It all started with a PFAK Review…

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:

Tourniquet
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
Metal Tweezers
pair of Nitrile Gloves XL
Triple Antiboitic
Benadryl Packets
Sterile Alcohol Prep Pads
Burnshield Burn Relief Hydrogel
Electrolite Powder
Diotame Tablets
Hand Sanatizer
Triangle bandages
Chest seal
Rescue Blanket
Antiseptic Wipe
Dry Wipes 9 X 13.5
FAK Pouch

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.

Sarge

Sarge

Prepper, Patriot, and Proud U.S. ARMY Veteran.

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2 Responses

  1. Dan says:

    The bottom line is…what is it worth to the user. A lot more than you may think. Good article, Sarge.