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Buon Vino Super Jet Filter I hate seeing Amateur Winemakers getting ripped off

2016 June 5

It may not seem like a big deal but replacing the check valve in my Buon Vino Super Jet Plate Filter Pump brought to light what I believe is price gouging by Winemaker Suppliers catering to Amateur Winemakers.  I do not know if this carries over to every item sold by individual suppliers    but in this case and among others a simple plastic check valve seems to be focal point to screw people.

If you own a Buon Vino Superjet Plate Filter you should know after a few years or even earlier if you leave K meta in the pump when cleaning the check valve will go bad.  You know this because the pump starts off intermittently not self priming to not priming at all.  Then you need to replace the check valve.  It is a good idea to have a few handy instead of having to order one in a hurry and not have the time to shop the item.   And boy oh boy you need to shop the item.

Well mine failed and for those who know me,  I take my own advice and had a replacement on hand.  Then I started to look to buy a few spares.  This led me to a google search for shopping.   Homebrewit.com wants 59.99 , the wonderful people at Fallbright.com want 49.00 a real bargain, Hopgoblin.com wants 45.89  ( .89 ? ) , Morewine.com wants 34.95 but it is the old design valve, of course you can go to Midwestsupplies.com and buy a new complete filter for 529.99!

I am not sure how I remembered or what caused me to land on the BosaGrape.com website.   A long time ago Zac Brown recommended them as a good supplier.  I think it was the time I was looking for a semi-automatic corker.  Yes they carry Buon Vino Super Jet parts.  The valve is listed for 36.00.  Keep in mind that is Canadian Dollars.  That translates to $27.00 us.   Also if you need pads they cost less than a than a dollar a piece.

Also while I was goggling my ass off over this I found that Buon Vino markets a 6 plate Super Jet Model.   Same pump just 3 additional plates to allow for more filtering without having to change pads midstream.   Bosa carries the plates for $36.00 CA  ( $27.83 us)   Needless to say I purchased 3 plates.  Amazingly suppliers must think we are stupid.   Bosa carries the 3 plate version for $270.00 us.   and  add three plates and that makes it about $353.00 for the 6 plate  filter compared to MoreWine.com at $599.00  of course if you really want to get screwed you can always go to to Winemakersdepot.com and pay 650.00

Anyway I ordered from Bosa  2 checkvalves, 48 pads , and 3 plates. and paid 25 dollars shipping to Florida. Using my credit card adjusted the exchange rate automatically.  They couldn’t be nicer people to deal with and they shipped very quickly.  Hats off to them.  As for the rest of them I hope they have google alerts when someone quotes their web address.  Then they can read this too.

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Caledon permalink
    June 6, 2016

    Yes, Canadian’s are awesome. Also check Watson’s (http://www.watsons.ca/suppliesorderform.html) which lists the Super Jet at $290.00 (CDN) + shipping costs. The check valve is listed at $30. He is located in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

  2. Bzac permalink
    June 6, 2016

    Both good suppliers , Flory Bosa’s shop is 5 minutes from my house .
    The Bosa family are big in the imported foods game here , and also build condos .

    The wine business started as a corner of the food store , then moved into a small shop , She’s grown it to the point where Bosa now has two big wharehouses .

    It used to be a chaotic place but now they have a great team and it’s very well run.
    They also carry a lot of beer stuff , whole grains etc.

    They started out as amateur winemaking suppliers but with the boom in wineries and breweries up here now sell a lot of professional gear but never forget us amateurs .

    Kevin Watson is great too , I used to buy grapes and juice etc from him when I lived in Montreal.

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