Product Type: Post-it in Homeware
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To Stick, or Not to Stick... Probably Not!
Member Name: writeallnight
Advantages: colourful, fun
Disadvantages: quite expensive for sticky paper that doesn't even stick
Post-It notes are little pieces of paper with a strip of sticky (or often not so sticky) glue at the top of them. They come in all shapes, sizes and colours, which is good because you can generally use them anywhere on anything and they will at least stand out.
They are available in sets of as many as 20 cubes, all of which could have as many as 12 colours within the cube, so there are a lot of options available. For a standard cube though, you can expect to pay around £5 for 500 sheets. For sets, you can often get better deals, for example 6 pads of 100 sheets for the same price. It all depends on what you're looking for.
I think that for people with young children, these would be very useful to help the children to learn because they are so bright and will attract children to use them. I remember as a child I used to have them in all different colours (yellow, orange, green, pink, purple, blue, red and white, I believe I had!) and I seem to recall that I stuck them onto things to do a treasure hunt a few times with my friends and family. You know, for the clues for the treasure hunt. And for this sort of purpose, I thought they were really useful because they were bright enough to attract you to them, yet you could hide them up as well so you wouldn't always see them as clearly as you'd expect to see them. I know I spent hours playing with them anyway, and they were pretty fun.
As an adult now though, I find them to be much less useful. If I stick them to my computer, they only fall off again and I still forget to send that email or who that guy I was researching was, because the post it note probably fell off and got lost. It's not that they're a bad product; they are in fact very useful to write notes on. I just don't think they have been properly designed to be stuck to anything other than paper, in my opinion. They're ideal for sticking in textbooks, like I said earlier, but not for much else.
However, the main problem I have found with these little colourful pieces of paper is that they simply do not stick. They fall off of most of the things I've tried to stick them on, and I find that this causes more problems then they're really worth.
As a college student, I find them useful to put into text books to highlight important areas, or useful to put onto my work to remind me to hand it in or to correct a mistake I've made. However, paper is about the only thing I have found they really stick to. I tried putting a post it note on my fridge to use as a shopping list, but within quarter of an hour of me sticking it there, it had fallen to the floor and disappeared beneath it, probably never to be seen again.
Overall, I would say that I would rather buy a notebook than a set of post it notes because they essentially do the same thing. If you want something for the kids to play with though, then they're ideal. It all depends on what you want them for.
Summary: great for kids, not so great for work