Do you assume that the chains are identical? Without weights you
cannot get a true comparison of the gold content and without side
by side comparison you cannot judge quality.
I'm assuming that a 1mm snake chain could not possibly weigh
anywhere near 60% more than a 1.3mm snake chain of the same length
(this was the price difference)...:-).....The 1.3 is significantly
As far as quality goes, the inexpensive one I got was the best
quality snake I have seen in 30 years, both in terms of flexibility
(in ALL directions!), and the quality of the endings. Since the Rio
site gives you a lovely magnifier tool, you can easily zoom in on
the 1mm 18" 14K snake ends and very clearly see 1) a chain-end which
leaves the rough end of the snake exposed, 2) a simple, very crudely
soldered, uneven connecting link, and 3) a low quality, stamped
lobster catch. Even their cheaper 1.2mm German chain had better
quality work and parts on the endings.
I only brought this up because of the RADICAL difference in price and
a significant difference in quality on the basis of the criteria by
which this particular chain type is usually judged....My real
question was whether this could be considered a wholesale price (the
item price for a quantity purchase was not significantly different).
Rio's Keystone Countertop catalogue was x3 (I haven't had one for a
few years). I was just wondering if any Orchidians would sell a 1mm
18" 14K snake for $546 (x2) to $820 (x3). Is this the range of the
going price for this item nowadays, which most clients would consider
reasonable? How do you folks markup chains?