I am a grad student in new lab and my PI like to pinch pennies a bit. I want to purchase an accessory for use with an already purchased piece of equipment. I have emailed a few vendors about getting free samples,but I do not think I will be successful. I was thinking about emailing a few professors based on their area of research and the high likelihood that they may have a similar product that will allow me to perform a quick trial and build a case for my PI.
I would need to borrow it for like 2 weeks and I can autoclave it to ensure it is well cleaned prior to returning.
Is this considered rude?