Why are home-made machines used? Just to lower the cost of carbonic acid.

Since most companies supply 5, 10 or even 15 kilos of carbonic acid for the same price, it works out to be almost free. In other words, you really pay mostly for the effort put in to re-fill the bottles along with a small mark-up. A 3-6 kilogram bottle that is normally used by restaurants and small businesses costs around 20 Euros to re-fill and this translates into just a few cents for each liter of carbonated drink that is produced.

 Carbonic acid bought by you for your soda machine is very cheap and costs around 10 Euros for each re-fill and the resultant average is even less than 20 cents a liter. You can quickly notice that when you compare it with soft drinks that you purchase, this method works out to be extremely cost-effective. On the other hand if you compare it with large acid bottles, 10 Euros for each re-fill or an excess of 20 Euros per kilogram of carbonic acid is surely very costly.

 Hence, many people realize that this pricing is too expensive and try to use larger canisters after making their own soda machines.

 Since soda machine manufacturers want to protect their golden goose at all costs, they make the customers sign various legal documents including contracts so as to retain their monopoly over re-filling their own bottles. Unfortunately, they could have instead increased the sale of their machines many times over if they simply allowed customers to re-fill their bottles anywhere they desired.

 In the 80’s Partyman in Malmo, Sweden used to provide re-fills free to customers that bought 3 bottles of aroma. These re-fills were supplied to Partyman by Sydbrand at nominal rates. Unfortunately for Sydbrand, they were sued by Sodastream that claimed infringement of their trademark and this resulted in several years of costly litigation.

 Even in present times, each soda machine manufacturer makes sure that their customers re-fill their branded canister only through them and use legal ways of preventing customers from rushing anywhere else, although it hardly takes more than 20 seconds to re-fill a bottle in any store. One business store tried the same method in Germany and got rewarded with an attack by Sodastream, which was also known as Soda Club in Germany.

 The legal battle was however lost by Soda Club or rather, Sodastream, which in a bid to stop minimum competition has actually opened the gates of fully free competition. If one goes by the present EU legislation then the result should be free and fair competition all over the EU countries. However, this can only happen when a company dares to take on the might of Sodastream or when authorities decide to take heed of complaints from consumers and take stern action against the company.

 This will entice people to shift from making their own soda-making contraptions at home and instead tempt them to use the superb machines presently available in the market including the Sodastream Design by Sodastream, or Wassermaxx. If carbonic acid is allowed to be re-filled from bigger bottles or by connecting big canisters right to their soda machines then the cost of the acid too will drop down.

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