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Old 09-25-2018, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Wow. This house I bought a year ago has a motley collection of smoke, fire and CO detectors of varying vintages (some likely more than 10 years old), and it's been on my list to replace them all with new, known-good ones.

I clearly remember basic smoke detectors being $10 or even less, and good ones in the $25 range. Now they are all $30-40 for the cheap ones, $50-60 for acceptable brands and models, and up to $100 for some dual-mode, wireless-grouped, fancy ones.

This is way past inflation. What drove detector prices (excuse me) through the roof?
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Old 09-25-2018, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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See if your local fire department will give you one for free. Many of them do.
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Old 09-25-2018, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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Can't be cheap OP when it comes to the safety of your family and yourself. Whatever the cost, it is what it is. How valuable do you feel your loved new lives are?
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Old 09-25-2018, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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See if your local fire department will give you one for free. Many of them do.

The freebies tend to be the cheaper ones. I installed two CO/smoke detectors and the rest were dual technology detectors...photo electric and ionization. I'm not going cheap on a house that's worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Not to mention my family's safety and mine.
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Old 09-25-2018, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Can't be cheap OP when it comes to the safety of your family and yourself. Whatever the cost, it is what it is. How valuable do you feel your loved new lives are?
It's not a matter of being cheap; it's a matter of wanting to know why an old, mature, largely unchanged technology produced by the millions has gone up 2-4x in just a few years.

This is not a jump from plain-jane, 9V-battery detectors to some of the ridiculously fancy stuff now available; it's a jump of the whole product segment by multiples of fairly recent cost.

The detectors I have are adequate; I've smoke-tested all of them. But I'd feel better with new ones. I just hadn't earmarked over $200 for the replacement.
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Old 09-25-2018, 03:07 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I clearly remember basic smoke detectors being $10 or even less, and good ones in the $25 range.
How about $12? Amazon Link
Or a set of six for $46? Link
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Old 09-25-2018, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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How about $12? Amazon Link
Or a set of six for $46? Link
AC wired units are a different class, and essentially useless except for replacement or new construction. (My last house had eight of them that would all sound if one went off; that was a good feature. The new wireless ones that will do the same is almost as good and I understand their higher prices.)

There are a few very cheap ionization-only ones in the $10-15 range. The prices jump a ton for the photoelectric or dual-mode ones.
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Old 09-25-2018, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Is there a brand that will never go off at 2am when batteries die? I'll pay $100 for it!
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Old 09-25-2018, 04:40 PM
 
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AC wired units are a different class, and essentially useless except for replacement or new construction. (My last house had eight of them that would all sound if one went off; that was a good feature. The new wireless ones that will do the same is almost as good and I understand their higher prices.)

There are a few very cheap ionization-only ones in the $10-15 range. The prices jump a ton for the photoelectric or dual-mode ones.

You mentioned 'old mature technology' Then talk about wireless networked units that talk to each other so they all sound if one detects a problem. The new ones are more sensitive, have multiple sensors and have better signalling.
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Old 09-25-2018, 05:01 PM
 
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Can't be cheap OP when it comes to the safety of your family and yourself. Whatever the cost, it is what it is. How valuable do you feel your loved new lives are?
Funny aren't you? The question you replied to wasn't what was asked. If the question was asked about the incredible sky rocketing cost of drugs, generic or otherwise (i.e insulin) your answer to play on emotions would be the same and sad. Do you work for 1st alert?

Its amazing how some people lack empathy for others and don't seem to understand that not everyone has the means to pay out whatever. Then the nitwits make it sound like you are a bad person if you can't dish out money you might not have for the love of your family. These peoples day will come.
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