A cotton swab is a cotton swab, right? A friend of mine had an experience that would disagree with that idea.
My husband has always insisted on buying only Q-tips. Since he uses more of them than I do, I never argued with that, but I didn’t particularly care much. I have only noticed a couple of times in all the years we’ve used these that there was too little cotton which allows the end of the stick to poke through. I did (and do) appreciate that the cotton is almost always tightly wrapped around the stick so that it doesn’t flare out easily.
However, the daughter of a friend of mine learned firsthand why this is important. She was cleaning an ear with a generic cotton swab. The cotton tip pulled right off in her ear. She had to go to the doctor to have it removed! How scary is that? She followed through with the company and they gave her a whole case full of free products, but she won’t ever buy any swabs except Q-tips now either.
At this size, they come in a nice dispenser pack. The back of the package tears open (the perforations could be better as you can see), but the plastic bubble front makes a nice tub to hold the swabs. You get 500 swabs for $3.99.
I strongly recommend using Q-tips for health purposes. Buy generic for just for crafts and cleaning stuff.