Shopping Tips

Best Value #2 Wooden Pencils for Back To School

It is back to school time and that means time to stock up on school supplies. Of course, you will find the classic #2 wooden pencil on the supply list of nearly every classroom out there. So, we thought we would help out by giving you our buying guide on how to find the best value on #2 wooden pencils.

But first, some fun facts

Fun Pencil Facts

  • There are an estimated 2 billion wooden pencils made every year, the vast majority being #2
  • Dixon Ticonderoga is the world’s largest pencil manufacturer, producing ~1.5 billion pencils each year (source)
  • A single standard size pencil can draw a line 35 miles long (source)
  • Before erasers were invented, bread crumbs were used to erase mistakes (source)
  • There are over 2,000 search results for Pencils on Amazon

How much can you save buying pencils?

The most interesting fact for us is the disparity in the prices. Online, we see prices that range from just over $0.06/pencil to $1.00/pencil for what appear to be nearly the same #2 wooden pencils. It is pretty common to find them for $0.15-$0.20/pencil. To put that in perspective, if the average pencil sells for $0.15/pencil, but with a smarter shopping strategy you could get them for $0.10/pencil, then the families/schools/businesses of the world could collectively save 100 million dollars! That is a lot. Of course, each of us only saves a small amount, but still!

To make sure you are getting the best price, we have three recommendations:

Buy at a local store

In all of our price comparisons, we found the cheapest place to buy pencils is finding a local Wal-Mart where we have seen them for ~$0.04/pencil vs a typical price of about $0.15/pencil online. But, if you like the convenience of buying online and willing to pay just a little more, then read on.

Buy in bulk

We found that many of the bulk packs have the best price per unit. They come in quantities of 144 – 1000 pencils and can often be found for $0.06/pencil. This quantity is often too many for any one household, but maybe going in with friends or as a classroom and splitting the cost might be worth it. Use the $100 savings to have an ice cream party!

Time the market

Prices fluctuate like crazy online and buying “out of season” can often save you a lot of money. We have included below our top recommendations for buying pencils. We update the list below multiple times a day so you can check back frequently and see if there are better prices for you.

Also, keep in mind that it may be a huge bonus to you if they come pre-sharpened!

We hope you find this buying guide useful. Happy back to school shopping!

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We are officially knee deep into summer and adventure outdoors awaits. Whether you find yourself at the beach, hiking in the mountains, river rafting, or simply splashing around in your neighborhood pool, you’ll need a GoPro to capture those priceless and epic moments. As per usual, Price Tempter has already created an All Things GoPro list for you to subscribe to and receive pricing guidance for.

Fortunately, you can buy a GoPro Hero 5 on Amazon for $169 at 44% off (price as of July 15, 2020)! Here is a prime example of a warehouse deal making it affordable to buy premium technology. For those unfamiliar with warehouse deals – brace yourself, for they will become your best friend. Amazon warehouse deals are available for returned products with minimal use. Thankfully, Amazon will inform you of the products condition so that you can be confident in your purchase and in what you will receive in the mail. Please note: warehouse deals labeled as “Renewed”, “Used – Like New”, and “Used – Very Good” are excellent deals.

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You’ll find this Go For It deal featured in the Premium Skin Care for Women list. Our Premium Skin Care for Women list is perfect for you if you are searching for high quality beauty products. Here you will find several Go For It deals from the Clarisonic brand, but we want to call your attention to the Clarisonic Mia Smart facial cleansing brush. Facial cleansers like this one are proven to be extremely effective in terms of deeply cleansing the skin and rejuvenating it.

You will find numerous video reviews on YouTube for the Clarisonic facial brush but we wanted to call your attention to the review given by Erin Lawrence with Tech Gadgets Canada.

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Shopping Tips

Eliminate Trustbusters and Optimize your Page

40% of product detail pages on Amazon are not reaching their full potential. We reviewed 50+ best-selling products and saw that nearly half have at least one trustbuster on their page. Trustbusters will lose you sales day in and day out. But you can easily fix them.

