Milk crates are wonderful wonderful things. They are modular, readily available, and pretty close to indestructable. The imitation milk crates sold at office supply stores and the like are, well, crap. And you can't buy real milk crates through normal retail channels. Yes, stealing is what many people would consider "bad" - it is not suddenly different just because you can't buy said product. And *gasp* some people find stealing to be wrong!
For some reason, Duluth Trading Company decided to send me a catalog - mostly tools, tool accessories, lots of fun toys for contractors. All sorts of canvas and suede storage units to fit in five gallon buckets. And then there was the Crate Boss w/o Crate - a storage system designed around a milk crate, available with and without the milk crate. I looked again - the milk crate was available separately!
For a mere $12.99 plus shipping (Shipping is surprisingly reasonable - it is based on dollar value of purchase and caps out at $13.50), you can finally have your very own, legal, milk crates, in sexy black! (Yes, for the record, these are real milk crates... not those imitation ones. yay!)
Go to www.duluthtrading.com and search for "Black 16-quart Crate".
Now go return all that stolen property to the stores that had to pay the deposit on it.
This is how things are in the USA. Tell me a story about milk crates.