Buying protein powder in bulk - best sources?

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    Apr 04, 2013 2:52 AM GMT
    Where they don't screw you on shipping?

    For $180 plus just a $5 shipping fee I used to buy 25 lbs of unflavored 90% whey protein isolate from http://www.bulkfoods.com/Whey_Protein_Concentrate.asp

    Like everywhere else, protein prices shot up a third so I'm exploring other options.

    I like http://truenutrition.com/p-1126-custom-mix.aspx because you can order a custom blend of every kind of protein imaginable but they really screw you on the shipping (if I buy 16 lbs of daytime mix and 6 lbs of nighttime mix in one order they charge about $50 shipping - $25 each).

    Alternatively, there's http://www.allstarhealth.com/f/bodystrong-100percent_whey_protein_isolate.htm with a $5.95 flat continental US rate regardless of purchase amount or number of items purchased, and costs roughly the price of a 10 lb bag of Optimum Nutrition whey protein isolate from The Vitamin Shoppe, which I could just pick up.

    Btw, I've noticed that some "100% whey protein isolates" described as "90% whey protein isolate by weight" so I figure it doesn't matter whether I buy 90% or 100%, unless someone can (please) tell me differently.
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    Apr 04, 2013 3:16 PM GMT
    I would tend to avoid TrueProtein. While the create your own blend thing is great, I ordered 20 lbs of it and it tasted terrible. I'm accustomed to less than savory supplements (most people I know don't like the supplements I rate as "ok tasting") and have choked down some pretty nasty stuff, but I couldn't force myself to finish it. If Gordon Ramsey tasted it, he would call it ghastly.
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    Apr 04, 2013 5:59 PM GMT
    Before you put your money down on protein powder, view this:



    I stopped using protein powders some years ago and get all my protein requirements from food.
  • mybud

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    Apr 04, 2013 6:39 PM GMT
    The Vitamin shoppe ..10LB bulk or more...easy to get...
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    Apr 04, 2013 6:51 PM GMT
    TellMeMoar saidBefore you put your money down on protein powder, view this:



    I stopped using protein powders some years ago and get all my protein requirements from food.



    in theory I would love to do this, if it wasnt so friggin expensive
  • mybud

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    Apr 04, 2013 7:48 PM GMT
    TellMeMoar saidBefore you put your money down on protein powder, view this:



    I stopped using protein powders some years ago and get all my protein requirements from food.
    Yaaa...Foods are best but in today's society most are on the go and can't get food sources quickly at hand. Protein shakes make sense for me...I'm getting the needed protein after lifting...the source is low in calories and fat...The video shouldn't be taken literally for all individuals.
  • str8hardbody9

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    Apr 04, 2013 8:19 PM GMT
    I go to Costo and buy the 6 lbs for $49.99 Whey Vanilla Protein
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    Apr 04, 2013 8:36 PM GMT
    www.fitrx.com
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    Apr 04, 2013 8:45 PM GMT
    I get mine from bulkpowders.co.uk The quality is decent enough, but I just use it so my Optimum Nutrition whey doesn't run out as fast.
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    Apr 05, 2013 5:45 PM GMT
    mybud saidYaaa...Foods are best but in today's society most are on the go and can't get food sources quickly at hand. Protein shakes make sense for me...I'm getting the needed protein after lifting...the source is low in calories and fat...The video shouldn't be taken literally for all individuals.

    I agree that protein powders are fine to get your protein requirements if you cant get them from whole foods.

    I didn't post the video to deter anyone from buying it but to tell you what to look for on the label before buying.
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    Apr 06, 2013 2:49 AM GMT
    Well, after a moderate internet search I've found that it's at least as cheap to buy an equivalent or better protein powder from Costco and, when they're having sales, the Vitamin Shoppe. Online vendors rarely have sales and in some cases have ridiculously high shipping rates.

    The unflavored 90% whey protein isolate (just protein, no BCAAs, etc.) I used to buy in bulk from www.bulkfoods.com used to cost $185 for 25 shipped lbs but now costs $295.

