# Anyone know where to buy a chalkboard/whiteboard?

1. Mar 6, 2005

### mathlete

I remember seeing a thread on this once here. But I was looking around and couldn't find a cheap whiteboard/blackboard anywhere, they're all insanely expensive :surprised

I think it would be cool to have one since paper/pencil gets frustrating sometimes, but I don't want to shell out hundreds for a way to do problems!

2. Mar 6, 2005

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
I guess ebay is always a good place to start. Most universities also have surplus warehouses where you can buy used supplies (it'll probably be pretty old and banged up, but if you're just looking for functional and don't care about aesthetics, you can probably get it pretty cheap). You'll probably be more likely to get a chalkboard than whiteboard that way since they usually upgrade from chalkboards to white boards as they renovate old classrooms and offices.

3. Mar 6, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

Walmart has cheap ones. Other than that, getting lucky and finding one at a thrift shop or garage sale. Have you looked in hobby shops? You can make blackboards (not that great) with spray on blackboard. You could make a blackboard of almost any flat surface. At least they used to sell it at the hobby shop.

4. Mar 6, 2005

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
Oh, I forgot about that. You can get the spray-on blackboard paint at pretty much any home improvement store nowadays (like Home Depot or Lowe's). Just look in the regular spray paint section.

5. Mar 6, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

Great, they do still have it!

6. Mar 6, 2005

### JasonRox

I'd recommend a whiteboard because of dust.

I bought my mine nice and new. It's a nice big one. 4 feet tall and 6 feet long, and takes up like the whole wall in my room.

It's nice for studying and just doing questions.

I love it.

7. Mar 6, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

Chalkboards can get very messy. Of course whiteboards need those special markers, but they last awhile.

Mathlete, you also need to think of the expense spread out over several years. How much would you spend in 5 years on pencils, paper and erasers, plus what is the value of having a medium to use that would help you be more productive?

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8. Mar 6, 2005

### JasonRox

They actually don't last as long as you think they would

Also, whiteboards are still messy, but not as messy.

I should post up a picture of it one day.

Anything in particular that you want me to write?

9. Mar 6, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

Evo is the all knowing, all powerful goddess of GD? (just a suggestion) :shy:

10. Mar 6, 2005

### JasonRox

I guess that would be alright.

I'll have the picture by tomorrow. Getting late right now because I have to go to school early tomorrow.

11. Mar 6, 2005

### Moonbear

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My dry erase markers last quite a long time as long as I don't let anyone else touch them (I work with people who seem to have this need to mash markers as they write; I think they're still used to chalkboards and having to press really hard while writing to make a dark enough chalk line for a class to see it).

The dustless chalk, while not truly dustless, is far better than the older chalk. But, I agree, white boards are still less dusty than any type of chalk. If you're going to be using it in a living space (like a bedroom), I'd suggest going for the extra expense of a whiteboard rather than a chalkboard so you're not breathing all that chalk dust.

But, the question asked was where to find them cheap, and you can't get much cheaper than spray-on chalkboards. Though it also depends on how long you plan to use it for. A white board will last a long time, and are light to move, while chalkboards are heavier, and if you spraypaint it on a wall, it's not moving at all.

12. Mar 6, 2005

### franznietzsche

Cheap ones don't exist.

For a 3x2 its about $40-$75. Thats feasible, depending on how much cash you have.

For a 4x6 it jumps to about $300 i think. edit: this is what happens when i don't read a thread first. My prices were straight from some manufacturer somewhere.... I didn't know walmart sold larger ones....hmmm...i'll have to look into that. Last edited: Mar 6, 2005 13. Mar 6, 2005 ### Dayle Record I saw one for$2.00 at a thrift store a couple of days ago. That is the kind of thing that gravitates there. Every larger college campus has a surplus property division, where you can buy used equipment. Sometimes the state where you live has a surplus property division, and you can shop that warehouse too.

14. Mar 6, 2005

### cronxeh

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15. Mar 7, 2005

### franznietzsche

I haven't seen one...i haven't looked much either though.

16. Mar 7, 2005

### franznietzsche

Ah, seems they auction stuff online.

Oooh, 10 year old power book for twenty dollars....useless on its own, but i could use it to SSH connect to my desktop....hmmmm...

It makes me laugh actually....2 MB ROM, 4 MB RAM, 25 Mhz processor, my calculator is comparable to it....except my calculatore doesn't have a modem....hmmm.....

17. Mar 7, 2005

### tribdog

go to the junk yard, get a windshield out of a 74 cadillac, paint the inside white or just hang it on a white wall. 10 bucks tops

make that a rear window, no curve. plus the heating elements act like lined paper

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18. Mar 7, 2005

### franznietzsche

Clever.

BUt honestly tribdog. Glass? In a college dorm room, hanging from the wall?

Death trap waiting to happen. You should know better.

19. Mar 7, 2005

### tribdog

shatterproof safety glass, you should know better

20. Mar 7, 2005

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
The dorms I used to live in had windows that took up half of one wall (windowsill about 3 ft from the floor, and all window above that). We could have just written on the windows! Actually, I think some people did. The sun bakes on marker pretty good though. But, talk about solar heating! It was usually 80 degrees inside in the winter (only a tiny part of the window opened...like the size of those small basement windows and we kept that open most of the winter to keep the room cool), and over 100 degrees in summer. No air conditioning. It's no wonder I now freeze when the temperature goes below 75. We must have been some of the cleanest students on campus, always taking showers to try to cool off.