I didn't know people did that until this thread, lol.
I saw that and it did really bother me for some reason, maybe because I used to be in retail and would see how loses like this could really cut into the bottom line.
I do have to share though that if you go to the counter and offer to buy things like this they will sell them. I needed paint stir stick for a craft my class was doing and they sold them to me at cost which was only .05 a stick
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
I don't know. I'm not a craft person so I wouldn't need them but I think those things are incredibly cheap, the store probably doesn't pay for them, and the assumption is that people will take them. It has to be built into the paint companies' operational expenses.
That said, if you wanted, like, 30 of them for a project you should offer to pay for them or ask permission or something.
Laurie, mom to:
Nathaniel ( 11 ) and Juliet ( 7 )
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Some of our teachers use those for various activities such as synonyms. The meanings of words and their synonyms get less intense in the same way the colors on the cards do. But they are shades of the same color.
I have no problem taking or asking. If I were doing a project and posting it, perhaps someone will ask what color/brand it is because they want to paint. Or I may want to paint in the future. AFAIK, the company isn't paying for them; it's advertising from the paint companies.
I also need many paint stirers every June. Lowe's gave them freely. I asked the lady at Walmart how much they were and she said I could only get them if I bought paint but then she gave me a bunch.
It's not something I would do myself, I'd just call my Dad and ask if he could grab some for me because he works at a paint store.
I have a bit of a collection going anyway because we are looking at painting our house and I keep losing the damn things and forgetting what colours I was looking at, then finding that DS put them in a toddler safe place.