Pazzles Mats and Cricut Mats

Today I went to purchase some Pazzles 12x12 mats at Amazon.com and had to change my mind.  Usually the price is around $15 or so (for 2 mats), with decent shipping costs, but today the price was like $13, but the shipping was almost $6.  The price would have been about the same, but I felt the pricing was deceitful so I passed on it.
Next, I was going to purchase the 12x12 original cricut mats, but on Amazon, they are selling for like $39 for a set of 2!  I could have bought the non-sticky Imagine mats, but the shipping was too high and I would have had to start out taping my paper down to the mat.  I don’t mind doing that with old mats, but not with new mats.  I know I can use spray adhesive, but why do that with new mats?
I finally ordered a set of 12x24 Cricut Mats.  This way I can cut them in half and have 4 mats for under $19 (with shipping).  I just hope I don’t get conned and receive Imagine mats like some customers have gotten when they thought they were buying the original 12x12 mats from Cricut (Cricut shows the original mats on the sale page, but then sends you the non-sticky Imagine mats).  UPDATE:  I got my 12x24 mats today and they are the original mats. I cut them in half too and now I have 4  12x12 mats for a decent price.  Yippee!
Right now I am using a flexible cutting mat used in kitchens.  They work ok for a short while, but tend to curl on the sides.  I have to find a good place mat to use.  I bought my flexible cutting mats from Walmart, but I am told I can find the place mats from Family Dollar, Big Lots, and Dollar Tree.  I will definitely look for them this weekend.  If I find them, I will purchase quite a bit and just buy me some spray adhesive.  The die-cut mats are a pain in the neck and the vendors are definitely holding us hostage with their increased pricing.

July 10 Note - Before I got my mats in the mail and after my flexible cutting mat was too warped to use, I used a thick piece of 12x12 chipboard to put my paper on and cut out my designs.  I had no idea if it would work, but it did.  I don't see myself doing that long term, but it sure was a big help with my cutting projects while I waited for my mats.

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