dealssodastream genesis home soda maker kit (after…

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Awesome deal! Thanks for the heads up. There's the 10 mail in rebate for buying the machine and another rebate for a free refill. Considering the base unit is $70 at target, this was a no brainer!

http://www.qvc.com/cd/pdf/K39722_K39832_CO2_Rebate_offer_July1-Dec31.pdf

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Only thing you gotta watch for is that when I ordered one (I got the "jet" kit for $39), I only got an itty-bitty carbonator cartridge.

So off to BedBathandBeyond....

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These things are actually pretty awesome. I use mine all the time.

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when i do the math, it comes out cheaper to buy name brand soda than this thing's soda, and carbonation cartridges, am i missing something? i can get store brand soda for even cheaper than that too

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@piercedfreak: For me, the appeal is being able to have a ton of small bottles of different flavors on hand and being able to whip up a liter on a whim. I only have to drink a liter at a time of any particular flavor instead of trying to consume 2 liters before it goes flat. Plus, I do many things with my sparkling water other than adding manufactured mix-ins. For example, my favorite thing is to add a splash of cranberry-pomegranate juice to my sparkling water. I have that a lot more often than making knock-offs of brand sodas.

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Food for thought. At $70 prerebate (not including taxes), you could get 120 liters of Soda, assuming its the typical 2 liters for $1 sale at a grocery store.

That translates to 342 servings of soda, costing you about $0.20 a serving

Assuming what reviews have said is correct, this pack should make about 29 liters, or about 83 servings of soda.

Why didn't I include the rebate? Because more often than not, I get burned by rebates and the company never sends them back. Plus you have to include taxes and mailing costs for the rebate, which significantly eats into your discount.

Assuming you pay 8.5% sales tax, this is going to bring up the intial price to just under $76. Include $1 for posting and mailing materials, you have spent about $67 dollars on this product.

This comes out to $0.80 per serving, not including the cost of water.

$0.20/serving for store-bought soda vs $0.80/serving for soda you have to make yourself. I know what I would pick.

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That does assume you never refill it, though. The CO2 refills are $15 for 60L worth of gas, or 50c for 2L. Plus the cost of flavorings. It's still a long time before you'd save any money, but it does appeal to people who want to mix their own flavors.

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FYI, the Primo Flavorstations sell at Tuesday Morning stores for about $30 and the CO2 tanks on those babies are standard like paintball ones so you can fill them at sporting good stores for like $5, they are just as good and carbonate teas, milk, whatever you want, I have one and love it, Big Lots had some too.