I am not going to add much to this review. My thoughts are basically that Bic ballpoints serve a purpose, and I'd rather see someone using one of these than boycotting paper and pen altogether. Bic ballpoints are fairly reliable, easy to acquire, and, most importantly, they are cheap enough for everyone to acquire. They are the peoples' pen. I do say that generic ballpoints are going a bit far (Why buy a 12-pack for 39 cents only to find that most of them do not work?).
I bought a bunch of affordable school supplies to donate, which I recommend if you have a few dollars to spare; there are many great deals during Back to School season at the big box stores, and a little bit of money can go a long way in getting kids some of the essentials.