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How to Buy Research Chemicals - The Ultimate Guide

CC Background
Table of Contents
Disclaimer and Introduction
Getting Started
Market Research – Finding a Trusted Company
The Black Box of the Internet – Recognizing Unavoidable Uncertainty
Evaluating Research Chemical Vendor Website and Customer Support
Checking for Chemical Quality and Purity
Well Done, You Have Now Identified a Trustworthy Research Chemical Vendor!
Questions or Concerns?
Choosing the Right Payment Option for You
Choosing Your Shipping Option (Tracked or Untracked)
Patiently Await Your Research Chemical Delivery
Conduct (responsible) Research
A flowchart of this article – we’ll take you step-by-step through how to safely procure research chemicals

 

Disclaimer and Introduction

Disclaimer – Research chemicals are for research and analytical purposes only, and not intended for human consumption. This guide is intended as an educational resource only.

You might have heard of popular research chemicals such as 1cP-LSD2-FDCK, or 5-MAPB and be interested in conducting research with them. However, procuring these chemicals for your lab might seem daunting. This is understandable, as there are many bad actors, dishonest vendors, and outright scammers in the space. It’s therefore important to be cautious and do a substantial amount of research (not that kind of research!) before deciding where to buy research chemicals.

 

Getting Started

Make yourself a nice cup of coffee, put on your favorite lab coat, and get comfortable in front of your computer. We’ll take this one step at a time.

when buying research chemicals use proper safety equipment
It is important to use the proper safety equipment while conducting research, or when setting out to buy research chemicals!

 

Market Research – Finding a Trusted Company

Verified vs. Unverified(organic) Reviews

While reviews on a company’s website aren’t necessarily fake, the businesses themselves have complete control over which ones to publish or edit and can even change the star rating displayed on products.

Verified reviews from a third party website such as Trustpilot are substantially more difficult to fake. A review with a “verified” tick next to it means that it was written by a customer who received an invite to rate their experience after making a purchase. Trustpilot can verify these reviews are coming from a paying customer and therefore regards them as legitimate and won’t remove them unless they are explicitly threatening, reveal personal information (doxxing), or are advertising or promoting an unrelated business.

For example, research chemical vendors like RealChems, RareChems, Chemical Planet, Chemical Collective (that’s us), and Eurochems all have several hundred (if not more) reviews on TrustPilot, many of them verified. This is a strong indication that these companies are legitimate and have a good reputation with their customers.

Large numbers of “organic” reviews are a red flag as they can easily be manipulated. Anyone who navigates to the company’s review page can make an organic review, whereas a verified review requires a purchase to have been made. Organic reviews that use repetitive language or writing style, are very short, or appear otherwise unusual, could be a sign that the company in question is generating their own feedback in order to appear legitimate.

verified Trustpilot reviews
An example of a Verified Review. Trustpilot is a very useful resource when doing market research.

 

The Black Box of the Internet – Recognizing Unavoidable Uncertainty

While third party reviews are generally a good gauge of how a company conducts business, some third party forums and review sites can be just as dishonest and misleading as the businesses they claim to hold to account. Comments on forums or review sites should always be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism, as ultimately we can never truly know who is telling the truth and who is simply shilling or defaming a particular organization. You should use your own discernment to decide how much trust to put into a given review site or forum comment.

Generally speaking, if I see many low-effort unverified reviews, then I’ll treat them with some suspicion. However, if I see a majority of verified reviews of varying sizes, with some longer and more detailed reviews mixed in, this is usually a good sign.

 

Evaluating Research Chemical Vendor Website and Customer Support

Scammers are usually lazy – or they wouldn’t have chosen that profession – so it is rare that an individual who sets up a scam/phishing website will have the dedication needed to present themselves as a legitimate company consistently and competently. Check their website to see how often they implement updates. Do they have a recent news section? Have they recently added any new products or changed the website’s design? An out of date, badly made website is a sign that the business is not functioning as it should, and should be approached with caution.

It’s also worth sending your prospective vendor an email to see what kind of response you get. A legitimate vendor will generally have a responsive customer service team and usually operate during normal working hours (though there are those of us who stay glued to the computer longer than we should). They should be able to answer your questions informatively and thoroughly. They should also be lucid, reasonably eloquent, and concise (like they haven’t been up all night conducting research). Basically, the same things you’d look for in any other industry.

Red flags to look out for are receiving no response whatsoever; short and impolite answers to questions or them being pushy or suddenly rude when you suggest you aren’t going to spend money with them.

