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Where can I find cheap ear gauges, earlets, and plugs?

Updated on April 29, 2017

Ear Gauges: Do it cheap

Ear gauges offer wearers beautiful well crafted peices of jewelry to showcase their stretched ears. For thousands of years, people have been altering their ears and adorning themselves with ear plugs, tapers, and earlets, all created from various types of materials.

In this modern age, consumers are looking for unique jewelry at an affordable price. With the onset of online sales catalouges, it is becoming easier and easier to invest in cheap ear plugs, or cheap ear gauges.

For colors that pop, one may find that acrylic ear plugs are the way to go. For users who want organic plugs, handcarved wood ear gauges may be the way to go. Ear plugs are also offered that are crafted from animal bone, or beautiful peices of shining, natural shell.

For whatever you crave, there is a plug to fit your needs, as well as your personality.

This guide gives the reader the low down with advice, as well as a hand picked selection on cheap ear gauges and cheap ear plugs. For even cheaper ear gauges (around 1.00 or 2.00 for a pair,) please see the links section for other compiled ear plug guides.

 

A quick note from the author:

I know that I dont always have the amount of cash that is being asked for ear gauges. Here is a compiled list of sites that sell body jewelry, organic body jewelry, tapers, gauges and more. For the most part though, these sites are all concentrated on large gauges for your ears.

When some people say cheap, it turns out they mean 50 bucks! Not me! From my selections, you may be able to get a set of gauges for $4.00.

Ive spent a lot of time over the years buying all sorts of styles of gauges, made from many materials, from different sellers, and here are my favorites. Obviously, the sites that had poor customer service or order problems are not listed here. I hope my experience and direction leads you to the perfect pair of gauges!

 

A little advice from a veteran:

  1. GO WITH WOOD!  You will soon come to find out that wearing gauges can be a stinky business. With proper cleaning, your ears will still produce a naturally occurring smell.Wood gauges can help cut down on the gunk, and they are definately worth it. There are tons of different varieties and types of wood for your choosing.
  2. INVEST IN YOURSELF. Sure, cheap gauges are nice, but if you find yourself in the position to buy the real deal, get a pair of buffalo bone gauges instead of plastic ones. Buy yourself a quality made set, carved from jade, or whatever the material.
  3. KNOW YOUR SIZE. It can be a little bit confusing, especially with handmade and handcarved gauges. Most places will provide you an estimate to the corresponding standard gauge measurement. Try to do your best, because its obvious that buying a pair of gauges and realizing when you get them that they are too small, well, it sucks. 

Cheap Ear Gauges, Earlets and Tapers: The Best Acrylic Ear Plugs

Stone Plug Amazonite 0g - Sold as Pair
Stone Plug Amazonite 0g - Sold as Pair

These stone amazonites are beautiful, and the price is right.

 
Tiki Tubes - Coconut Wood Plug - Sold as a Pair - 0 Gauge
Tiki Tubes - Coconut Wood Plug - Sold as a Pair - 0 Gauge

For ten bucks, a good quality set of wood plugs. This seller has em in lots of sizes, so dont worry.

 
Body Candy Turquoise Natural Stone Saddle Plug (1 Piece) 6 Gauge
Body Candy Turquoise Natural Stone Saddle Plug (1 Piece) 6 Gauge

I simply adore the pattern on these gauges. The look of stone is something that I really like. I purchased these to match one of my favorite outfits, and I have recieved many compliments over the years. That is also something worth mentioning; the fact that acrylic plugs are long lasting, and durable. If you take care of them, you will find that they have a long lifespan, and are worth the small initial investment.

 
Neon Pink Spiral Tapers - 6 Gauge - Sold as a Pair
Neon Pink Spiral Tapers - 6 Gauge - Sold as a Pair

Wicked Body Jewelz has these in TONS of colors and sizes. I love the spiral design alot better than plugs...

 

Benefits of Acrylic Ear Plugs and Ear Gauges

  •  Acrylic is long lasting and durable. Take care of your gauges, and you will see a long lifespan in them.
  • Less prone to cracking than other less stable materials.
  • Acrylic can be made to hold many colors, including stunning neon, electric colors.
  • Acrylic can be formed into limitless shapes, for visually striking ear plugs.
  • Ear plugs and ear gauges that are made from acrylic will not break when dropped.
  • Many wearers say that they are able to sleep in their gauges.
  • Acrylic ear gauges are easy to clean.
  • Most people respond well to acrylic, and do not have allergic reactions like some people do to ear plugs that are made of polymer. You will simply have to experiment to learn your own reaction. This is very very uncommon, but worth mentioning.
  • Ear gauges that are made from acrylic can be submerged in alcohol, or really whatever cleaning agent that you choose.

Purchasing Gauges Online: Ask Questions About Sizing!

As with any purchase, the consumer wants to feel assured that they are getting the most bang for their buck, or their money's worth. With plugs, ear gauges, tapers and earlets, it is no different.

No one wants to invest in shoddy products, or find out that what an advertiser pictured in their online sales catalouge is actually not what they are getting.

An easy way to cut down on mishaps is to keep an open line of communication with the seller. Most reputable sites make it easy to shoot the seller or owner of a shop an email to ask questions about the item they are selling or promoting. Many sites even offer users a built in contact form, that makes the process of communicating with the owner of the shop a quick, easy, and hassle free experience.

By asking the seller questions about their product, you can clarify any questions that you have before making a purchase. Many people feel intimidated at doing this, but i assure you, it is a great way to make sure you are getting the most out of your purchase.

