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How DO you make those Animal Costumes? (Fursuits)
Suck it, Wal-Mart! 
31st-May-2010 04:07 pm
Sneaky Scabrous
My life is complete, I now have absolutely no reason to set foot in a Wal-Mart store again. Previously, I would stoop to this level if for nothing else than they sell a chemically identical End Bac II spray for about $2 for a 19 oz. can (vs. $6 or more for a 15 oz. can of the brand-name End Bac II). Well okay, I did go in once just to check out the How to Train Your Dragon toys, but that’s it, honest.

So Target is no saint or savior, but I do find them at least two or three notches marginally less despicable than Wal-Mart. And now they have their own store brand of the exact same disinfectant. Same size, same price. Oh, but what’s this? They also have an adorable little travel size can, maybe enough for one suit for one or two gigs. Not economical at $1.50 for a 1 oz. can, but might be just the thing if you really like to travel light.

It was established here a while back (sorry, don’t have the post bookmarked) that all of these sprays — whether “real” End Bac II or the Wal-Mart house brand and now this Target stuff — come out of the exact same factory, off the same assembly line and filled from the same vat, the only differences being the can and the added scent. Basically, you’re not getting anything with brand-name End Bac II except four bucks poorer, and the prestige of not giving Wal-Mart your money. So if you’re okay with Target instead, here’s your opportunity to win both ways.

The big can is found in the house cleaning supplies, near the Lysol and Febreeze and stuff (watch out for the “bathroom cleaner” version in the green can — it’s the same disinfectant, but the added scent is totally nasty). The itty bitty can is found with the travel sundries (alongside the wee toothpaste and deodorant and whatnot), on a blister-pack card.
31st-May-2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
This gives me a happy because I hate WalMart with an unbridled passion.
31st-May-2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
Though having an additional source of this stuff is nice (especially if there happens to be a store near a con)... I really don't like the residual crap that this kinda spray leaves in your mask.

Also, I have a hard time believing Target is any less evil than Wal-Mart. Both companies are more concerned about their bottom lines then most other things.
1st-Jun-2010 01:45 am (UTC)
Mini can is nifty... but it will never beat diluted rubbing alcohol in spray bottle.
1st-Jun-2010 02:26 am (UTC)
Wow... I am outside of the US and can't get ahold of any of these products. So hearing something like this is literally a godsend. I'd be a little nervous about using it though. Wouldn't rubbing alchohol kill glue and sprayed markings if it penetrated from the inside of a mask?
1st-Jun-2010 02:36 am (UTC)
End Bac has alcohol as one of the ingredients so I don't see any reason to worry.
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1st-Jun-2010 03:06 am (UTC)
Ooooh, nice find! I'm gonna have to stock up for my upcoming CaliFur trip.

Got a question for ya while on this topic. Have you ever taken a look at the brand of disinfectant spray they sell at Dollar Tree? There's one or two different things they put into the mix. I figure you're the one to ask about it.
1st-Jun-2010 03:26 am (UTC)
I won't know for sure until I have a can in-hand where I can actually read the chemistry, but from what scattered pieces I can find online it looks like a good chance the Dollar Tree stuff may indeed be the same thing. Good find! I'll confirm next time I'm near one of their stores.
1st-Jun-2010 04:13 am (UTC)
Has anyone here used Ampyll disinfectant? That's what Knott's Berry Farm uses for their costumes, so I think it's pretty good stuff.
2nd-Jun-2010 12:15 am (UTC)
That little can would be one step closer to congoing on a motorcycle. Which I think i could just about do at this point whilst still bringing two fursuits.
2nd-Jun-2010 05:01 am (UTC)
hahaha awesome! Seeing as there is like... 1 Wal-Mart within the surrounding 1 hour radius around me, THIS IS AWESOME. I hate having to drive to MOUNTAIN VIEW.. just because something is only at WAL-MART. :| Target is everywhere else! lol. Yay... California.
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