Do you like using Silpats? Are they bad for X and only good for X? Would you rather just use parchment paper?
A few Christmases ago, I convinced my BF to buy a Silpat for his sister, who is an avid cookie baker. As a food enthusiast, I'd read about how great they were and seen them used quite frequently on TV. I thought it would be a perfect gift for her.
Come Christmas day, she opened her tube shaped gift and was very unenthusiastic. If I recall, her verbal response was something like, "Oh thanks, but I have really awesome cookie sheets." I've never asked her if she's used it.
I was a little miffed at her response because I see the utility in having a Silpat for baking cookies, crostatas, etc. (Is there even such thing as a "really awesome cookie sheet" that doesn't require any type of liner??)
FWIW: I use a Silpat knockoff or unbleached, enviro-friendly parchment, and stainless steel half sheet pans. If I could afford additional Silpats I'd use them more often than parchment, but they're expensive.