at my kids school each grade level comes up with their supply list & some of the teachers can be very finiky when it comes to supplies. now while i do buy the kids crayola crayons (some of the cheaper brands are too waxy & don't color as well) for their supplies everything else is pretty much the cheapest i can find. sometimes that brand name most of the time it's generic/off brand. other than the crayons i really don't see a difference in the quality.
some examples of the teachers "pickiness"; for 2nd grade they only want ticonderoga brand #2 pencils (i've never even heard of that brand). all the other grades just ask for #2, non mechaical pencils.
1st grade only wants fiskars scissors. all the other grades simple ask for scissors.
3rd grade wants post-it brand sticky notes only, no "off brands".
4th grade want "expo brand only" dry erase markers.
even though the list says "this brand only" etc. i don't follow it. i'm working with a budget & if i can find supplies cheaper than the brand they are asking for i'm going to go with that.
so what about your children's school supply lists? are they brand specific? if so do you follow it?