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"The ingredient is too expensive. This would be a valid reason to DIY, although no products readily come to mind. (If they're too expensive, they're probably also too hard to make.)"

Counter-example: Orgeat Syrup. A decent bottle of this costs $15 for 8.5 oz, and doesn't keep very well. I hate paying a lot of money for ingredients I won't use terribly often, and I hate wasting expensive ingredients due to spoilage even more. You can make your own batch for closer to $6, and add in some vodka to help it keep.

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