replacements in boxes of 4 to 6
I've been using a few different kinds of soft and semi-hard pastels including Mungyo, Rembrandt, and a few sticks of Unison, Great American, etc. Recently I needed to order some replacement sticks, and I was surprised to see that for many brands, individual sticks are no longer available from Jarry's or Dakota. Other brands (Terry Ludwig, Schminke, Unison, etc) are available only as special sets, or in boxes of 4 to 6 sticks of an individual color. I wrote to Jerry's about this, and they wrote back that they will no longer sell individual sticks, but only boxes of multiple sticks "because that's the way they come through to us".
It's not so easy for an occasional pastelist to afford 4 to six sticks of each replacement (or additional) color they need. Am is missing something about how to order individual sticks?
I realize that from Blick, Rembrandts are still available as individual sticks, and other brands such as Mount Vision, Art Spectrum, and Caran d'Ache can be ordered individually. But just in the past few days, Rembrandt has been limited to boxes of 4 sticks of an individual color at Jerrys, so I'm wondering if all brands are going that way, from all distributors.