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Thought we could share info on mask purchases.. I was paying 2 for 14 for 711 brand.  Saw a guy at VM BTS selling boxes of 50 for 80 thb.. Can give specifics if needed... The one with carbon filter were 120 for 50 masks.  Both made in PRC.  Got off BTS at Ploenchit and they were 10 each.  Looks like they are here to stay, at least on transport. 

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Most shops (Tops, Big C, Tesco etc) and pharmacies now have surgical / medical masks back in supply and sell boxes of 50 for between 200 and 300 Baht (different brands). I used them for the whole Covid mask-wearing policy. On top, I have cloth masks which I can use with carbon inlays, those I already use since long time for the whole air pollution / 2.5 issue.

 

I would not trust any of the street sellers, specially at the low prices you mentioned, I read some reports about recycled masks... 

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28 minutes ago, Swiss1960 said:

Most shops (Tops, Big C, Tesco etc) and pharmacies now have surgical / medical masks back in supply and sell boxes of 50 for between 200 and 300 Baht (different brands). I used them for the whole Covid mask-wearing policy. On top, I have cloth masks which I can use with carbon inlays, those I already use since long time for the whole air pollution / 2.5 issue.

 

I would not trust any of the street sellers, specially at the low prices you mentioned, I read some reports about recycled masks... 

That would be possible on individual mask sales, but on a box of 50?  Think about it...

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7 minutes ago, moontang said:

That would be possible on individual mask sales, but on a box of 50?  Think about it...

Yes, they do... just google "Thailand recycle face masks" and find the articles, see pics below from the raids, second pic shows the 50p boxes labeled "SMP" 

Coronavirus: Police in Thailand discover used face masks 'being re-packaged  as new'

 

Cops bust trio for mask, gel scam

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8 hours ago, Swiss1960 said:

Yes, they do... just google "Thailand recycle face masks" and find the articles, see pics below from the raids, second pic shows the 50p boxes labeled "SMP" 

Coronavirus: Police in Thailand discover used face masks 'being re-packaged  as new'

 

Cops bust trio for mask, gel scam

All that was in early March, when the entire industry was much different.  They were scarce then.  I have seen articles showing eyeglass recycling actually cost more than it would to simply buy them new glasses.  It seems like it would cost much more to recycle than produce them, and some of the gougers are already serving sentences, but you can't let your guard down.  Spend some time in Cambo and you will see some shockingly bad business scams like dead batteries, dead lighters, worthless fruits, refilled bottled water... hopefully not a preview of the new normal in LOS.

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1 hour ago, geisha said:

Cheapest here in EU, 30 € for pack of 50.  I think they’re making a healthy profit.

In France 13 € for 50 surgical masks

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9 hours ago, geisha said:

Cheapest here in EU, 30 € for pack of 50.  I think they’re making a healthy profit.

 

7 hours ago, daejung said:

In France 13 € for 50 surgical masks

I think you two have the makings of a nice small business!

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7 hours ago, sateuk said:

What an interesting topic of conversation how much was your mask! Get a life 

Well, if you would be living in Thailand, you would know that masks are essential and mandatory for almost everything you want to do (if you leave your house I mean), and there is pretty much a "no mask - no shopping" policy in place.

 

I remember when my sister-in-law hand-sewed fabric masks for the whole family, because there were no more masks on the market. That is when the fake and recycled masks came up... So for us living here, the topic of what masks you can get where for what price IS of interest - because we older gents want to keep our life 😁

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