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    Default Chinese Rotomolded Coolers

    I've seen some kayaks on here from China that are knockoffs of many popular brands offered here in the US, and for the most part they look pretty decent for the price. That got me thinking about rotomolded coolers and sure enough there are many to choose from. For a long time I've thought Yeti's and the like were extremely overpriced and after seeing how much they cost direct from China I'm pretty sure I'm right. They are like sunglasses, 80% made in the same place (China), often the same factory, and range in price from $5-$500 depending on the brand you want to pay for.

    Many coolers on Alibaba require purchasing multiple units (10+), but a few will allow a single purchase. Has anyone bought a rotomolded cooler from overseas, they offer some on eBay as well?

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    I haven't bought any from alibaba, or in general, but the walmart brand (ozark trail maybe?) roto cooler looks pretty decent and is obv much less than a yeti. I've heard it performs very well too. They also have soft coolers but I'm not sure about their quality really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yakscientist View Post
    I haven't bought any from alibaba, or in general, but the walmart brand (ozark trail maybe?) roto cooler looks pretty decent and is obv much less than a yeti. I've heard it performs very well too. They also have soft coolers but I'm not sure about their quality really.
    The coolers direct from China are still about 50% less than the Walmart coolers. They quoted me $60 for a 45qt, and for that price I can probably get another 80qt for less than $200 total. An 80qt Yeti is almost $500. I can buy a lot of ice for that price, and when it gets stolen I'm not going to be out nearly as much. How did Yeti ever get so many people to drop $500 on a cooler!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by silasvirus82 View Post
    I've seen some kayaks on here from China that are knockoffs of many popular brands offered here in the US, and for the most part they look pretty decent for the price. That got me thinking about rotomolded coolers and sure enough there are many to choose from. For a long time I've thought Yeti's and the like were extremely overpriced and after seeing how much they cost direct from China I'm pretty sure I'm right. They are like sunglasses, 80% made in the same place (China), often the same factory, and range in price from $5-$500 depending on the brand you want to pay for.

    Many coolers on Alibaba require purchasing multiple units (10+), but a few will allow a single purchase. Has anyone bought a rotomolded cooler from overseas, they offer some on eBay as well?

    https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta....b468fe0NjKlqg
    If you decide to buy a 45qt let me know how it is or maybe just get you to order two!! Can't beat that price and I wouldn't feel stupid just leaving it on my boat, since its not a couple $100.
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    They sure pass the eye test. I mean they look JUST like the Yetis. Was the quote including shipping?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mytmouse View Post
    They sure pass the eye test. I mean they look JUST like the Yetis. Was the quote including shipping?
    I donít have a formal quote yet, just the checkout price. Iím waiting on pricing for a few different sizes. If I decide to order anyone can piggyback on mine and save on shipping.


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    Gotcha!

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    For that price, I would gladly throw the dice and buy a Yoti. Never understood a Yeti. All the boat guys I go with use whatever’s and never has there a problem with the ice lasting entire trip, even tuna overnights. I see more Yeti tumblers than actual Yeti’s. I guess the hipsters will be wearing Xtratufs to garden in pretty soon.
    Pease Post if you get extra size prices or shipping cost. Thanks
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    Many of these companies will include a custom logo for orders large enough. Be pretty cool to get the Snaggedline logo on a big group buy.


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    I have one of each of the 23qt, 52qt, & 74qt from Wally World, they were less than 1/2 the Yeti price, and i'm more than happy with their performance. They are actually manufacturered from a well known brand you'd recognize, but branded the WM 'Ozark'.

    If you can get the snaggedline logo as a raised embossed logo in the cooler lid, count me in on the bulk order.
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