Perhaps I'm a special snowflake, because when we did back-to-school shopping for DSS this year, we bought what we could find and could afford, and the exact specified parameters went by the wayside. 3 packs of notebook paper, 100 count became 3 packs of notebook paper, 150 count. they would have been 2 packs under the theory that 300 sheets of paper is 300 sheets of paper except that the packs were going 3 different places. 3 24-packs of sharpened pencils became 3 30-packs of unsharpened pencils that we opened and sharpened at home. The response to 2 highlighters was to send the kid digging through the big bag of them that I had at home for 2 that seemed new. And his 1" binders may have been 1 1/2" inch, because they were also whatever we had at home.
I'm noticing that the year before DSS' has been instructed to bring in one package of Brand X dry erase markers. Presumably the brand is specified to avoid getting inferior products. No explanation is given as to what constitutes a "package" however. I can buy one large marker, 2 small markers, 3 clickable markers, 4 large markers (for the princely sum of $5.99, and this is the package most commonly sold in the stores; we have nearly 200 students per grade level, does the school really need 800 dry erase markers?!?)... I also note that a 12 pack is available for a much lower per-marker price than any of the smaller packages, and I would imagine the school could get some sort of discount, not to mention the tax exemption. I would much rather just donate my 1/3 to the school and let them deal with the Walmart tax-free-weekend crowds!