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Old 11-04-2017, 04:28 AM
 
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I recently had to purchase a new mouse pad because they one I had that came with my LAST PC (7-8 years ago) started to wear out. I paid 7 dollars for a mouse pad! and that was the cheapest of the options I had.

I remember when you bought a pizza they'd give you a free mouse pad, I remember stores gave out free pads, businesses gave away free mouse pads.

I'm shocked because I didn't know mouse pads cost that much, I thought at best a fantasy pad would have been about 2 bucks.

And I'm talking about I paid 7 dollars for a regular flat mouse pad.

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Old 11-04-2017, 08:21 AM
 
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I remember that . . . a great piece of advertising for the businesses which did it.

I've got a work-around for you. I'm allergic to natural rubber latex and most, if not all, mouse pads have it as a component. I use a piece of plain old cardboard, like you'd take off a note pad. Works great and free!
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Old 11-04-2017, 08:59 AM
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I would guess mouse pads became a less desirable giveaway item because fewer people use a desktop computer with a mouse at home anymore. They're more likely to use a laptop or a tablet.
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Old 11-04-2017, 09:05 AM
 
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Many people I know that have desktops do not even use a mouse pad anymore (myself included). Back when mice had the metal roller balls, a pad was necessary, but most mice today are the laser optical type, so any smooth surface like a desk or table top works just fine.
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Old 11-04-2017, 09:36 AM
 
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Many people I know that have desktops do not even use a mouse pad anymore (myself included). Back when mice had the metal roller balls, a pad was necessary, but most mice today are the laser optical type, so any smooth surface like a desk or table top works just fine.
Or in my case, sitting in a recliner with my laptop using the arm of the recliner as my mouse pad.
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Old 11-04-2017, 10:17 AM
 
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Many people I know that have desktops do not even use a mouse pad anymore (myself included). Back when mice had the metal roller balls, a pad was necessary, but most mice today are the laser optical type, so any smooth surface like a desk or table top works just fine.
Mine doesn't like the glass on the top of my desk. It must need something to grab onto.
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Old 11-04-2017, 10:53 AM
 
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I use a sheet of the colored foam that is in the crafts area of the dollar store and have for a while. It does work better if taped down. Mouse pads get filthy and being able to toss and replace is a plus.
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Old 11-04-2017, 01:26 PM
 
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This is why I have a stack of old mousepads sitting in the closet.
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Old 11-04-2017, 02:03 PM
 
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I use a sheet of the colored foam that is in the crafts area of the dollar store and have for a while. It does work better if taped down. Mouse pads get filthy and being able to toss and replace is a plus.
Good idea. I'll have to check and see what they're made of . . . hopefully not latex. Synthetics are fine. Thanks!
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Old 11-05-2017, 02:23 AM
 
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First thought was "what's a mouse pad?"
Took me a second to remember
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