As ex-Amazonians, we have a unique knowledge of how customers shop eCommerce. If you want to increase your sales on Amazon or any eCommerce platform – start with two objectives: focus on customer trust and make the shopping experience as simple and clear as possible. Customers want a low risk transaction that requires minimal effort to understand the core shopping questions – what is this product, is it the one for me, and how do I get it?

Eliminate all Trustbusters

Customers are wary of eCommerce transactions – every pixel they see increases or reduces their trust in the transaction as safe and low risk. 

What is a trustbuster? A trustbuster is anything that leaves the customer wary or confused with your product. Many SKU’s on Amazon shoot themselves in the foot and lose sales because of bad images, confusing titles, and poorly written product descriptions. Customers prefer a clean, beautifully merchandised display over a cluttered disorganized showroom – whether brick & mortar or online. Absurdly long titles, exaggerated claims, and low-quality images all indicate to a customer that this is high risk transaction.

Don’t sabotage your sales – invest in images, shorten your titles, focus your product descriptions, and create enhanced content.


Pictures are a powerful tool to quickly answer the customers question of what your product is. Create a gallery of images that highlight the product; show the product in context and how it fits into the overall brand line. Videos of the product in use are worth considering – how many unboxing videos are out there being watched?  Put your best videos in the product gallery.

We recommend you photograph every angle of the product and ensure the shopper knows what the product will look like. You should also be sure to provide images of your product in natural settings where it will be used; if that is in the kitchen, then show your product sitting on the countertop. Photographing the product where it will be used will give the shopper a better idea of its actual size and what it will look like in real life. Lastly, avoid computerized images! Of course, use your best judgement, but remember that computerized images can be trustbusters.

If all the customers saw was an image gallery – would they have a great answer to what the product is and whether its right for them?


The title of your product must be clear. Many titles on eCommerce websites are cluttered and long. Take a step back and simplify it. Using lO is not customer focused. A commonly held belief is that long and keyword optimized titles help with SEO – this is not customer focused, and it is a trustbuster. Remember, all of the keyword content you are flooding your title with is in your product details – search engines will find it, focus on gaining the customers trust.

Instead of inserting as many words into the title as possible, simplify it by simply including, in this order, the brand name, the official name of the product, and perhaps the top 2-3 features relevant to the type of product (I.e. Brand Name Button Down Men’s, No Iron Athletic Fit Dress Shirt). With a clear title, the customer will know what your product is and will feel more assured in their purchase. They will find the rest of the details when they want them, in the product description.

Product Details

Again, simplicity is key! The product details section to the right of the images needs to be clean and easily readable. Capitalizing, boldening, underlining, and bracketing only confuses the customer, or they ignore it altogether!

We also recommend you tone down the sales lingo; be sure to inform them of your products’ key features, but do not bombard them with an essay screaming the product benefits. The best way to use this space is to keep your bullets short and to the point. Do this by anchoring the customer at the beginning of the bullet with what your product offers. Look at all the comments in customer reviews to see what customers want other customers to know.  Consider lifting this information to the product details.

Enhanced Content

While many customers do not scroll down to the enhanced content section on an Amazon product details page, you still have a great opportunity to optimize this section and provide additional information about your product in more detail.

Instead of simply copying in a basic product description, take some time to create graphics that depict additional features and benefits of your product. Graphic overlays and text boxes work excellently here. Get creative and shine a bright light on your product! This section in the product details page is also your prime opportunity to depict your brand personality. Consider decomposing this content into smaller pieces that can also be used in the product image gallery.

Safe & Simple Shopping

As you optimize your product images, clean up your product titles, simplify your product details section, and get creative with your enhanced content, you will eliminate trustbusters and your sales will increase! Don’t do it just once, treat your page like a showroom. Keep it updated with periodic reviews and testing. Try new images and product bullets to keep the page fresh and engage customers in a new way.

Our combined 25 years at Amazon taught us a great deal about tried and tested best practices. Trust us and optimize your product listing page.