Any extra measures for buying orchid bark substrate?

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I am currently buying orchid bark substrate from local reptiles store, I believe they are selling zoo med repti bark ones. It cost around $3 for 0.4 kg for me. I think their prices are insanely expensive. So i searched around and found chinese's websites that sells 1 kg for like $1.8 dollar. Looks like a great deal to me. The thing is, do I need any extra precautions when buying their substrate? Is it safe for my tortoise? or is it not worth the risk? or it will just work fine like those that the reptile shop sells ones? Should I ask the chinese seller for more info?
 

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Just make sure it's fir bark.
 
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or from another seller
I think the second one looks nice
 

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Is this Fir? Sorry I dont really understand what Fir means
also he sells them in three sizes. I suppose i should get the smallest size?
Fir bark comes from the fir tree.

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Orchid bark is fairly pure, as orchids are sensitive and need clean growing medium. So orchid bark is clean, and made from the bark of fir trees. It comes in three sizes. I like to buy the small size, size referring to the size of the particles, not the size of the bag it comes in.
 
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