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  • Gustoph - 1 year 2 months ago
    Those are some nice cubes! What brand name of magnets are they? They look like Buckyball Chromatics, but maybe could be Nanodots, or Chinese imported Neocube magnet spheres?
    In the next month or so I'm planning on expanding my magnet collection to include colored magnets, (more than just the glow in the dark green or blue or red that I already own)
    I've heard the color scratches, chips and rubs off the Neocube imported magnets, and Buckyballs too but Bucky's do seem to last longer...
    What brand are yours, and have you had any trouble with chipping color or misshapen magnets?
  • SoCalGal - 1 year 2 months ago
    These were made with Buckyballs. Buckyballs made a good quality product and I have not had much trouble with chipping. Unfortunately, Buckyballs is no longer in business so these are no longer available for purchase.
  • Gustoph - 1 year 2 months ago
    Oh boy do I have some good news for you then!!! Buckyballs ARE still available for purchase!!! Official Buckyballs I mean, not cheap rip-off Chinese made magnets either- actual official Buckyballs!!! I've been ordering them from http://getbuckyballs.supramagnets.com and I haven't had any problems with delivery or anything! They are more expensive than Chinese imported Neocube or Fake Buckyballs, but the quality is MUCH MUCH better!
    I didn't believe it either when I first saw them for sale earlier this year, but I ordered a couple of sets and they came in the original packaging that says copyright Maxfield and Oberton 2011 on the bottom of the box.
    I waited until my first order arrived, but once it did and I saw with my own eyes that they are Official Buckyballs, I got right back on that website and ordered 6 more sets bringing my collection of Bucky's up to 8 sets, or a full mandala box from Zen Magnets!!!
    They also sell the chromatic Buckyballs on that site, which is why I asked you about the quality... Of course I could order some knock-off colored magnets for cheaper from some Chinese supplier, but if you tell me that the quality of Chromatic Buckyballs is good than I'll happily take your word for it and jump right back over to that Supramagnets website and get myself a rainbow of magnetic creativity and magic!
  • SoCalGal - 1 year 2 months ago
    I'm not sure where you are, but Buckyballs are banned in the United States. :(
  • Gustoph - 1 year 2 months ago
    Yes you are correct, they are banned, but not in the way that you think! The import of magnets to be sold is banned, and the direct sale of magnets is also banned, but thanks to the GENIUSES at the Consumer Product Safety Board (a.k.a. The CPSC) anybody can order magnets as long as they are for personal use.
    I live in Ontario Canada, but since my town is a border city with Port Huron, Michigan I tend to keep up on laws and news... Also the Canadian government tends to go hand in hand with the American government's laws...
    When Canada banned magnets originally it was the import and sale that was banned... Also a recall happened and anybody who owns magnets was urged to recycle them so that unsuspecting pets and children don't eat them. The whole idea was and is just plain rediculous...
    When I order magnets from supramagnets they go through the postal system, usually passing through michigan before they get to me, and because of this- I highly doubt that you'd have any issue getting them shipped to you!
    If your worried you could always just do what I did and make a small order ($15 for a buckyball sidekick set- also free shipping) and once it arrives (or doesn't) you'll know about shipping times and availability in your area...

    All that aside, have you used any other brand of magnet? I have some RED Neoballs (2 sets) from Zen Magnets, and within a year 72 of them are all chipped and scuffed. That's 1/6 of the reds that I have... Almost all silver now...
    Your recommendation about these chromatic magnets is going to decide for me whether or not to spend the extra cash for quality magnets... So what do ya say? Are the Official Buckyball Chromatic magnets up to snuff? Are they worth $10 extra per set? I just don't wanna spend $500 and get magnets that are going to scuff and peel like my red Neoballs!
  • Gustoph - 1 year 2 months ago
    Damn your colored magnets are pretty! I don't see any chips or scuffs at all in your pictures! Either those are brand new magnets or you have some HIGH QUALITY Chromatics!
  • Gustoph - 1 year 2 months ago
    Damn your colored magnets are pretty! I don't see any chips or scuffs at all in your pictures! Either those are brand new magnets or you have some HIGH QUALITY Chromatics!
  • SoCalGal - 1 year 2 months ago
    Well, I think you should definitely try at least one set of the chromatics. Having said that, everyone has a different touch, so no guarantees that you won't chip them. ;) I have a pretty light touch. The only other magnets I have used are Zen Magnets, which are not color, but very high quality. I tried the Zen Magnets micromagnets as well, but they are too small for me to do much with.
  • Gustoph - 1 year 2 months ago
    SoCalGal, I truly appreciate you input & opinion on this matter! I also appreciate how talented you are, having looked at your uploads I'm very impressed, and please please keep the designs coming! You are an artist, truly.

    I'm IAm Gustoph (Chris Gustoph) on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/gustoph?ref=br_rs
    I've got a Magnet Balls photo album there with nearly a thousand pictures. If your up for it take a peek!
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155225520715441.1073741829.685650440&type=1&l=f40190799a
  • SoCalGal - 1 year 2 months ago
    A very impressive set of pictures. You are quite the magnet master! It's been awhile since I've used my magnets. Most of my pictures are on flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/leftcoastgal/). You'll find a good community of magneteers in the commons here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/magnetspheres/.