Why Buy from Us

Why Buy from Us

Cost Savings

In addition to making every effort to keep our everyday prices low, Canadians can shop secure in the knowledge that the price they see will be the price they pay. While the relative value of the Canadian dollar compared to that of the USA can cause some of our USA competitor’s pricing to initially appear enticing, the exchange rate, duties levied at the border, customs brokerage charges, bank fees (banks charge, on average, about 4% for currency conversion), international shipping and the associated taxes for each service quickly add up.

Quality Products

We have partnered with manufacturers and distributors of the finest, professional quality, archival, paper and science products; including, among others, University Products®, Heinz Jordan & Company Ltd., Rite in the Rain® and The Original Bug Shirt Company.

Our plant presses, which we manufacture ourselves, are made from 3/4” wide (1.9 cm) x 3/8” thick (0.95 cm) strips of kiln-dried Central Canadian oak and fastened at every join with permanent glue and screws. The hardwood from which they are constructed, the number of strips in each press and the thickness of the strips all result in an exceptionally strong plant press that will exert consistent pressure during pressing for many years to come. Each plant press kit includes sixteen ventilators, thirty blotters and thirty sheets of newsprint as well as two of our cotton webbing straps with metal buckles and end-pieces. Our professional quality plant presses are available in two sizes: 12” x 18” and 12” x 9”.

The characteristics of each of our specialty paper products (e.g. thickness, archival qualities) are described in detail in the respective product descriptions but, if you would like to inspect them for yourself, we would be happy to send samples. Simply complete the form at the bottom of this page.

We Listen

If there is something you require that we do not currently sell in our store, please let us know. We have an established network of archival, science and paper suppliers so chances are good that we can get what you need.

To receive samples of the paper that comprises our mounting paper, blotter paper, species folders and genus covers, please submit a paper sample request using the form below.

Paper Sample Request