I've been working on some projects that involve piping. I'd bought a pack of braided cording at the fabric store for $2.99. It was enough for one medium sized project. Then, when I was at my local Fred Meyer, I found this clothesline--100 feet of braided cording for a little over $4.
Here they are side by side. Hmmm. Can you tell the difference? Neither can I.
Just imagine all the things I could make with 100 feet of piping....mu ah ah ah.