$6.50 for a block of wax

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thermalben started the topic in Sunday, 30 Jul 2017 at 10:14pm

Dropped into the local servo enroute to the beach to pick up a couple of blocks of wax. The till showed $13.00.. and when the bloke behind the counter confirmed that yes, wax was $6.50 a block, I declined the transaction and went on my merry way.

$6.50 for a block of wax? I don't consider myself a tightarse, but jeez this is out of hand.

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zenagain commented Sunday, 30 Jul 2017 at 11:19pm

How much is a block of wax in Oz?

About 300 yen here ($3.50 approx.)

There was some primo Brazillian wax that the pro's were using (there's gotta be a joke in there somewhere) and that was 800 yen but like you I refuse to be reamed on that sort of stuff.

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thermalben commented Monday, 31 Jul 2017 at 10:25am

I thought $4 was about average, and I'm happy to pay $5 at the local surf shop. But $6.50 was a bridge too far.

Might have to go back to full length deck grip.. I had an unreal board in the early 90's with one of those purple Damien Hardman Gorilla Grip sets.

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udo commented Monday, 31 Jul 2017 at 3:35pm

Gecko Grip is gd stuff around $4 or $5 a block.
Free shipping in Aust.

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the_varsity commented Monday, 31 Jul 2017 at 11:27am

There's a simple remedy for this...buy a new board each month and they give you at least 1 or 2 blocks of wax...so it's free and 1-2 should last a month. You're welcome.

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thermalben commented Monday, 31 Jul 2017 at 11:36am

Genuis!

Actually, I go through more than 1-2 blocks of wax per month (I like it thick and sticky), but if I'm spending $8-10K on boards per year I'm sure they'll look after me in the wax department.

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lostdoggy commented Monday, 31 Jul 2017 at 1:14pm

I usually get a bunch of $3 wax from Sideways tweed if I'm in the area. Enough to last me till I'm back in the area.
Sex wax is still $5 there though and is more at local stores.

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crg commented Monday, 31 Jul 2017 at 2:07pm

$5 is my threshold...Cream wax by Robbie Page is the go.
But I remember saying I'll never pay more than $20 for a carton of beer...

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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freeride76 commented Monday, 31 Jul 2017 at 2:26pm

Seconds on the Cream.

Hard to get the right season though...I usually stock up when I see it.

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alastair.haldane commented Monday, 31 Jul 2017 at 2:52pm

coffee and wax, both getting up there

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lostdoggy commented Monday, 31 Jul 2017 at 3:28pm

Coffee has increased less than inflation over the years.

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Blowin commented Monday, 31 Jul 2017 at 3:34pm

Wax is my standard birthday present from anyone that knows me.

I feel like a rich man just looking at the little stacks of it all sorted into different temperatures.

Scrooge mcduck stuff.

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udo commented Saturday, 12 Aug 2017 at 5:37pm

Eco Friendly surf wax made in Thirroul..$5 a block....will deliver locally.

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Dannon commented Sunday, 13 Aug 2017 at 6:24pm

Servo tax bro... (Everything bought from a servo is dearer than normal, be it smokes, drinks , pies , fishing gear, car shit,whatever....)

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groundswell commented Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 at 8:10pm

A bloke i helped out who runs a surfshop sent me 3 or 4 blocks of froth or was that frothin surf wax for the effort. Reallly reallly sticky and can be used in any water climate. not sure how much he charges for it though but i highly recomend it. second surf you dont need to rewax, according to the box it lasts a few surfs. But i rewax anyway.

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 at 9:35pm

Wax up every surf for peace of mind.

Don't change it till it looks like the floor of Jenolan cave.

Good winter , Groundswell ?

I liked that shot of Marzo you put up the other week.

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groundswell commented Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 at 9:40pm

Its been pumping this week but early winter had a lot of northerlies and as you know unlike a lot of south coast nsw theres not that many nooks and crannies here for northerlies. Thanks for the Marzo comment hes been ripping, so good to watch. Pity he only surfs if theres less than 3 guys out.

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groundswell commented Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 at 9:54pm

Blowin heres a vid my brother filmed last week, its a bit out of focus as the camera needs a service.
https://vimeo.com/233671112

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 at 10:32pm

Mate , you'll have three quarters of the East coast over there next year if you leave that video up.

Looks fun though.

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whatsaname commented Thursday, 28 Sep 2017 at 11:50am

I only reapply wax every 4 or 5 surfs, is that normal in Vic or am I doing something wrong.

I use Organic surf wax and don't seem to slip off, plus it smells coconutty fresh

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udo commented Saturday, 21 Oct 2017 at 9:31am

Buckshot ..gee mate your wax is cheap !
Anyone used it ?

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Roystein commented Saturday, 21 Oct 2017 at 5:13pm

ben i'll raise you one, got stung $7.25 for a small block of five daughters this morning (at a servo) ...thing was there was no price on it on anywhere or on the shelf, in my haste I hold my paywave card against the machine and bang before you know it I am standing there with my jaw on the floor and shaking my head.

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thermalben commented Saturday, 21 Oct 2017 at 5:23pm

Jeez, soon they’ll be rounding it up to an even ten bucks.

