Order for this size tubing is a pack of 50 , which costs $42.34. (the price recently went up, because this size I wanted is not a standard catalog item for them, it's special order. That's not an outrageously high price, but I did not need that many.
On some of ClearTec's items they have minimum of 25 , but most are a minimum of 50.

By comparison , for similar tubing from Visipak the minimum order was 450 tubes for $117.00.
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