Buying One Sharpie

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:

Sharpie Display at Staples

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.


Paul Lopes's picture
Paul Lopes on July 7, 2011 - 14:37 Permalink

I can give you one as we have many lying around the house.

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on July 7, 2011 - 15:30 Permalink

I would imagine that a household such as yours would have some sort of daily delivery of Sharpies, acid-free paper, etc. arranged with a London stationer.

Heather M's picture
Heather M on July 8, 2011 - 00:16 Permalink

I love a good Sharpie..we found a new use for the colour packs this summer my daughter them to make her own t-shirts.

alexander's picture
alexander on July 9, 2011 - 02:32 Permalink

As a kid getting to grab a handful of markers and erasers and whatever else I could hold at the Paper Station downtown was better than a trip to the candy store.