The difference between cheap cardstock and quality is easy to tell. You need to rip a corner off or take some bleach to it. This will allow you to reveal the inner core. Cheaper cardstock is often not dyed all the way through so the core has a white color instead of being consistent all the way through.
With Stampin’ Up! cardstock I find it interesting to spritz bleach. Then you see what the color blend is. Some colors have a yellow undertone, some more of a blue or red. In the case of early espresso there is a slight yellow undertone as seen below.
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