I've been researching price points for various "tiers" of HGH. I figured I'd share some of my observations.
Please note: This analysis comes from my own research and understanding. If there's something I'm wrong about or is simply missing, let me know in the comments and I'll update the post.
Below are some of the lower prices per IU you can find for various grades of HGH. The prices may run higher -- sometimes for good reasons and sometimes for no reason.
Quality tier and price per IU:
- HGH in walk-in US Pharmacy: $25 per IU and up
- FDA-approved manufacturer through eroids source: $4.15
- HGH approved by foreign FDA-equivalent: $2.50
- Reputable AS labs/brands HGH: $2.00
- Generic from HGH-only source: $1.30
- Generic from reputable source: $1.15
- Cheapest you can find anywhere: under $1.00
What's the difference?
- HGH in walk-in US Pharmacy: Here you're buying the gold standard. If you make enough money, go for it.
- FDA-approved manufacturer through eroids source: Usually the same product as above but you have to deal with sources, shipping, possible fakes, etc.
- HGH approved by foreign FDA-equivalent: I generally trust medical experts regardless of country.
- Reputable AS labs/brands HGH: Available from resellers, these are probably repackaged no-name generics that have been thoroughly tested by the lab/brand. You can probably trust them.
- Generic from HGH-only source: These sources either manufacture their own HGH or buy and test no-name generics. A single bad batch puts them out of business, so you can probably trust an established source.
- Generic from reputable eroids source: These come from the sources you know and love. Reputable sources often independently test their stuff --and post the results-- but their name is not tied to the product.
- Cheapest from anywhere: I'd ask sources to show independent lab test results before ordering. I'd also do bloodwork to verify it's the real deal. Avoid if possible.
2 things I'm suspicious of:
- Shiny packaging and original names, usually something like "Megatropin" or "RxTropin." These aren't necessarily bad, but they're probably dressed-up generics selling for twice the price. Often times they are sources' house brands, but if the source name isn't attached, there's no real incentive for rigorous quality control.
- High-priced cap colors (e.g., greencaps, bluecaps, etc). There's no way to know if a more expensive cap color is any better.
In the end, it's almost impossible for somebody doing casual research on the internet to really understand what the generic HGH market looks like. My guess is that 80% of generic HGH comes from just a few labs in China. In other words, it's mostly all the same stuff. What you're paying for is quality control --weeding out bad batches, verifying dosage, etc.-- and it's hard to know who actually performs rigorous quality control. The best I can do is analyze the incentive structure for each source and determine who is most likely offering a non-inferior product. It seems the market is pretty efficient: Those with stronger incentives to offer non-inferior HGH tend to charge more. I personally think generics from dedicated HGH sources offer the best value, but that's just my opinion. The next tier I would probably go to is something approved by a government regulator (FDA or similar). My guess is you can probably do fine at any tier if you're diligent enough.
tl;dr: Unless you're getting your HGH from a walk-in pharmacy, do plenty of research. Think more about why a source might be trustworthy rather than how shiny the box looks.