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Old 15-02-2020, 03:18 PM
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Red face Poor quality Qualatex balloons. What are your experiences last months?
After a lot of great experiences I ordered Qualatex (16 inch) balloons in November again.

They feel a bit soft before inflation, but maybe that's okay. I inflated them to normal size. Not underflated, not overinflated. They feel soft.

I like humping on balloons and normally these balloons can take a lot of abuse, so I don't have to be afraid of popping (I'm a phobic non-popper).

They day after inflation I noticed the balloon do feel weak, much more than the day before. I started humping on it like I normally do, but it popped. The latex felt very thin and was extremely stretched. Normally the latex will be streched like this after about a week, maybe even a longer period of time.

After this accident I inflated a balloon and deflated it after about an hour. Even after it stayed inflate for just one hour it was extremely stretched and very tiny.

I didn't dare to play with these balloons like normally do.

I though it could be a poor batch and want to give it a chance so I ordered Q16's again last week.

Unfortunately these balloons are the same like the balloons I ordered in November last year.

Did any of you ordered Q16 balloons last months?
What about your experiences?

Both times I ordered standard colors.
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Old 15-02-2020, 03:38 PM
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Default Re: Poor quality Qualatex balloons. What are your experiences last months?
In December I ordered 1000 Q16's pink. Usually I check each balloon on surface defects. Until now I've checked 16 bags and inflated 590 pieces of them, so a loss of 210 balloons which I recon as defective. That could be pits in the latex or noticeable bubbles in the texture of the latex which can be church windows. So I think the quality of Qualatex balloons is going down sadly because they are also my favorite balloons.
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Old 15-02-2020, 09:44 PM
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Default Re: Poor quality Qualatex balloons. What are your experiences last months?
Where did you order from?
I ordered a bag of crystal purple Q16s from Balloons-United in January. I've only inflated one of them so far, but it seemed fine.
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Old 16-02-2020, 06:29 AM
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Default Re: Poor quality Qualatex balloons. What are your experiences last months?
I've ordered them from 2 Dutch shops. I had 2 batches, one from 2018 and one from 2019. The 2019 batch was worse than the 2018 batch and they feel thinner than the 2018 batch. So I think Qualatex changed the formula in 2019?
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Old 16-02-2020, 12:08 PM
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Default Re: Poor quality Qualatex balloons. What are your experiences last months?
I just compared some uninflated Q16s. I have a few left that I bought a couple of years ago and they did actually feel slightly thicker than the newest ones I have. Guess there's a chance they've made them slightly thinner to save money on raw materials.
If anyone else would be able to compare, that would be cool.
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Old 16-02-2020, 03:32 PM
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Default Re: Poor quality Qualatex balloons. What are your experiences last months?
I ordered balloons at Looners United.

Before I ordered a couple of balloons, not a bag of balloons.

I'm thinking about sending a message to the customer support about the chance of quality. Maybe they don't know about the effects of the new formular.

Do you think they know about looners using this balloons?
Maybe I had to think about another way to tell them about the quality, but I don't know how.

What do you think?
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Old 16-02-2020, 04:47 PM
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Default Re: Poor quality Qualatex balloons. What are your experiences last months?
I think we’re basically subject to the whim of the manufacturer. We’re not their target demographic, so there’s not much we can do, unless there’s such a blatant drop in quality that they can’t even be used for their conventional purpose.

If it becomes bad enough, the best we can do is alert shops such as Balloons United so they can save their money (and ours), but I think there would have to be a severe drop in demand in order to compel them to alter their selection.

So yeah, our hands are tied, for the most part.
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Old 16-02-2020, 07:30 PM
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Default Re: Poor quality Qualatex balloons. What are your experiences last months?
Never seem q16 lacking of quality, but what I hate is that q16 seems to be lying about the real size, to me they are not 16, maybe overinflated could reach 16 but definitely they are smaller than 16, usually happens to me that I try to reach the 16 size with them (as the recommended size says) and found with some of them developing necks at the 16 size, or worse popping at the rated size.
They should mark them as 15 balloons, because 16 is definitely not the rated size (I repeat, at least without overinflation) so thinking like that even reach the 17 size (overinflation) is almost impossible on first inflation for a q16.
And I am pretty sure the neck of these loons gets smaller every new changes qualatex makes. Finding the old ones (2005-2011) having much better necks than the new ones (2012-2020). The neck of a q16 today, seems to be a joke compared to a tuftex or unique balloon.
Let me be clear, I loved qualatex since my childhood, but today the company seems to be putting efforts on make the balloons less and less attractive to looner community (Or even worse, disappearing our favorite ones like the q24).
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Old 17-02-2020, 10:13 AM
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Default Re: Poor quality Qualatex balloons. What are your experiences last months?
I've never been a fan of Qualatex. Had bad experiences with them. Must have been the unlucky one who had the weaker ones which burst on me way before rated size.
Yeah Depplooner, I agree that balloons in general don't seem to get to their rated size these days unless you push them and run the risk of them bursting.
As non-poppers, we are probably the only ones who check measurements. Basically, the general public don't measure balloons. They just blow balloons up until they look the right size for their decorating and in my experience they finish a few inches below the rated size. The poppers generally blow balloons up 'til it 'pops', so they also don't measure balloons. Manufacturers generally know that their balloons are going to finish up in the trash, so if they can cut down in any way they will go for it.
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Old 22-02-2020, 10:04 PM
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Default Re: Poor quality Qualatex balloons. What are your experiences last months?
Definitely more latex imperfections and i think latex smell is also different.
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