Duckdose Review and Comparison to ModafinilCat
Update April 2018: Yes, DuckDose is closed.
Here is what I received just a few minutes ago:
[URGENT] [IMPORTANT] DUCKDOSE CLOSURE
Duckdose is shutting down, effective immediately.
It’s been an amazing ride, but the ducks have decided it is time to pursue other opportunities.
This is a review of a buyer’s experience shopping at Duckdose, a vendor for generic Modafinil tablets sourced from Sun Pharmaceuticals.
This article will cover everything from the details on Duckdose’s website, the overall shopping experience, and compare that experience to its competitor — ModafinilCat.com.
(Note: ModafinilCat is no longer in business. For more than a few years, they were the gold standard of service and quality in the Modafinil space. In their farewell email, they recommended Duckdose to their loyal customers as a worthy Modafinil supplier).
In this article:
Introduction to Duckdose
As one of many, many people who have been enthralled by the Modafinil craze of recent years, I know that reliably sourcing the compound can be difficult.
Modafinil and its more powerful brother, Armodafinil, can only be obtained through an expensive prescription from a medical professional, or by circumventing regulatory bodies that world governments have set up.
Indeed, the power of the substance can be reflected in the efforts that exist to control its use. In order to reach a compromise of both price and reliable access, nootropics users like myself have turned towards internet-based suppliers to purchase Modafinil.
One such supplier is Duckdose.com, or simply Duckdose, which follows a tried and true paradigm of sourcing Modafinil but with an interesting approach to their marketing which we’ll cover later.
Duckdose is a small company whose name is known only among members of the biohacking and nootropics-experimenting community.
It operates a website where nearly anybody can visit and place orders for Modafinil to ship all around the world.
Nothing is publicly known about the founders or exact location of their administration, which isn’t surprising given the nature of the Modafinil trade, which often involves friction with legal authorities.
I do know that the company uses a similar distribution method as its established competitor ModafinilCat, which we reviewed last February.
(Curiously, neither of these vendors appears on Gwern’s list of Modafinil suppliers, despite the inclusion of many now-defunct and disreputable vendors.)
Both companies source generic tablets from a large manufacturer in India and obfuscate their international shipments from customs in various countries.
Customers place orders through the website, and they are shipped directly to their doorstep with minimal complication.
To start my review of Duckdose, I’ll go over their website design and how it pertains to the overall shopping experience.
When I first browsed over to duckdose.com, the first thing I noticed was how similar the site appeared in design and layout to ModafinilCat.com.
Not to mention having an animal in their name and logo. Perhaps a coincidence, or perhaps just their way of lightening the mood for Modafinil buyers around the world.
The next thing I noticed, front and center, were buttons to go purchase Modafinil or Armodafinil.
Right away, I could have moved forward in the buying process, but I was curious enough to scroll down on the main page. Here, a number of benefits of Modafinil use are listed.
- Academics: Improved Attention-span and Learning Capacity
- Executives: Cognitive Enhancer, Wakefulness Promoter
- Athletes: Safe Motivation Booster
- Gamers: Reduced Reaction Times, Better Planning
I can definitely appreciate how Duckdose highlights these use cases, especially if a person isn’t sure if they can benefit from their purchase. However, almost anybody can find a great use for Modafinil as well as other nootropics available.
Also on the main page, Duckdose lists news articles about Modafinil, including ones from The Economist, Wired, Scientific American, and BBC news at the time of writing.
Duckdose maintains a large and admittedly impressive blog of all things Modafinil. I can’t be certain how often it’s updated, but the posts cover very modern issues that nootropics users are concerned with.
Some of the topics covered are using Modafinil as a substitute for Adderall, usage comparisons between Modafinil and Armodafinil, and a likening of Modafinil to daily coffee use.
I found the bit on coffee use especially intriguing, as it is good marketing to make a point that psychoactive substances are used daily by millions of people, so Modafinil use doesn’t have to seem like a radical and dangerous activity.
The blog does an adequate job of explaining details we know about Modafinil here at Corpina, such as mechanism of action, half-life, and safety.
To recap from earlier articles, Modafinil works through a number of mechanisms, raising levels of wakefulness-increasing molecules called orexins as well as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels.
It takes roughly an hour or two to start working, and the effects last about 12 hours in the body, whereas Armodafinil lasts about 15-16 hours.
As far as the safety of Modafinil, I recommend checking out our article on Adderall vs Provigil safety.
After deciding to finally bite the bullet and buying some of Duckdose’s product, I clicked the buy button in the purple Modafinil labelled box on the main page (the buy button at the top redirects here).
I was then brought to a page featuring Modalert, the generic Modafinil produced by the reputable Sun Pharmaceuticals.
There are four choices in the number of tablets you can order at once from Duckdose: 50, 100, 200, and 300.
