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Talking Time's Top 50 Office Supplies

Honestly I never would have imagined that we could trace something as primordial as a sticker to a single person, nor would I have imagined it'd be that recent of an invention. And I'm super familiar with the Avery corporation, because I've had to assemble documents and the special types of paper or dividers you need for jobs like that almost always end up being Avery material.

Anyway, my personal laptop is covered in stickers, but I'm a little more conservative with the company property. Even so, I have two stickers adorning my cubicle cabinet at work, and they're both from a fellow Dracula.

Yeah, I put "sticker labels to print on" as my actual vote. Avery 5160 for life.

Seriously, one day the printer network was down and I had to initiate stability (putting powder into LOTS of small bottles) without these and wanted to quit my job.
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
I definitely know that logo, we used tons of Avery templates at my previous job. Labels to go on hardware (serial numbers, laser radiation warnings, logos), labels to go on bags for product shipping, labels for dividers for hard-copy instruction manuals, labels for software CDs...
 

Ixo

"This is not my beautiful forum!" - David Byrne
(Hi Guy)
Printable labels are great, until the corner of one catches in the print rollers.

Then they're not so great.
 

Mogri

Round and round I go
(he)
Staff member
Moderator

#31
Wipes

Score: 64 - Votes: 3 - Highest vote: 9th (Violentvixen)​

Two of our voters mentioned Kimwipes specifically -- lab-quality paper towels. The remaining voter called out desk and screen wipes:

Bulgakov said:
Things get dusty.

Which means that, technically, no one voted for baby wipes, but sometimes you have to chase the opportunity that Google Image Search gives you.
 

Mogri

Round and round I go
(he)
Staff member
Moderator
Whoops! I've once again neglected to post the weekend entry. Well, here you are, and we'll be back tomorrow with our regular entries.

#110 (tie)
Door

Score: 23 - Votes: 1 - Highest vote: 13th (Bulgakov)​

Bulgakov said:
Being able to close out other people so you can focus? Priceless.

I couldn't agree more.


"Hey, do you have a weird door-related story?" You bet I do! Jeff Bezos started Amazon out of his garage, with only a dollar and some gumption. Because he didn't have any venture capital, he had to make a desk out of a door laid flat. To this day, Amazon employees use door desks, even though they actually cost more to produce than a normal desk.
 

Droewyn

Smol Monster
(She/her, they/them)
I learned in high school. But I don't exactly remember how. I don't think it was via Mavis but I think my school used a cheap knockoff or something like that. My technique was OK but I think I have picked up some weird and bad habits over the years.
Way LTTP, but I learned how to type in high school, on some very old manual typewriters. The teacher flat-out refused to use PCs or even word processors for this, because she wanted to SEE our mistakes.
 

Droewyn

Smol Monster
(She/her, they/them)

#46 (tie)
Ketchup packet

Score: 48 - Votes: 2 - Highest vote: 2nd (JBear)​

Blame yourself or God.







What's the most egregious use of ketchup you've witnessed -- or, indeed, performed?
My very first job was working at an Arby's in a mall, where there were still bottles of condiments on the tables (Arby's and Horsey sauce, obvs, but also ketchup) and also little disposable aluminum(?) ashtrays. Aspiring artists used to draw little designs in/on the ashtrays using the condiments on the reg. And that? That was fine, because we could just throw them away, but when they graduated to "decorating" food trays or the tables themselves, that's when the bottles went away for good.
 

Droewyn

Smol Monster
(She/her, they/them)

#44 (tie)
Pencil sharpener

Score: 50 - Votes: 2 - Highest vote: 7th (Johnny Unusual)​




Do you prefer the speed of an electric sharpener or the satisfying action of a manual sharpener?
EL SACAPUNTAS!

aka my favorite Spanish word because it sounds absolutely vile and is SO satisfying to shout at someone.

Also, definitely electric. The manual ones we had in school tended to be extremely uneven and turned your pencil into a splinter trap.
 

Droewyn

Smol Monster
(She/her, they/them)

#44 (tie)
Second monitor

Score: 50 - Votes: 2 - Highest vote: 7th (JBear)​





But did you know that you don't have to limit yourself to just two? I have four on my desk if you include the laptop, although one is hooked up to a PC I'm not currently using. Arguably I should, like, move it or something.

Show me your ridiculous monitor setups.
At my last company, I had FIVE screens. Well, a PC with three, and a laptop with one spare. One time my supervisor went on vacation... and it was a truth universally acknowledged that every time that particular supervisor left the office for more than a day, EVERYTHING broke. Except that time. So we decided to prank her by texting her photos of disasters. One of them involved fake blood. Mine? I changed my desktop wallpaper to the BSOD error on all five screens.
 

Droewyn

Smol Monster
(She/her, they/them)
I have never managed to consume a sufficient amount of caffeine to notice any impact on my body whatsoever, and believe me, I have *tried* (I am perpetually tired). As far as I can tell, it's all just hot water.
Personal question (feel free to not answer), but are you ADHD? Because wonky reactions to stimulants is definitely a symptom! Caffeine makes me go to sleep, so I have to wake up in the morning the old-fashioned way: obscene amounts of sugar.
 

Droewyn

Smol Monster
(She/her, they/them)

#36 (tie)
Tape dispenser

Score: 58 - Votes: 2 - Highest vote: 4th (Daikaiju)​



What is PEZ without a dispenser? It's just a fairly bad candy. But dispensers -- oh my. Now that's an industry.

I'm not saying that dispensers serve the same role for tape. However, there's a reason the iconic black dispenser is such an office staple. (Hey, I think I just realized why they gave the store that name.)
PEZ is delicious, I buy it in 5-lb bags from Amazon, and I demand satisfaction for this insult!

(tape dispensers are pretty great, though. Mine is from the 1970's and I'm pretty sure it's made out of solid lead for how much it weighs)
 

Droewyn

Smol Monster
(She/her, they/them)

#33 (tie)
Gel pen

Score: 62 - Votes: 2 - Highest vote: 4th (Issun)​

Heck yes, gel pens. I was the other voter here. Look at these colors! And the pen-to-paper feel is so good! The fact that gel pens did not rank more highly is not an indictment of gel pens so much as a reflection of the fact that they were destined for greater tasks than office work.
Gel pens are amazing but as I am a southpaw they jam on me too often to really be feasible for everyday use. (Something about pushing the ball instead of pulling it messes with the ink flow?)
 
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