Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Paying Almost Double for Pre-Sharpened Pencils
A 12 pack of unsharpened Ticonderoga pencils in a cardboard box - $2.14 ($.18 per pencil)
An 18 pack of pre-sharpened Ticonderoga pencils in a plastic package- $5.99 ($.33 per pencil)
You are spending $.15 -per pencil- to have someone sharpen it for you. The 18 pack should cost closer to $3.24. That's a $2.75 premium for pre-sharpening.
I moved the two boxes next to each other to take this photo. They are actually placed on different levels of the aisle so a side-by-side comparison can't be made immediately. It took me some time to believe that these could be the same pencils, but the exact same words appear on both packages (just in different locations).