Special: get a Duckdose coupon code for money off all products (promo for Corpina readers only). Just leave a comment at the end of this article and you will receive the coupon code via an email.
As of September 17, 2016, the code is no longer valid.
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For each quantity you go up, you will save on the cost paid per pill. For regular Modafinil, these are the current cost options: Simple enough.
For Armodafinil (generic: Waklert), which we know to be slightly more potent, these are your options:
What I noticed nearly right away was that the prices are actually more competitive than those over at ModafinilCat.
Take a look at these charts containing the prices over at Modafinilcat.com:
It’s clear that the cost per tablet is lower at all quantities as Duckdose, and since both Duckdose and ModafinilCat sell exactly that same products, it quickly made me question what the trade off of shopping here was.
However, after reviewing the service provided by both ModafinilCat and Duckdose, there doesn’t appear to be one!
Both places offer protection from customs seizing your package, giving you the option of a refund or new shipment if this happens, which is a 4 percent chance according to ModafinilCat.
Both companies provide anonymity to your transaction using overseas payment processors.
Both offer the same high-quality generic tablets sourced from Sun Pharmaceuticals.
However, ModafinilCat used to give returning customers 20% off of their next order, whereas for Duckdose the discount is 15%. At that point, ModafinilCat’s prices are slightly more competitive.
It’s worth noting that both suppliers give you a 10% discount for using bitcoin as your method of payment.
Checkout and Payment Options
After choosing a quantity and type of tablet, I was brought to a simple, clean checkout form. It asked for my name, address, email, and method of payment.
As mentioned above, Duckdose will allow you to pay for your tablets with bitcoin (which is the recommended method), although the option to use a credit cards is available for convenience’s sake.
All major American cards (including Visa and MasterCard, American Express, Discover) are accepted but don’t offer the 10% benefit as with bitcoin.
Another thing to note when using a credit card is that certain banks’ security protocols might get triggered. I haven’t seen any explicit messages saying this can happen, as with ModafinilCat, but I imagine it’s possible.
With ModafinilCat, I had to clear the transaction with my bank because they use a credit card processor based in China to save on costs.
After the quick process of checking out, my order was processed securely and my tablets were dispatched from factories in India. The delivery process took about 8 days for me, as a customer in the United States. The time might vary drastically for people in other countries, however.
Since Duckdose uses the same exact supplier as ModafinilCat, I would expect the average shipping times should be the same as well. Here are Duckdose’s shipping times:
- Most shipping times range from 7-21 days, depending on your location.
- Shipping time estimates for major markets:
- United States (6-14 Days)
- United Kingdom (3-7 Days)
- Australia (6-14 Days)
- No Free express shipping
Compared that to ModafinilCat’s shipping times table (copied from our ModafinilCat review article):
It’s worth noting that, while Duckdose ships to the same countries (and excludes the same countries) as ModafinilCat, their shipping times for countries outside the USA, UK and Australia aren’t clear.
This is likely due to the fact that they are a newer vendor and haven’t shipped enough Modafinil to give a reliable shipping time for countries other than those three.
Like ModafinilCat, Duckdose offers a full refund for any shipments that get seized by customs. For me personally, these kinds of guarantees address a lot of the anxiety that comes with ordering Modafinil online.
The actual package I received from Duckdose features no branding or any connection to their site or company whatsoever. In fact, it was a very plain white parcel with bubble wrapped Sun Pharmaceuticals tablets inside.
As a language nerd, I noticed that the writing on the parcel was written in Hindi, although I have no idea what it means.
Here’s a picture of the parcel itself:
And the tablets inside, showing each of the packaging types for the products:
Notice how the Modafinil (Modalert) tablets and Armodafinil (Waklert) tablets from SunPharma come in different foil packs.
The regular Modafinil comes in a flexible foil packet, which I find convenient because you can rip off sections at a time to bring pills on the go.
The Armodafinil comes in a plastic blister pack sort of containers, which is slightly less easy to separate, but possible with scissors.
Overall I have no complaints about the presentation, there isn’t much to ask for in this case, so long as the tablets arrive safely and in single pieces.
Testing it out
The biggest question most people will ask me at this point is, “Does the Modafinil from Duckdose really work?!”
From my experience using Modafinil in the past, I can confirm that they work exactly as expected, with all of the alertness and nootropic goodness included.
Ordering tablets from suppliers that use Sun Pharmaceuticals has always been a positive experience, Duckdose included.
Duckdose has done a great job of simplifying the process of providing quality Modafinil tablets, which is what I’d expect in an industry where the demand is high for such products.
I was impressed by their website’s copious amount of knowledge to share, as well as their aggressive pricing scheme compared to ModafinilCat.
In the future, I would say it’s very likely I’ll go with Duckdose again for my Modafinil needs.