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Old 05-23-2012, 09:53 AM
 
Location: 78250
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Without me having to rent or buy a mini helium tank, are there any places on the NE side that I can take to have them filled out with helium, and what would be the cost of this?

HEB is close to me, but I'm not sure the cost of their balloons.

anyone purchased helium filled balloons from HEB before.

Balloons are for my DD's upcoming 1st birthday

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Old 05-23-2012, 10:12 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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Why don't you call them and ask?
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: That's pretty obvious
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if memory serves, I think party city's balloons were actually cheaper than H-E-B.

H-E-B's are about a buck each I believe.
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:58 AM
 
Location: 78250
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if memory serves, I think party city's balloons were actually cheaper than H-E-B.

H-E-B's are about a buck each I believe.
thanks
Yes, looks like I'll be going to party city @ Forum to get the ones I was looking for.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:11 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Party City also has a larger selection, and will fill the balloons for free if I am not mistaken...
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:38 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Just FYI: I went into Party City today (at 1604/Culebra) and they have big signs everywhere that say they are not accepting orders for helium balloons due to the helium shortage. Apparently they did not get any helium this week as a result. They are only honoring orders in place.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:45 PM
 
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helium shortage...just find that funny for some reason.
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:11 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Heard something about it on the news. They were interviewing someone at a hospital so I think it's a big deal-of course I was thinking of balloons and this post plus I missed what they use it for. Wondering where do you her helium anyway and can it run out?
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:25 PM
 
Location: 89074
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I don't know if there is something they put in it, but HEB's balloons last forever. I have had helium balloons on two separate occasions from HEB and they lasted for days, if not weeks. Party city has a notice that they are not guaranteed past 24 hrs, I think, and they are right. By the next morning they are ususally floating near the ground. It might not make a difference to some people after the party, but my kids loved to put theirs in their rooms and enjoy them, so just thought I would add this. Good luck in finding some helium soon!
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:30 AM
 
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Most helium is a by-product of natural gas production and results from the decay of radioactive elements in the ground. There is no practical way to manufacture it....has to come from the ground. Helium is an incredibly important gas used for medical, electronics production, military...all sorts of stuff. The government decided to get rid of its stockpile (that is a whole other story), which artificially depressed the price. If helium were truly priced based on worth and availability, we certainly wouldn't be using it in balloons. Expect the price of helium to keep climbing as the hangover caused by the US govt dumping helium on the market begins to wear off and reality sets in.

Last edited by Rustybolt; 05-24-2012 at 10:31 AM.. Reason: I misspelled ballons!
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