Every year parents have to worry about getting their children ready for the next academic year. School supplies are one of those holes where money goes every year. Where there is money to be earned there are all types of people willing and ready to pounce. Parents, have you noticed how you will get an offer for school supplies in a kit. That is to say, everything your child will need in one go. The idea does make sense because most parents don't want to spend hours searching for pencils, erasers, sharpeners, highlighter etc. So where is the scam in school supply kits?
It is often said that when something is too good to be true, it must be. A school supply kit can be a scam if it contains loads of items that your child doesn't need. At times, the school supply kits often come with items of a lesser quality. Some of the items are bound together and neatly packaged. This can prevent you from examining the content in order to make sure you are getting value for your money.
Does it mean you should not buy school supply kits?
It doesn't mean parents shouldn't buy school supply kits. It means you need to weigh the pros and cons of the product you are about to buy. You already know that your child might not need all the items at the beginning of the school year. There will be things that can be left for latter. Children are also known to be destructive when they have too many things to play with. Parents have to exercise caution and make sure that they are really buying what is needed. Can you recycle lasts year's school items? If that is the case, you don't need to spend more just because it is new.
What to look for.
It is best not to leave things until the last moment. You can make a list of the school supply your child needs. You then need to compare the total of the individual price with that of the school supply kit you intend to purchase. That will give you an idea of the price you should expect to pay for the kit. Some school supply kits can be cheap. Cheaper doesn't equate to better quality. If you are not into quality, there is nothing stopping you from buying the cheaper school supply kit. Don't be fooled by the packing. As the saying goes, not everything that glitters is gold. If the content of the school supply kit is of no use to you, there is no reason to pay for an empty shell.
Will your child like the school supply kit?
Does it really matter? If you are paying for the kit, all your child can do is say "thank you". When he or she starts to earn a living, democracy can come into the picture. If you are paying, you get to decide the type of school supply you child gets.