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Riotproof

Where do people go? Does it work out cheaper at office works?

 

Are any brands of pencils that are better than others?

 

Bravo be for not picking on my spelling error.

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seayork2002

I just go to Woolworth's/Target/Big W, I will probably go to office works for high school but Woolworth's seems the main place as after Christmas (at mine at least) they seem to have it all reduced.

 

This year the school specifically asked for 'non Smiggle type stationery' (it actually says that on the list)

 

We have heaps in but I love woolworths own pencils that comes in a box of 50 - they were really cheap a couple of years ago BUT very good I found so not sure if they still stock them.

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Smoo

Choice did a comparison on price with Big W being the cheapest followed by Officeworks, Kmart then a big gap then Target. They didn't rate woolworths. It doesn't say anything about the quality of any of them.

 

We did get DS the triangular grippy pencils last year and he seemed to find them a lot easier to use.

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qak

Are any brands of pencils that are better than others?

 

As per the PP, I got a box from woolies that have been great too (this is for "lead"/graphite pencils).

 

Avoid the pencils with names already on them, I've found the lead breaks inside them so you sharpen, the sharp bit falls out, sharpen again, it falls out and so on.

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Riotproof

What do you mean by names already on them?

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Caribou

BIG W worked for me. But Big W and Woolworths are side by side where I am, so I am fortunate I can duck between stores and compare prices.

 

Sometimes Woolies has a special on stuff that BIG W does not.

 

But overall, I just do big W because they stock more range.

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CrankyM

Office national is the school supplier here and they are cheaper then other options for us.

 

Lead pencil wise I prefer the Faber-castell “school set” ones. They come in a pkt of 5 with a black eraser and small green sharpener and are gold and blue with black eraser tips on the pencils. We found they sharpen easily, the lead doesn’t break often, and the eraser tip actually does a really good job as needed. They are more exxy ($5 from target per pkt) but 5 of them is worth 10 of the other brands. The shape of the pencil (triangle) is better for gripping too.

 

My other fall back is the stedler brand. We have these at work and they are good quality.

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Caribou

What do you mean by names already on them?

 

I think she means the pencils where they have the white space to put names down on them by hand?

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qak

At least with Officeworks you can do the order online and just go and collect it already picked for you. I didn't have to get much this year but it just was easier to do it this way.

 

I've found with pretty much everything that name brands are better quality. I bought an unknown brand mouse from Big W that didn't work, so I had to make a trip back for that.

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qak

I think she means the pencils where they have the white space to put names down on them by hand?

 

No sorry, the ones with your child's name on them - usually from the $2 shops!

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seayork2002

No sorry, the ones with your child's name on them - usually from the $2 shops!

 

Ah I know these now, actually I used to go to $2 shops when DS was younger but although I thought the erasers and a few other things overall yes I found the quality not good.

 

High school may be different next year but so far the list has never been long enough for me to need to compare really so I just stick the brands/items I know DS's uses from from Woolworth's (mainly I forgot in my PP Coles sometimes but Woolies is better where i live)

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Octopodes

I buy the more expensive stuff because DS is a careful kid so it lasts. Always triangle pencils to encourage proper pencil grip. The more expensive 'no smudge pens' because he's a lefty. His connector pen textas are onto their third year, as are his scissors. The only thing I scrimp on is rulers because he tends to break at least one a year.

 

Most of it I get at Big W, but the lefty scissors are from Officeworks. Oh, and I bought a bunch of glue sticks from Aldi when DS was in FYOS, they haven't run out or dried out so he is still using those 6 years later.

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born.a.girl

I've found most cheaper stationery to be false economy.

 

 

We indulged our daughter with a large, rather pricey set of coloured pencils when she first started showing artistic talent at about eight. She's still got them at 27, and we can replace the tiny ones.

 

 

Obviously that doesn't apply to everything, but a lot of stationery things, it does.

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Riotproof

Ds brought home a whiteboard, a few pencils which I think dd has now, no erasers, and that’s it. The only thing I might have already is a ruler.

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Jenflea

Stupid school asks we use Office Max but some use OfficeWorks and the savings were astronomical, like $30 cheaper, so next year it'll be OfficeWorks for sure!

 

I have no desire to stand in the shop and count out pencils and books, I like to hand the list over and have it boxed and ready to go.

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EmmDasher

Our school has a contracted supplier that you can buy through. The prices seemed pretty reasonable to be honest and it required pretty much zero effort from me. I’m sure I could have got house brand items for cheaper but I wouldn’t have done that anyway for the most part because I think cheap stationery can be hit or miss for quality/longevity.

 

There were a couple of items I left off thinking I’d get them cheaper elsewhere and I did but only a marginal saving. Next time I’ll just get the lot I think.

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Kiwi Bicycle

In regards to rulers, I had them snapping in my bag at high school where you lug your stuff from class to class. Invested in a steel one. No more breaking rulers. Still have it 25 years later.

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Ellie bean

I order the school packs through the school supplier, it gets delivered to our house, it’s famt incredibly convenient

We dont get anything unused back at the end of the year- I’m very happy for the school to keep it (but I know I’m lucky that we aren’t financially stretched)

 

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Octopodes

In regards to rulers, I had them snapping in my bag at high school where you lug your stuff from class to class. Invested in a steel one. No more breaking rulers. Still have it 25 years later.

Will do this for high school next year. The primary school specifically says wooden or plastic only, no steel or bendy rulers allowed.
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PrincessPeach

Our school also use office national & they are pretty comparable in price to big w.

 

 

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seayork2002

Will do this for high school next year. The primary school specifically says wooden or plastic only, no steel or bendy rulers allowed.

 

Same

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Sweet.Pea

Will do this for high school next year. The primary school specifically says wooden or plastic only, no steel or bendy rulers allowed.

 

They can be used as weapons?

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Riotproof

 

 

They can be used as weapons?

 

I would say so. Our school doesn’t allow kids to have umbrellas either.

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Phascogale

In regards to rulers, I had them snapping in my bag at high school where you lug your stuff from class to class. Invested in a steel one. No more breaking rulers. Still have it 25 years later.

My kids school specifies no metal rulers. Even the small pencil case sized ones. Think they are confiscated if they are found! And I've seen it at more than one school. The metal work and wood work rooms have their own sets! But they were my favorite when I was at school.

 

I just did Officeworks this year. I didn't have a lot to buy and I think I spent about $50 across 3 kids with a few 'special' items the kids wanted (like multiple zipper binders and multiple binders when just the notebooks would do).

 

Big W used to be my favorite but it's a lot further away and I couldn't be bothered this year at all. But the quality of the Officeworks stuff is better and the kids use it and enjoy it more (not their most basic brand but the one in the middle sort of thing). It's a false economy to pay 70c for a binder book when the kids won't write in them because the pages tear and the cover is bent easily or their ink pens bleed through the pages when if I buy the $1.20 ones they use them the whole semester and they like them. I only need like 5 or 6 each. And often the prices are similar enough for me that when I take the cost of petrol into account (to go to Big W) that there's really not that much in it at all.

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