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Mixing Dumb Strip Brands, Can I Do It?

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Before I spend some money I thought I would ask if anyone already knew. I have LOR dumb strips and I need to buy 2 more. I was wondering if I bought a couple from an Ebay seller would the colors match, would they look different, would you be able to notice from different brands. Do all strips basically look the same in terms of color???       I know all strips aren't created equal in terms of quality, but before I spent money to test to see if they match, I thought you guys might save me time and a little money. I assume they would be different as there is a huge price difference from LOR strips to Ebay strips. Maybe someone knows a comparable strip to LOR strips. I bought the first 8 from another source so they were much cheaper than current LOR retail price, but if I buy two more I would have to pay current LOR retail price to match the other 8. I was trying to avoid that if I can, but I will stay with LOR if that's the best solution. I could buy 8 more from Ebay seller for the price of 2 from LOR! Maybe I should go with Holiday Coro, or Seasonal Entertainment strips, rather than an Ebay seller? What your advice? Thanks!

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There can even be differences when you order from the same source at the same time.  Not long ago there were some differences even with CCR's.  I have purchased from different people at different time and found the difference to be visible if you look for it but not signifigant.  Purchasing one string for a sample then ordering more later is no assurance the the second order will exactly match the one you used for a sample.

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Thanks for your comments. I hope the 8 strips from LOR are the same at least. I bought them because I thought better quality from the major retailer (and I did get them cheaper from a authorized LOR seller). Thanks!

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