One of the most important questions to ask is about sizing. Whether it is sizing for the actual gauge itself, or sizing about how big the gauge is in total. For example, I once bought a pair of gauges thinking I was getting a set that would sort of dangle, and would reach below the earlobe a couple of inches. When I recieved the pair, they were actually quite tiny, and did not dangle at all. I still loved the product and how they looked when I wore them, but I could have allieviated the problem by simply communicating with the seller.

Good sellers will be happy to take a little bit of time out of their day to answer your questions. Another reason that asking questions is a positive process is that you can often weed out bad sellers by doing this. For example, if you ask a question and a seller responds rudely, or does not respond at all, then you know that you probably should not do business with them.

Sellers should be willing to go out of their way to answer your questions and make sure you are getting what you expect. If they cannot do this, handing over your money to them would probably be a fool's endeavor. If the owner of a shop or seller does not have time to answer a simple question, then they probably won't have time to take care of other customer service issues that may arise later down the road. Heck, they may not even bother getting your product or purchase to you in a timely matter.

The sellers that are on this list have always given me a great experience. Because the plugs and gauges listed here are so cheap, I was able to purchase quite a few of them to add to my collection. I always leave good reviews for them to let others know that they are dealing with high quality sellers who seem to care about their customer's satisfaction level. When I have a bad experience, I usually leave a bad review so that others won't get ripped off, or caught in a bad buying experience. The world of internet sales has most of the time given me a great experience, however.

With ear gauges, earlets, tapers and plugs, it is very important to be able to ask questions about sizing. After all, if the set of plugs that you purchase do not fit, you really can not do much with them and they will not give you any sort of functional use.

Most sellers are great about listing sizing or giving examples. Some have photos that use a common item so that users can judge size based off of them, like a penny.

Handcarved gauges offer the wearer an unparalleled level of uniqueness.
Handcarved gauges offer the wearer an unparalleled level of uniqueness. | Source

Questions To Ask About Ear Gauges and Ear Plugs

 

One of the most important questions to ask is about sizing. Whether it is sizing for the actual gauge itself, or sizing about how big the gauge is in total. For example, I once bought a pair of gauges thinking I was getting a set that would sort of dangle, and would reach below the earlobe a couple of inches. When I recieved the pair, they were actually quite tiny, and did not dangle at all. I still loved the product and how they looked when I wore them, but I could have allieviated the problem by simply communicating with the seller.

Good sellers will be happy to take a little bit of time out of their day to answer your questions. Another reason that asking questions is a positive process is that you can often weed out bad sellers by doing this. For example, if you ask a question and a seller responds rudely, or does not respond at all, then you know that you probably should not do business with them.

Sellers should be willing to go out of their way to answer your questions and make sure you are getting what you expect. If they cannot do this, handing over your money to them would probably be a fool's endeavor. If the owner of a shop or seller does not have time to answer a simple question, then they probably won't have time to take care of other customer service issues that may arise later down the road. Heck, they may not even bother getting your product or purchase to you in a timely matter.

The sellers that are on this list have always given me a great experience. Because the plugs and gauges listed here are so cheap, I was able to purchase quite a few of them to add to my collection. I always leave good reviews for them to let others know that they are dealing with high quality sellers who seem to care about their customer's satisfaction level. When I have a bad experience, I usually leave a bad review so that others won't get ripped off, or caught in a bad buying experience. The world of internet sales has most of the time given me a great experience, however.

With ear gauges, earlets, tapers and plugs, it is very important to be able to ask questions about sizing. After all, if the set of plugs that you purchase do not fit, you really can not do much with them and they will not give you any sort of functional use.

Most sellers are great about listing sizing or giving examples. Some have photos that use a common item so that users can judge size based off of them, like a penny.

Can you tell what size these are plugs are? If not, it is better for you to ask!
Can you tell what size these are plugs are? If not, it is better for you to ask!

Handcarved gauges, Exotic gauges, and gauges made by artisans

 

For handcarved items, it is important to ask questions if you have any doubts. Do not let handcarved plugs scare you off, though. Just because they may be non-standard sizes does not mean that they will not fit, or that they are a bad product. You may just want to make sure that you understand the way that the seller gauges size and labels the size of each set of plugs.

With handcarved plugs, you have to consider the human element. Skilled artisans and artists carve these unique plugs by hand, and they are not machines or production lines. Because of this, usually no two plugs are exactly the same size down to the millimeter.

Do not let this intimidate you! It is well worth it to invest in a one of a kind, irreplaceable, hand made set of ear gauges. Many hand carved gauges come at a cheap, or affordable price. Hand made arts and crafts are a dying art, because so many manufacturers simply stamp out thousands and thousands of ear plugs on an assembly line, making it impossible to get anything unique. With handcarved plugs, the buyer knows that they are getting something visually striking, artistic, and something that no one else will probably be wearing.

No two plugs are exactly the same, since they are not being created by robots. Each artist takes time, skill, and experience to create the pair of ear plugs that you will one day be wearing. This in itself is very valuable when we live in an age of production lines and endless plastic products.

If you would like to know more about exotic gauges, please see this article.

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      Johnathan 6 years ago

      The highest quality site that I've seen is antfashionorganics.com I'm sure that you're not picking up a pair for a couple of bucks but I'm sure that you want be regretting buying from this site either...

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      gaugegirl 7 years ago

      the most unique site i found for gauges was www.ragingauges.com. they have some kick as pokemon plugs, but they also do custom plugs of what ever you want.

      -gaugegirl ^_^

      p.s. if you ask for "austins discount" you get free shipping