I used to buy Pens in hundred packs because I figured I would lose them so frequently, and it was the same deal with pencils. Eventually I decided to get nicer pens, and a higher quality mechanical pencil, and suddenly I wasn't losing any of my stationary because the quality made me more apt to keep an eye on it. I have a pentel graphgear 1000 mechanical drafting pencil that I bought in a set for around $10. Ten dollars for a pencil? Am I out of my mind? I don't think so, as I've held onto this pencil for almost four years now, just because it writes well and I tend to keep it on me. I've dropped it hundreds of times with no damage, and it's a pleasure to write with. Is there something that you pay extra for that keeps you from buying it again soon after?