So, you might get made fun of at the Renaissance Faire if you try to wear this (remembers the little kids that made armor out of tin foil and football padding being called "baked potatoes") however for a Halloween Costume or even for the little tykes to have inexpensive armor for play its not exactly a bad idea. AND if you're a drinker of the monster drinks you can get blue tabs incorporated into a seal or symbol on the chest plate...
Chainmail shirts don't cost "thousands of dollars" They cost $150. I don't know how you'd go about scavenging that many tabs without drinking a whole lot of them yourself.
"real" Chainmail is equally ineffective against arrows. That's why they invented plate mail.
hehe I know...I think it would be much easier to buy some baling wire and spin and cut it yourself and then make a real chainmail shirt than to try and deal with the tabs but I guess for a kid it would be a quick lightweight solution especially if they have access to the tabs. But usually if the tabs don't go into the garbage they're already being collected for different fund raisers so its really ineffective.
What really made me giggle is the pictures the girl provided...she's giving the "i am teh c00lest!!!!!111one!" look.
damn...now i have to go dig out my chainmail goodies....hehehe