About once every 5 years I need to buy a new Sharpie brand marker. I don’t use a Sharpie very often, but there are two or three things – writing on CD-ROMs, labeling file folders, etc. – that I only use a Sharpie for, and a single one thus lasts me half a decade.
Yesterday I went up to Staples in Charlottetown to buy this lustrum’s indelible marker. Except at Staples – a big box office supply store – you cannot buy a single regular old Sharpie:
The best I could do was, for $2.49, buy a single “Two Tips in One!” Sharpie that’s actually much heftier than I prefer.
An example, alas, of everything that’s wrong with the way retailing is trending.