Beaded chains of plastic laminate samples, as shown in photo, are a standard way of distributing small samples to customers. Compared to other methods of displaying samples, such as display boards, chains are economical and easy to assemble and ship. They can be displayed simply on a hook in a distributor's showroom or designer's library. When needed in the field or to bring to a customer's office, they are compact and easy to transport; unlike boxed samples, pieces will not fall out if a chain is tipped over. Chains allow samples to be held up against other materials for color matching, or to be readily removed if necessary for closer examination. Flipping through chain engages the customer kinesthetically, creating a stronger sales impression.
Environmentally, chains minimize packaging, and can be readily recycled with other metal scrap.