Bottom Line: 37 markers for $149 through a project ((plus $4 to $6 s/h)
Here's the story: The cost of testing continues to come down. As you, your family, your research team, or your project members face the question of "which test", don't be penny wise and pound foolish. The 12 and 25 marker tests really should be going the way of dinosaurs! They are STUPID choices for a new order.
Let's look at the group rate prices (ordering through a project):
12 markers - $99 (plus $4 or $6 s/h)
25 markers - $124 (plus $4 or $6 s/h)
37 markers - $149 (plus $4 or $6 s/h)
Upgrades - $49 from 12 to 25 or from 25 to 37. (uses the sample on file)
So - if you buy a 12 marker test and later upgrade it, here's your cost:
25 markers - $99 + $49 = $148 (plus $4 or $6 s/h)
37 markers - $99 + $99 - $198 (plus $4 or $6 s/h)
You'll spend an extra $24 to $49 by starting with 12 markers! Similarly, a 25 marker test for $124 plus a $49 upgrade, means that you paid an extra $24 to take the two step approach.
So - you say - "I'll buy a 12 or 25 marker test and not upgrade". Poor choice! A 12 marker test is rarely ever enough for genealogy! False matches are "Legion" at this level. And - even 25 markers - long considered the first level of adequate markers for matching - is now being challenged by too many false matches. Don't count on 25 markers if your match is with a different surname and be careful of "23/25 or betters" when there was no reason to expect a match - as it might be false. Go into testing with the realization that you'll need at least 37 markers for genealogy and that you will likely go to 67 or more at some stage - and you're being prudent. Going in with the expectation of "getting" by with 12 is a real mistake. Some folks will "get by" with 25 - but many will not.
So - if you want a recommendation - start with 37 markers!
What about 67 markers? It's $99 more to order them initially or $99 to order them later. It's cash flow versus wait time. Either way is the same cost.
And - what about ordering outside of a project? The penalty for going it alone - or being so un-aware that you don't know what you should pay is staggering. Look at those costs:
12 markers - $149 (plus $4 or $6 s/h)
25 markers - not available
37 markers - $259 (plus $4 or $6 s/h)
67 markers - $349 (plus $4 or $6 s/h)
Your extra costs for ordering outside a project are $50, $110, $101 as you consider 12, 37 & 67 markers. Buyer beware!
We recommend ALWAYS buying through a project - even if you have to start one (or you can get us to do it)
Hope this helps. Terry