Chances are that the pencils you use/used in class were whatever they happened to sell in the store where you were buying the rest of your school supplies. But were you doing yourself a horrible disservice by opting for a default pencil? To find out, we rounded up the generic store-brand pencils from Staples ($1.89 with free in-store pickup), Office Depot ($1.49 with free in-store pickup), and Office Max ($1.49 with free in-store pickup) and pitted them against "The World's Best Pencil:" the Ticonderoga ($2.99 with free in-store pickup, a low by $10). How did the no-frills lead stack up? Is buying the slightly more expensive pencil worth it in the long run, or are you just throwing money away on a brand name? Find out the answers to these — and many other questions you never thought of asking — in our latest video production! Related dealnews Features: Video Review: Work While Working Out with the FitDesk Excercise Bike Video Review: Is a Ziploc Bag as Good as a Waterproof Case for Your Gadget? More dealnews videos on YouTube Follow @dealnews on Twitter for the latest roundups, price trend info, and stories. You can also sign up for an email alert for all dealnews features.