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The new product from the McSquares company is the McStickies dry erase, adhesive-free stickers. One rationale for the product is to replace the 50 billion post-it notes that are used and discarded every year worldwide with a more eco-friendly solution. These stickies are much bigger than a traditional post-it note, and they can be applied to any smooth surface, such as a wall, mirror, cabinet, laptop, or whiteboard. They can be reused up to 2000 times each.
The cost of McSquares is $24.99 plus $9.95 shipping, for a total price of $34.94.
Price is from As Seen on TV Commercial page: mcsquares.com
In the front of the sticky is a good quality dry erase writing space where you can use a marker to write a quick note, brainstorm ideas, and dozens of other possible scenarios.
On the back of the McSticky, in the words of the CEO of McSquares, the company uses "patented micro-suction technology". It's made of an aerospace double bond sticky foam that is capable of sticking on almost any surface and staying there. This will eliminate the problem of sticky notes that fall off, sometimes causing the recipient to miss the message.
McStickies are very versatile. For example, you can use both dry or wet erase markers on the surface of these with no trouble. Both clean off easily.
Another aspect of the versatility of this product is the fact that you can stick them on any smooth surface and they will adhere, without falling off. You can stick a note on your or someone else's computer, on a mirror, wall, on furniture, or on a white or blackboard in a classroom.
These stickies are really easy to clean - you just run them under water for a few seconds and then wipe them dry with paper towel. Everything comes off easily, without having to rub it off.
After you wash off the McStickies and dry them off, you'll notice that there will be no residue left on the surface whatsoever, like you sometimes get on a whiteboard with certain colors. There's no lingering memory of past notes or brainstorming sessions. You get a clean slate every time.
One of the primary marketing messages about this product is that it's very environmentally friendly. Post-It Notes are made of paper, and the company points out that billions of these notes are used and discarded by people every year. Instead of this massive waste of paper, it would be much better for our world if people switched to Mcstickies.
One problem with traditional Post-It Notes is that the adhesive doesn't stick very well and they tend to fall. They often fall and go unnoticed, serving as very poor reminders or causing people to miss important messages.
These McStickies have some really solid educational benefits, and they would likely be useful to any teacher in the classroom. They could be used with both child and adult students for collaborative projects, discussions, and brainstorming sessions. The stickies would allow quieter students to be able to go to a private space and get down their ideas. Then they could join the group discussion on the board when they were ready. In addition, Mcstickies encourage collaboration between students.
The manufacturer believes that the product is priced fairly reasonable when you consider their reusability. Post-It Notes aren't that cheap, and if you consider how many you would have to buy to equal the number of uses you could have with McStickies, the money you'll save could be significant. The company claims that one six-pack of McStickies is equal to 12,000 Post-It Notes.
This product is an extremely useful tool at the office, particularly during brainstorming sessions. It's particularly helpful that you can move them around while you're planning a project or developing an idea. Mcstickies encourage collaboration amongst the staff.
Not only is this a useful item in the classroom, but it's also great for moms. They can post notes, chore lists, or rewards charts on the fridge or wall with McStickies.
This product is also a great personal organizational tool. You can post your tasks for the week, your grocery list, or even your personal goals.
The product is meant to replace sticky notes, but sticky notes are much smaller than these McStickies. They have many useful benefits but they may be awkward for sticking a note on a laptop or something similar. They'd be in the way.
You can reuse this product up to 2, 000 times, but eventually, the stickiness is going to run out. Saying "up to" 2, 000 times gives the company a lot of leeway. Before the stickiness runs out completely, it may start sticking poorly or falling.
If you use these in an office or classroom, you may end up resuing them dozens of times in a day. In that case, 2, 000 times may not end up being that long. You could end up reordering these more often than you think.
These McStickies only come in white. Post-It Notes come in various colors, and that can be very useful in terms of classifying things or categorizing ideas. Of course, you can use different colored markers, but sometimes having the colors really stand out helps the process.
These may be cheaper than the comparable number of Post-Its, but you likely wouldn't buy that many Post-Its in a year. If you look at this item objectively, it's six large Post-it Notes that can be reused. As useful as that is, it's a fairly high price for this item.
In terms of its reusability and usefulness, yes, it does seem to work quite well. Based on demonstrations in company videos, it does what the manufacturer says it will do. Whether the adhesive really does last 2,000 times is impossible to say, since this item is new on the market and there are few reviews.
There are several companies that sell a very similar item, dry erase stickies that are reusable and don't leave any residue. Most of these are much cheaper than McStickies, and they advertise the same benefits. This seems to be the only company that gives an actual limit on how long the stickies will last. Of course, that doesn't mean that competing stickies last indefinitely, just that the companies may not be telling you everything you need to know. There's one similarly priced product that uses the same concept, but instead of individual stickies, it's one big whiteboard sticky.
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