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1.0 out of 5 stars Soaked in Kerosene??, July 16, 2013
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I'm sorry folks, but I have to strongly disagree with the reviews & comments here that downplay the smell of these clamps. There is an EXTREMELY STRONG smell that resembles kerosene. If you put these clamps on your backdrop within a few feet of your subject such as a small child and they have allergies or just plain sensitive sinuses, I don't think your photo shoot will last very long!

These clamps were shipped to me individually wrapped in a zip lock style bag that is inside a box. That box was inside a brown container box. Then this box was inside a larger box with other items in my order. The smell was so strong that when the delivery guy brought it, I could immediately smell it and I had not even touched the box yet! After opening it you can imagine how over powering the smell was. And it is NOT a good smell. (And I disagree that it is a 'rubbery' smell.) Clearly these clamps are made with using some process that includes an unnecessary chemical or substance and there is NO REASON for this! I apologize for sounding cynical, but I shudder to think what chemicals and/or materials are used at the Chinese plant that is making these. But what ever they are using is absolutely UNACCEPTABLE. There is no reason what so ever this is necessary. (Consider for a moment the differences in environmental regulations between America and China. Would you still feel what this product is made out of is no big deal if these are made with asbestos or some other hazardous material? You seriously think this can't happen?)

The clamps themselves look like they are decent quality and have a lot of strength to them since they are metal which is the reason I purchased these. The spring in them feels solid and durable. The rubber tips on each one does look flimsy though and I have to wonder how long before they start to tear apart and fall off. But at this point they are "completely unusable". I have them currently sitting outside my house in my back yard. If the smell doesn't clear up in a week or so, then these go in the garbage.
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Initial post: Oct 14, 2013 8:55:42 AM PDT
E. O'Neill says:
Did the smell go away after unpacking them?

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 7:54:43 AM PST
Acontius says:
The smell cleared out pretty fast from mine. Even the half-dozen I never unpacked until just now (after having them six months) have no smell.

Don't get so hysterical about the smell. In days past, when we shopped at big box centers or camera stores, the smell of new rubber had months to wear off before we bought them. Now inventories are so tightly managed that we are buying things manufactured as little as two or three weeks ago, so, sure, the smell is stronger.

As for the factories being more careless in China, maybe, but why do you think so many of the factories that used to be in the USA and Europe are gone? Partly labor costs, partly EPA regulations. They were putting of nasty byproducts when they were here, and now all that is moved to China. So before you start ragging on the Chinese, think how'd you'd like it if a big plastics factory was in your backyard.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2015 12:49:00 AM PST
I didn't notice any odor...
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