Needed some double-sided mounting tape for a project, and just like in most cases, an easy local source was the venue of choice. Sometimes it’s Hobson’s Choice, but an agent needs to be aware of what can be acquired at Walmart, Target, Lowes, Home Depot, Stop & Shop, Ocean State Job Lot, and Big Lots.
The average agent visits these at least once a week buying groceries and other consumables as part of their day life. The above average agent takes a general look around their stores seeing what’s available. Departments of interest include:
- Home Improvement/Hardware
- Arts & Crafts
- Stationary/Office Supplies
- Sporting Goods
In the process of looking for mounting tape, inspiration, and ideas, came across this tool that an agent might need:
This multitool was designed for electrical work, and for the price and country of manufacturer, the quality is pretty good. It’s no Klein or Leatherman, but it’ll get the agent on a budget up and running. Does it suck? The average review of 4/5 says no.
Back in the relatively halycon days of the 1980s and 1990s, Interzone Agents would have local source competitions with $100 and a 45 minute driving radius from their labs. Glorious times and great operatives. The better ones would cheat and drive the hour to the nearest industrial surplus store because they knew a bunch of SBCs came in a week ago.