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WARNING! They will send you half of your order only. Comes out twice as expensive. WARNING !
on January 23, 2016
Warrning! Warning! Warning!
When you buy this item, instead of receiving your order of ~2000 total feet of tape, what you'll receive is only ~1000 feet of tape. Please see included picture and video. Please click helpful too so that others could get informed as well.
Per title and technical details, you are ordering 330 feet per roll for 6 rolls (for total footage of 1980 ft), but they'll only send you 164 feet per roll for 6 rolls (for total footage of 984 ft). You are being shorted by half of your total order.
Because of that, this generic tape comes out twice as expensive as it appears to be. Their false advertising is serving them really well. Intentional? Who knows.
Performance-wise, you have nothing to complain about this generic tape. Just read the overwhelming positive reviews.
However, bear in mind, at ~$12~ price point for 984 ft length only, this tape is in price neighborhood of a superior tape from a superior brand Duck. The Duck HP260 8-pack (which was also mentioned on the most helpful review for this item) is the better tape than this Sparco. This Sparco is about $1.22 per 100ft, while the HP260 is only about $1.38 per 100ft. The difference is 16 cents only per 100 feet of tape. Duck Brand HP260 High Performance 3.1 Mil Packaging Tape, 1.88-Inch x 60-Yard, Crystal Clear, 8-Pack (1067839) . If you use ~6 ft of tape per package, the Duck would only be costing you 1 extra penny per package, but the extra security the Duck HP260 provides is definitely more than 1 cent worth. Look below for comparison.
Specs comparison of the two tapes:
Brand: Sparco 60041 vs Duck HP260 8-pack
Unit price per 100 feet: $1.22 vs $1.38
Thickness: 2.1 mil vs 3.1 mil (higher number means thicker tape)
Operating Temp: none claimed vs 14-140 deg Fahrenheit
Tackiness of adhesive: very sticky vs very sticky.
Frequency of tear outs while unrolling: some vs less (but both are in negligible frequency)
Their false advertising here made this generic tape deceptively cheaper. But in reality, is twice more expensive than advertised.
The thickness difference of the two is negligible because both feel high quality and both seem to have same tensile strength.
The operating temp is critical for packages sent to wide range of temp places like from desert heat to below freezing point. I, however, have not had reports of the Sparco detaching itself at their destinations.
The tackiness of both tapes feel very sticky. They both hold well at time of application. However, the Sparco doesn't have a claimed operating temp therefore may detach itself under extreme temps. The Duck HP260 claims to operate from below freezing point up to desert heat.
As for tear outs, a guess-timate would be: The Sparco is about once every ~20 yards, and the HP260 is about once every ~21 yards. Both are almost identical and so the difference is again negligible.
In conclusion, both are very good tapes. Sparco is relatively unknown brand and incomprehensibly priced ~same~ as a superior tape from a superior brand. The Duck HP260 is conclusively the better of the two tapes in all aspects.
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Why only one star if Sparco is an acceptably good tape? It is for sending me half of my orders only.
I see someone had already clicked unhelpful. Could it be the manufacturer? I wonder.