I recently bought 5 spools of white 1.75 mm PLA off Amazon. However, I experienced some very strange behavior when I started to print with it. First, the filament wouldn't stick to the print bed. I'd had no such trouble with the past several batches of filament (all from different makers, I think - my usual supplier is closed for COVID), but this filament refused to stick - or rather, it failed partway through three consecutive prints. I squished the first layer into the bed, but it didn't help. Not sure what else to do, I applied glue stick to my print bed (despite having a special print surface that has worked quite well on its own for over a year). Well, it worked - too well. The next print adhered firmly to the print bed, and applying pliers and a vise succeeded only in explosively shattering the parts, leaving most of the bottom few mm still stuck fast to the print surface. I finally managed to remove the remains by letting it cool, then heating the bed quickly to ~75 °C and applying steady moderate torque with pliers for 5-15 seconds.
That was not a desirable outcome, so I cleaned the print surface with water and then alcohol. Unfortunately, the next print I did had the same problem, and snapped during attempted removal.
This leads into the second, somewhat more fundamental problem with this filament - I don't have numbers, but it seems way more brittle, and a little weaker, than the average filament. The parts I printed were ones I've printed before, and they generally hold up to more abuse than the ones I've printed with this new filament. If I had to put a number on it - the new filament has maybe 50 %-75 % of the strength of most filament I've used, and/or is 150 % as brittle? Yeah - I just tried to shave off an edge with a deburring tool, and rather than form nice little plastic curls, it crackled and shot tiny chips of plastic. (Except for one corner, which was well behaved some of the time?)
Can anyone diagnose my filament from these symptoms? Is there something I can do to fix it (e.g. bake it for 8 hours or whatever), or should I just return it?