    So today at Costco anyway I checked out their protein. Their bulk bags were 80% concentrated protein and 20% isolate - not good enough quality. But they sold a 4.5 lb tub of Optimum Nutrition chocolate 100% whey protein isolate for $57. So better quality, same price. Same price and same quality for the AllStar brand mentioned in my first post, so savings for buying online value there. Regular price on a Vitamin Shoppe 10 lb bag I think was recently raised from $80 to $112-120.

    Better yet, Vitamin Shoppe on the way home was having a sale - 4+ lbs of chocolate Carnivor 100% beef protein isolate was 43% off - only $48. Arguably a better product, so even a better price. Their 2 lb Bodytech brand of 100% Vanilla Casein was on sale for 50% off for a second tub, in other words 25% off 4 lbs. Plus when you buy at Vitamin Shoppe you get bonus points which can amount to a year end store credit towards more purchases in the amount of hundreds of dollars!

    So now I can make my own daytime custom blend of 45% "100% whey protein isolate" and 45% "100% beef protein isolate" and 10% "100% casein protein" for a fraction of ordering from www.truenutrition.com (formerly trueprotein.com). With the blend reversed for the bedtime mix.

    I figure that's as good as it gets, right?
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    May 17, 2013 2:55 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidWell, after a moderate internet search I've found that it's at least as cheap to buy an equivalent or better protein powder from Costco and, when they're having sales, the Vitamin Shoppe. Online vendors rarely have sales and in some cases have ridiculously high shipping rates.

    The unflavored 90% whey protein isolate (just protein, no BCAAs, etc.) I used to buy in bulk from www.bulkfoods.com used to cost $185 for 25 shipped lbs but now costs $295.

    So today at Costco anyway I checked out their protein. Their bulk bags were 80% concentrated protein and 20% isolate - not good enough quality. But they sold a 4.5 lb tub of Optimum Nutrition chocolate 100% whey protein isolate for $57. So better quality, same price. Same price and same quality for the AllStar brand mentioned in my first post, so savings for buying online value there. Regular price on a Vitamin Shoppe 10 lb bag I think was recently raised from $80 to $112-120.

    Better yet, Vitamin Shoppe on the way home was having a sale - 4+ lbs of chocolate Carnivor 100% beef protein isolate was 43% off - only $48. Arguably a better product, so even a better price. Their 2 lb Bodytech brand of 100% Vanilla Casein was on sale for 50% off for a second tub, in other words 25% off 4 lbs. Plus when you buy at Vitamin Shoppe you get bonus points which can amount to a year end store credit towards more purchases in the amount of hundreds of dollars!

    So now I can make my own daytime custom blend of 45% "100% whey protein isolate" and 45% "100% beef protein isolate" and 10% "100% casein protein" for a fraction of ordering from www.truenutrition.com (formerly trueprotein.com). With the blend reversed for the bedtime mix.

    I figure that's as good as it gets, right?


    True is the best place, quality for cheap....
    I no longer use anyone but true.
    Beef isolate is a con, don't fall for it. And protein content is usually from byproduct.
    I only use hydro whey pre, intra, and post workout along with Eaa's. I only use casein at night.
    I only use hydro whey during workouts because of insulin spike timing, otherwise ive completely replaced all protein powder with essential aminos. 20 grams eaa's equals around 50 grams protein.

    Most importantly dont fall for prices. Cheap usually equates low quality and maybe trace amounts of protein.
  • MikeW

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    May 17, 2013 3:09 PM GMT
    I get 90% whey isolate from PureBulk.com . 5K (about 11lbs) for $180.50 and free shipping.
    Our whey protein isolate is a cold, micro-filtered powder produced in the USA. It is standardized to contain at least 90% pure whey protein, as well as branched chain and other amino acids. Our whey protein isolate is free of sugar, taste additives, preservatives, fillers and is packed in a tight vacuum-sealed bag. This whey protein powder tastes excellent -- add your own sweeteners if desired.