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Ideal for small or light-weight packaging.
on July 26, 2011
I bought this tape mostly for packaging small item's I sell online - mostly dvds - and it's a great value for such applications. This tape isn't designed for sealing up heavy boxes of electronics, glassware, etc; even lightweight, non-fragile items like clothes, if packed tightly in a huge moving box would be better sealed with a stronger tape, which usually comes in shorter rolls, since the tape is so much thicker. If that's what you need tape for, buying the very cheapest, longest length tape you can find, probably isn't the best idea.
Even double or triple taping a heavy box isn't going to be as safe as using a stronger tape that's either thicker or reinforced with fiberglass or material strands. It's about using the right tool for the job and this tool was made especially for small, lightweight packaging. I've used it for larger, medium weight boxes too - like shipping a dvd player or some item under 20 lbs - without reservations as to how well it would hold up, but I wouldn't even consider it for sealing a big box full of dishes during a move, or shipping a 50 pound surround sound receiver that cost 1k or more to replace.
Like I said, this tape is ideal for my primary application, which is shipping dvds, whether in a cardboard box or bubble mailer. In fact, I trust the tape more than I do the self-sealing sticky strips on most bubble mailers or priority mail flat-rate boxes. This tape is actually better than the last pack of similarly priced Scotch brand tape I bought; at least the adhesive is stronger, though it's about just as flimsy, which is fine if you have the proper dispencer, but can be wasteful, not to mention aggravating, if just using your hands and a pair of scissors. While expectedly flimsy considering it's thinness, it's not as fragile as some generic, non-name brands I've tried in the past. This is USPS approved packaging tape.
While this tape isn't marketed as being crystal clear, it's transparent enough to cover shipping labels without obscuring the shipping details (address, postal barcode, etc); at only one or two layers thick, the tape still looks almost perfectly clear and also appears clearer than the Scotch brand I bought last time.