Quick back story:
Picked up a 10175 online last week, being sold as incomplete. I have a lot of extra parts so I figured "heck, I likely have most of the missing parts just sitting here (I did). At this point I'm only short about $1.50 worth of parts to complete the set. Not bad for half off the usual price.
EXCEPT it is missing ALL of the X8 light bluish gray Hose, Rigid 3mm D. 10L / 8.0cm ( http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=75c10
To confound this problem I find that (naturally) this is the only set in which that piece appears, and there are only two for sale currently in the US at incredible prices (also a seller in Thailand with a little better price, but we're still talking $20 for eight hoses before the considerable shipping.)
Now, I notice that the LBG hose that is exactly twice the size of this one is available for considerably less and (bear with me here) would cost half the price if I cut them in half.
HOWEVER, I wanted to get the community's feeling about such an act before taking out an exact-o knife. Truthfully, I just want to know what YOU would do? As I see it I have three options:
1. Pay around $15-$16 for the X2 length hoses and cut them.
2. Pay around $25-$30 for eight hoses from Thailand
3. Pay around $25-$40 for a few hoses at a time as they come available on BL (and wait for heaven knows how long before I have the set complete.)
I'm interested in any and all opinions on my dilemma here. And please, be gentle...