Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Price Stickers AND Jingle All The Way

 


A few days ago I was out and about enjoying all the Christmas decorations in the stores. It’s been a rough year. The wonderment of the season always brings me great joy and I needed a dollop of it, right about now. Because my dad passed away, my mom doesn’t want to decorate this year. That makes me sad because I always enjoyed seeing pictures of their holiday décor from a distance. It made me feel close to home. I thought perhaps I could add some holiday cheer to moms December, without going overboard. I saw a festive miniature ‘jingle all the way’ sign. And a sweet snowman’s face one, too. I scooped them up. Put ‘em in my basket and headed home. Before I could mail them, though… I had to remove the price stickers. That was easier said than done. What a mess. The darn things refused to budge. I bought some ‘goo be gone’ thinking that might help?


 It didn’t. Instead it made it worse by discoloring the back of the signs. The stains are more than a little disconcerting. Makes the holiday duo look old, instead of new. You can’t give someone a present looking like that? I’m really aggravated. I can’t replace the signs. No sense taking them back for a refund, when another set will end up with the same damage. If you look carefully at my photos… besides the ‘goo gone stains’… the spots where the price stickers were are also etched into permanence.



I want to scream. My idea to surprise my mom is now ruined. So chalk up another low point for 2020. Holiday Cheer be damned. Price stickers are supposed to stick, it’s true. But they are not supposed to be permanent fixtures on the product and impossible to get off. Having worked in retail, years ago… I put many a price sticker in place and never saw the kind of effort that is required today to remove them. 
Frustrating to be sure. What are your stories about these pesky price labels? 

11 comments:

Practical Parsimony said...

Bummer! Those stickers are very difficult to remove. I hate they ruined the signs. Maybe you could send them to her and explain what happened. Maybe Not.

jack69 said...

So many of us have the same frustration. I seldom see them, but I appreciate the tags with 'water' soluble glue. I try water first, it usually just leaves the glue. My next is a little cooking oil hoping the glue is oil based. If the surgace is glass or metal I then try paint thinner. My last resort and the worst is 'laquer thinner' but that is the most dangerous. I used it when applying counter tops in construction no glue can resist it, but some surfaces are ruined. The only two things above are safe are the cookng oil & water. and it hurts. I can't remember any specific, but it is a bout every time I seem to buy something.
Sending GOOD thoughts your way for a great Christmas Season....
Sherry & jack

jack69 said...

Sorry about the print errors, it must be the computer is mad. ;-)

jack69 said...

One more, I am ver disappointed in the Goo Gone! :-(

Susie said...

You could paint the backs , maybe then it would cover the glue smudges. I really hate when you almost have to scrap part of the item away to be rid of the stickers. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Priece stickers are a lot of bother for sure. I 've even taking to covering up the spot with a sticker of my own. To and From tags work good for this and you can put the date on it to remember the year it was given. Maybe this will help you or not. Any way you have my commiserations. Price tags be gone !

Sandi said...

Olive oil, coconut oil, or peanut butter may remove the goo. That may be the same type of thing as Goo B Gone, but may be worth a try.

NanaDiana said...

SOOO aggravating. The worst one I ever had was on a pair of sunglasses and it ruined them-and no way to take them back. So aggravating~. xo Diana

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, I've had that happen to me too, Taryterre. It is frustrating for sure. When the stickers are on glass or porcelain like a tea cup and such, then you can scrub them off with soapy water. But with items like wood it's a bit harder to remove them. Yes, they should stick, but not be so permanent that they damage the item. I think your Mom might like that snowman anyways though. It's so cute, and the front of it looks good. Sometimes it's more of a hassle to return things, huh?

~Sheri

Susan said...

Hello! I was happy to see your post. Oh, I know what you mean about very sticky stickers. I've used peanut butter and it works pretty good. I gently went over and over the sticker and peanut butter with a scrubby, circling, circling, until the sticker unstuck. That was so nice of you to think of your Mom. I think I would have covered up the spot with heart stickers and sent it anyway. Susan

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