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January 11, 2012 3:46 PM   Subscribe

Does anyone have any suggestions for a method of procuring buckyballs on the cheap? Seems as though most places have them for about the same price.
posted by TuxHeDoh to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The come up on Woot pretty frequently. Usually a two pack goes for $28 + $5 shipping.
posted by kimdog at 4:11 PM on January 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

I wouldn't be surprised to find them listed on ebay or craigslist, or in thrift shops this time of year. (Unwanted Christmas gifts).

There also seem to be a few cheap sellers on ebay generally. If they are legit, here's one for $5.99 for 216 balls.
posted by lollusc at 4:38 PM on January 11, 2012

I got mine when a friend ordered them in bulk from China. Including (slow) shipping, it was a bit under $7 a set, but he did pool orders with all his friends and coworkers, and some of their friends,… ending up with over a thousand dollars worth of little 6x6x6 plastic wrapped cubes of spherical magnets.

If you want to go that way, memail me and I can poke him for details.
posted by JiBB at 12:50 AM on January 12, 2012

Why do you call them buckyballs?

The stuff that you want you can order here for US$ 5,90, incl. shipping.
posted by yoyo_nyc at 1:44 AM on January 12, 2012

Buckyballs is a brand name, other brands sold are nano-dots and zen magnets-

3. Where does the name Buckyballs come from?
The name Buckyballs is a nod to Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller, a famous architectural-type best known for the geodesic dome (a sphere made of triangles). It’s a fun shape to make with Buckyballs. FUN FACT: The Carbon 60, one of the strongest atomic structures known to man, are sometimes called Fullerenes. They too were named after Fuller for their similarity to geodesic domes. And Buckycubes? Well, you get the idea. Same great guy...just a bit more of a square.

@yoyo - the items you linked to end up being .30 per magnet - the buckyball brand - is .16 per magnet.

the ones @lollusc linked to are .02

I guess the next question becomes, what's the difference between these .02 and the .16 cent ones?
posted by TuxHeDoh at 6:50 AM on January 12, 2012

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