Jack from Chemical Collective
You should be able to feel the forced smile of the customer service agent through the screen.

 

Checking for Chemical Quality and Purity

Professional and honest vendors must provide proof of chemical purity. NMR test results should be visible on the website or be available upon request. If they’re unable to produce this information you’re likely dealing with a dishonest and/or incompetent organisation, and they should be avoided. In addition to requesting evidence of chemical purity from Research Chemical suppliers, you can also carry out your own tests using reagent testing kits available online, although it is worth noting that reagent tests can be quite unreliable, especially when it comes to novel synthetic substances.

an NMR machine
An NMR machine. They provide very accurate data about the chemical makeup and purity of a compound.

 

Well Done, You Have Now Identified a Trustworthy Research Chemical Vendor!

Happy Science Man
Feel free to take a break, stretch your legs and pour another cup of coffee.

 

Questions or Concerns?

It’s best to feel totally comfortable before parting with your hard-earned cash. So, if you have any questions or concerns remaining, be sure to ask these questions now, before you commit to anything. Any decent vendor will be happy you’ve reached out and to them and gladly answer any questions you might have.

 

Choosing the Right Payment Option for You

Once you’re satisfied you’ve found a trusted source of research chemicals, you’ll need to decide what payment method works best for you. Depending on the company you’re dealing with, you’ll have a range of options, including bank transfer, IDEAL payments and cryptocurrency.

One of the most popular payment methods in this space is using cryptocurrencies, due to the quick transaction times and relatively high levels of safety and anonymity. If you’d like to learn more about these payment options, here’s our guide on How to Buy Bitcoin and How to Pay Using Cointopay.

 

Choosing Your Shipping Option (Tracked or Untracked)

You’ll also need to decide what shipping option works best for you. When dealing with a new and untested vendor, we recommend choosing a tracked shipping option whenever possible. Tracked shipping options often come with a guarantee of a full reship in the event of a lost package (read the shop’s T&C to make sure), so this is a cheap way of ensuring your items arrive safely, even in the unfortunate event of a border seizure or loss. Here at Chemical Collective we offer free tracked shipping within the EU on all orders over €100 and guarantee full reships in the event of a lost package. On smaller orders, you can pay for tracked shipping with the EU for between €7-€10, depending on your location.

 

Patiently Await Your Research Chemical Delivery

It’s best not to sit, staring out of a window, obsessively wondering how long it will be until your precious package arrives. Distracting yourself with a board game or stroll in the park is a good way to pass the time, and the satisfaction of crushing your grandmother at a game of Monopoly will be matched only by the sound of the postman slipping that long-anticipated envelope through the front door!

 

Conduct (responsible) Research

Hurray! Your research materials have arrived. Now it’s time to carefully inspect them and ensure that everything is as it should be. Take the time to run the necessary reagent tests and ensure the weights are correct. If you’re satisfied everything is in order, you can begin preparing for your experiments. As always, be responsible and plan ahead. A group of trusted scientists and researchers should always accompany you during any research period. Take care and best of luck fellow researchers!

Written by Dr. Rick Dagless MD | Guest Blogger at Chemical Collective

10 Comments

  1. It just really sucks a lot of places are not delivering to the us anymore, I feel like America’s research also counts, but usually doesn’t

  2. HI,

    There is a piece of art out there that has EACH AND EVERY GOOD VENDOR ON EARTH LISTED. It goes by the name Racing Car Scene – Safe NOT Scam (don’t quote me on this one 😉 ).

    New shops added ongoing, but no sponsors, new shops even need to provide their company papers to be mentioned.

    Shops are all the same and still quite different; some like Cathinones, others are into Tryptamines, etc. I think they got them all—no idea how they did that.

    I will not put a link here. Nobody paid me for it, so why should I? 😉

    Still, check out that site. It’s insane. I had no idea how many reliable shops there are. Every shop comes with a description and, as an ongoing project, will soon have a dedicated page with photos from at least one test order, just to prove those lying bastard forums that there is more than their stupid sponsors.

    The authors seem to have a thing for eccentric shops btw., which I find funny and is worth a read 🙂

    Kind regards!

  3. Very relaxed, cool and funny Informations; I come back to You too check the Infos for the Bitcoin options now it is 4:00 o`clock a.m.
    (Time to sleep….)

  4. Hey there friend, just reaching out to you to see if you were able to help direct me to where I could get some Clonazalam or something from the benzodiazapine selection of research chemicals that can ship out to the United States? Thank you for your time and consideration. Your friend across the pond..lol!

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