So I just found out that after a guest checks out, the hotel I work at just tosses all the amenities and replaces them with fresh stuff. Apparently it's easier to do that than to check whether they've actually used them, but the advantage comes in that while it's crappy soap/shampoo/conditioner/lotion, it's actually pretty good sewing-kits(including mini-scissors and extra buttons)/toothpaste(crest)/combs/matchbooks. I talked to my new manager and while she agrees it seems like a waste, it's something corporate sent out as a "quality assurance" guarantee. She says she doesn't mind if the stuff doesn't make it to the trash, just so long as we don't fall below a minimum number of stuff on hand at the front desk. Guess who's got 2 thumbs and just got the hookup? :2thumb: this guy! Edit: I meant to ask, the shelf life on this toothpaste is only about a year. Any good longer shelf life stuff? I mean does it really matter if after a couple years you use it? I don't think it would go bad, but what's some good storing techniques?