Originally Posted by cjzim
Rachel, the stumps made in Taiwan really ARE much better than those from China - you will notice a difference.
It's a matter of personal preference... the ones from Taiwan are definitely softer, and the ones from China are hard, and there is a time for each... My favorites are the ones marked "Creative Mark" - not sure where they are made, but they have a good balance of firmness and softness, and the tips seem to hold their shape better. I keep one stump for each color, so I don't have to worry about mixing colors or sanding down the tips.
Here are photos to compare the 3 - it's sort of interesting to see how the ends 'wear'.