We just received yet another catalogue from the Vermont Country Store, a company we must have ordered from many moons ago. Having noticed that a recent VCS catalogue offered replica Blackwing pencils for $3.90 each, and having now noticed what appears to be a very high VCS price for a pencil sharpener, I decided to check the sharpener and three more random VCS items against Amazon’s prices:
Boston X-Acto Model KS Pencil SharpenerAmazon comes out 38% cheaper.
VCS $29.95 : Amazon list $18.40 : Amazon $9.39
Caswell-Massey Almond Oil
VCS $24.95 : Amazon $20.00
Gumby and Pokey
VCS $16.95 : Amazon list $12.95 : Amazon $10.95
Swing-A-Way Can Opener
VCS 15.95 : Amazon list $11.99 : Amazon $9.98
Bag Balm Ointment
VCS $10.95 : Amazon $7.99
VCS total: $98.75 + $16.95 shipping = $115.70
Amazon total: $58.31 + $12.66 shipping = $70.97
There may be some mystical (or semi-mystical) cachet that accompanies items from the Vermont Country Store, but realists are better off ordering elsewhere.