Hello, my friend and welcome back! I apologize for my absence, but I hope you will find it worth the wait. You see, it all started with a review that I was doing on a Personal First Aid Kit. The people at MyMedic.com sent me one of their’s to review. Now, grab a cup of coffee my friend, and have a seat while we visit.
When I first looked at the kit, I was stunned at what you get for $60.00. Wow! I thought, they must be making a killing on these. With this in mind, I set out to build my own PFAK (Personal First Aid Kit). I began to purchase the items I needed in bulk to get the prices as low as I could. $600.00 later I was ready to start putting together what I thought would be the best Tactical FAK.
These are the items I included:
|6″ Israeli Bandage|
|EMT Trauma Shears, 7.5″ Premium Quality|
|3M Steri-Strip Reinforced Skin Closures – 1/2″ x 4″|
|3M Steri Strip Skin Closures 1/4” X 3”|
|Curad CUR47148NRB Medium Non-Stick Pads|
|Surgical Tape, 1″ x 10yds|
|Dealmed Medical Surgical Sponges, 3″ x 3″|
|2″ Cohesive Stretch Tape|
|Stretch Bandage Roll, 4 x 4 Yards|
|Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream Packet|
|Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets (Packets of 2)|
|Advil Coated Tablets Pain Reliever|
|Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages|
|pair of Nitrile Gloves XL|
|Sterile Alcohol Prep Pads|
|Burnshield Burn Relief Hydrogel|
|Dry Wipes 9 X 13.5|
I added up the total cost including tax and it came to $57.38. I thought that was pretty good until I added in the cost shipping which is about $15.00. Now the total cost is $72.38. I was hoping to make at least $20.00 on each one considering the money and time I had invested for each kit. So now the price is $97.38, but then Amazon .com charges 22.5% just for letting me list it. That is an additional cost of $20.79. This makes the grand total of $118.17.
That might not sound bad to you, but other kits with about the same contents are selling for $65 – $99. So why am I telling you all of this? As it turns out, the prices of most PFAKs on Amazon and eBay are actually pretty good and represent a large investment on the part of the seller. Before you ask, no one is paying me to say this. I just wanted to clear the air on PFAKs and why most cost so much.
It wasn’t a complete loss though. I produced 4 of them for my family and the rest of the supplies will go into my medical SHTF supplies. Now I don’t know about you, but for me, this has been a real eye-opener. I hope it has been the same for you.
I know from now on, I will look at personal and Tactical FAKs in a whole new light. Well, that’s it for today, and I hope you have found this to be as beneficial as I have. Until next time my friend, stay safe, stay strong, and stay prepared.