R12 has gone up everywhere, because there are only two sources left:
-Barn finds, so to speak, and
Ignoring the third, the "stuff that works for a while" but is counterfeit or mixed goods.
So I think even in the DR, folks have upped the price of old cans.
But a lot of shops just don't want to mess with R12 anymore, since each gas they carry requires a separate set of fill tanks
, waste tanks
, hoses and gauges and everything else. So they just say "Oh, that's a hundred bucks a pound!" and usually tell you that need about twice what you really need, to really scare you off. Instead of just saying "Nah, we don't want to bother with that anymore."
Those are also the shops that like to use expensive refrigerant to test systems, when the real pros are using relatively cheap
nitrogen for the pressure testing. Pretty much the same stuff they put in your tires at exorbitant and mystical prices these days.