I was shopping for birthday gifts this week for a little boy that’s about to turn 3. Is that even possible? This boy is particularly fond of playdough. Sometimes I like to make my own, but this time I wanted him to have some with vivid bright colors and decided to splurge for the real thing.
There was a 4 pack at the store for $2.96. I know I can get a 4 pack at Dollar Tree for, well, $1. It’s off-brand. The dough is fine, but the packaging is poor. The lids don’t fit well and the dough drys out pretty quickly once the seal is broken. It’s his birthday and all–I wanted to get the good stuff. But then I said that already. Now don’t laugh, but the $3 price for something I could get for $1 was bothering me. I stood there for awhile checking out all the options. Then on the end cap I spotted this:
Individual cans of Playdough in 11 color choices for $.50 each. I needed a snack or something, could this be right? I could buy 4 cans in any colors I wanted for $2. Or I could pick a 4 pack of colors they selected for $3? Another mother walked by like it was no big deal and filled her cart full of the individual cans. She said, “Easter Baskets.” As if that would explain her sudden interest in so much Playdough. (Which is a genius idea, BTW.)
“Excuse me,” I said. ”But is it right that I can get these for $.50 each or buy a 4 pack for $3? Are the cans the same size? ”
“Crazy, Isn’t it?” She said as she confidentially pushed her cart away.
I bought one of each color, and used them for Easter Baskets too. I think I should note that these individual cans won’t scan at checkout and every one must be typed in individually, because each color has a unique number. If you go through the self checkout, start typing the number with a 6 then leave off the final 8.