"Ocean Crystals" Marine Sea Salt - Too good to be true?

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I stumbled upon this salt: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MARINE-SEA-SALT-18KG-FOR-540ltrs-19-99-/141126392772

It's called "Ocean Crystals", which sounds similar to the trusted "Reef Crystals" and "Instant Ocean".

It's far too good to be true, being sold in brown paper sacks with a logo taped to the sack, 18KG for £20...

What does everyone make of this stuff?!  :embarrassed: It's also being sold by someone who sells fishing gear, it's the only "marine" product he sells...

Obviously I'm advising people steer well clear, but I think it's worth a discussion...

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Looking back through their feedback, I see they were previously selling exactly the same thing for £30.

I really want this to be a good thing, but I'm betting there'll be few people willing to be guinea pigs.
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Reply #2

It'd be handy if you could contact the eBay members who bought the stuff and ask them. Unfortunately they're anonymous.

It's just bizarre. Where's this guy getting it from? Is he making it himself? I don't trust it one bit, which is a shame as if it is what it says it is, we could be missing out on perfectly good salt at an unbeatable price.

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As they're selling fishing gear, perhaps they're fishermen themselves. I originally thought perhaps they're just boiling seawater to get this, but you'd have to boil a hell of a lot to get a bag that size. They do make it sound like they mix it themselves.

I like to think we're being cynical though. You can see in the photo several other bags of this stuff, so perhaps it's just someone with the capital to buy salt and the other trace elements in such quantities that they're able to offer it for this price. I don't understand why the sudden price drop though, especially since the listing says relisted due to popular demand, unless they're trying to make it sound like they've sold loads and other people get on with it.

I hope those paper bags have some sort of plastic lining though, because the salt isn't going to last very long otherwise...
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Nope, the fishing gear they're selling is all course fishing, freshwater. They're not selling any sea fishing gear.

Also, the cost of heating 560L of saltwater until it evaporates to just salt would cost a fortune.

It's very odd. I think I may act on behalf of ReefBase and take it upon myself to ask him some questions about it.

Also, the salt we buy in buckets is just dried out seawater. Have a look at the Red Sea evaporation plantations.
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Their write up sounds reads kike a cut and paste from another salt bucket.
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