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    Default Fluff~Taking free things from stores for projects

    So this is kind of a stupid debate but I am finding conflicting opinions in real life.

    Background: There are several projects on Pinterest that have you use the paint color sample cards from paint stores, home improvement stores to make the craft. For example, making a calendar where you use the paint cards as a color for each day. Here are some examples: paint sample craft ideas 2

    Not that I'm losing sleep over it or anything but I hate the fact that it encourages you to take the cards from the stores without any interest in ever buying the paint. I've had a few agreements and some saying that the store/paint companies must factor that cost in when they are putting them out there. I say they probably do not think all these people will come in and take colors to give their kids a Valentine present at no cost to them.

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    I'm not up in arms about people taking paint chips from the Home Depot, but to me it just seems like a bit of a waste of time. I have more coloured construction paper in my house than I know what to do with and for lots of those crafts paper would work just fine. And to be honest I never knew people even did that - take the samples for the purpose of making this stuff - before you posted it. But like if I worked in the paint dept and saw someone cleaning out the chips I'd be inclined to say something. It is theft I guess.

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    Oh yeah, I'm not crazy upset over it...more of a is this a right/wrong situation lol.

    Paper to me is so cheap...buy some for your house and make projects that way. I would feel so weird going to Lowe's and taking samples of different blues and greens lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    Oh yeah, I'm not crazy upset over it...more of a is this a right/wrong situation lol.

    Paper to me is so cheap...buy some for your house and make projects that way. I would feel so weird going to Lowe's and taking samples of different blues and greens lol.
    See, I'd want to be believable, so I'd pretend to be interested in the paint and just take a few chips. Then I'd go to another store and take a few more, etc. I could not, in good conscience , take like 50 chips from one place. I'd need to spread my theft out a bit so it doesn't look like theft.

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    haha that makes the giant pack of paper from Target even cheaper...who has money for gas like that?
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    Our local hardware store has a sign that says "Please limit yourself to THREE sample cards. We are happy to help you narrow down your selections." That sign has been there for years & years. Tiven used to love those things, she'd try to grab a handful every time we were in there, and I'd make her put all but one of them back. (That worked until she learned to read and then she wanted to take three so I stopped letting her take any.) There's usually five colors on each card, so seriously, if you need more than 15 shades of blue, print them out at home & use your own color cartridges.
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    oohh, I have to fess up to grabbing a couple each from a few stores in different greens to make marcus a minecraft creeper.... If I could buy them, I would, but it's the only way to get them!
    I got them at walmart and lowes. I'm sure they don't pay for them, so I can't imagine they are out money for it. I'm not thinking the paint company is out too many dollars for the 12 I took...and I made sure to leave plenty so people could have them to pick from.
    I don't know that I'd go looking for ways to use them because they are free though. That seems a little much. And I wouldn't put up any craft instructions telling people to go grab a bunch either.
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    I let DS take 5 from Canadian Tire once cause something happened that made him really sad and I was trying to cheer him up. I felt really guilty about the whole thing, and wont do it again.
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    I saw that on Pinterest, too, and it seemed a little odd to me. I personally wouldn't do it, but it wouldn't really bother me if someone else did as long as they weren't extreme about it.
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