In my house it's fresh ground pepper or the highway! The crappy stuff in the shaker just doesn't do it for me (not to mention it's hard to shake out!)
We used to have a problem with the cupboard we store our salt shaker & pepper grinder in because the pepper grinder would always leave a residual mess.
But my mom, clever one that she is, came up with this:
That's right, that's just a muffin liner under the pepper grinder!
How smart is she??
Works like a charm. When it gets icky, throw it out and get a new one!