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lostdoggy commented Saturday, 21 Oct 2017 at 6:13pm

Textured decks and full grips might be a smart investment.

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thatguy commented Sunday, 22 Oct 2017 at 8:48am

I've been using Stick It wax for a couple of years. Best I've used so far. Costs about $6 a block and lasts forever.

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MightyMing commented Tuesday, 29 May 2018 at 11:25am

Having a surf is cheap.

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zenagain commented Friday, 25 May 2018 at 8:55am

that would be a good idea for a forum topic- 'show us ya wax job'.

whether you've got a particularly grimy deck or a pristine white deck regaled with interesting patterns.

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thermalben commented Friday, 25 May 2018 at 9:02am

Love the idea Zen!

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udo commented Friday, 25 May 2018 at 9:22am

Thinking back to the wetsuit tub pics Id put money on it that Brokensha has one of the dirtiest wax jobs out there...

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udo commented Friday, 25 May 2018 at 9:30am

Has anyone tried WaxTrak - stick on Wax up templates ?

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yocal commented Friday, 25 May 2018 at 10:23am

Zen that's a great topic. There are so many nuances in design and loving attention/lack thereof

Go deeper Taylor, go deeper!

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thermalben commented Friday, 25 May 2018 at 10:27am

I also endorse a second thread 'show us pics of your wetty tub', curated by Craig.

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yocal commented Friday, 25 May 2018 at 10:30am

Haha I bet there's a story behind that

Go deeper Taylor, go deeper!

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wally commented Friday, 25 May 2018 at 10:47am

But Craig promised us he was going to get a new one.

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Craig commented Friday, 25 May 2018 at 11:25am

Hahah, I did as well, and the new ones getting to quite a state at the moment and might need replacing :P

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simba commented Friday, 25 May 2018 at 1:41pm

Mines similar to that to that but have just updated to those buckets that you can stand in to get out of your wetty.........big improvement.

simba

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udo commented Sunday, 15 Nov 2020 at 6:57pm
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Sheepdog commented Sunday, 15 Nov 2020 at 7:00pm

If capitalism is so great, why does it need socialism to bail it out every dozen or so years?

Sheepdog

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AndyM commented Sunday, 15 Nov 2020 at 7:15pm

Extreme capitalism/neoliberalism has been exposed as a total fraud.

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D-Rex commented Sunday, 15 Nov 2020 at 8:09pm

Yeah, spot on andy. Wouldn't it be great if we could only buy one brand of wax...

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Sheepdog commented Sunday, 15 Nov 2020 at 8:19pm

Better having 40 different brands all at $7 furrrr suuurrrreee aye d rex

Sheepdog

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velocityjohnno commented Sunday, 15 Nov 2020 at 8:43pm

Italian capitalism.
You have 4 sheep.
You don't know where they are.
You break for lunch.

Australian capitalism.
You have 4 sheep
You sell 3 and make the remaining one do the work of 4.
You are surprised when it dies.

On topic, how hard would it be to make up a decent wax? Anyone tried?
The $7 coffee marked the end of mining boom 1 in WA - and home coffee machines took off.

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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 16 Nov 2020 at 8:30am

"Yeah, spot on andy. Wouldn't it be great if we could only buy one brand of wax..."

Ha ha exactly.

And no not all surf wax is $7 a quick google to buy surf wax shows a range of prices but average price seems to be closer to $5, most expensive per block i could see was one at $8 and as cheap as $2.95

https://www.findsports.com.au/p/froth-surf-wax-cool-water/9344216005000?...

But on a bigger topic Imagine if we only had Telecom like the old days that would now cover landlines, mobile & internet, imagine the lack of choice you would have, man that would suck, i changed mobil providers this weekend because i felt i was getting ripped off and my old provider didn't suit my needs anymore.

I love capitalism, you guys can have your government run capitalism

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chook commented Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020 at 3:20pm

isn't the buying of wax really just a bit of charity to help keep your local surf shop in business?
i have full deck grip, so maybe i'm just out of touch with the financial strains of keeping a board adequately waxed

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020 at 3:48pm

Cream. love that gear.

I stockpile it.

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020 at 4:12pm

Bronz zinc and Mrs Palmers wax have been my go to Birthday / Chrissy present requests for a decade at least. I feel like a rich man when I catch a glimpse of my stash.

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stunet commented Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020 at 4:20pm

Yesterday was the first 40° day of the season and I now have three pleasant smelling lumps in my car, one which fills the centre console.

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D-Rex commented Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020 at 5:21pm

Sheepdog's perfect world:
1 type of wax (Sexy Wax)
1 type of wetsuit (Target special long-john)
1 type of leggie (Full Bore rubber hose/nylon cord)
1 type of fins (single glass-on)
1 type of surfboard (NSP mid-length)
1 type of car (Lada Niva/Great Wall sedan)
1 type of beer (Beijing Bitter)
etc etc
Ahh, the stuff of dreams..(sigh)

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020 at 5:31pm

Blowin , give Cream a go.

you'll ditch that Mrs Palmers in a heartbeat.

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Fliplid commented Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020 at 6:35pm

Why not both, sounds like a perfect combination