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Scotch Tear-by-Hand Tape, 1.88 Inches x 50 Yards, 4-Pack (3842-4)

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  • Scotch(R) Tear-By-Hand Tape is designed for ultimate convenience because no scissors or dispensers are needed
  • Tears straight and easily,yet seals securely with a super strong adhesive
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Size: 4-Pack

Scotch(R) Tear-By-Hand Tape is designed for ultimate convenience because no scissors or dispensers are needed. Tears straight and easily,yet seals securely with a super strong adhesive. (2 pack)

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Size:4-Pack

Technical Details

Brand Name Scotch
Item Weight 1.3 pounds
Product Dimensions 2 x 6.2 x 6.2 inches
Item model number 3842-4
Color Clear
Number of Items 1
Size 4-Pack
Manufacturer Part Number 3842-4

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ASIN B000J05FJM
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4.6 out of 5 stars 296 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,893 in Office Products (See top 100)
#32 in Office Products > Mailroom Supplies > Packing Materials > Packing Tape
#168 in Office Products > Office Supplies > Tape, Adhesives & Fasteners > Tape
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available April 18, 2006

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By Karl VINE VOICE on January 2, 2011
Size: 2-Pack Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I'm the packer of the family. Not the Green Bay kind, but the "Have Tape Gun, Will Seal" kind. While conventional packing tape is super strong and I can seal small packages or large storage boxes quickly and economically with a gun, I was curious about this tear-by-hand product as even I have gotten some nasty cuts from the serrated cutting edge of a tape dispenser when I wan't paying attention.

I received a small sample roll to review as part of the Amazon Vine program. I compared its adhesiveness and strength to conventional packing tape. Adhesion was comparable. But strength is iffy depending on the package. Because the tape tears so perfectly across its width (due to some molecular magic at 3M), if your package has any give to it, and is given a sharp punch/push where the cardboard flaps come together - for example the UPS person dropping another box on top of yours - the an across-the flap piece of tape just tears right open. Does not happen with conventional tape. Since this tear-by-hand tape is longitudinally strong, tape placed lengthwise along the seam should be fine.

For medium duty work, I think this tape is OK (although expensive), and is great for around kids, since you don't have to worry about them getting cut on anything.
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This is a really terrific and innovative product. It really does tear easily by hand in a perfectly straight line without the hassle of scissors or those awkward dispensers. I keep rolls in the kitchen and office, and find innumerable uses for it around the house in addition to packing boxes. It's very hard to find, as retail outlets like Office Depot and Staples don't carry it. As far as its functionality for packing boxes, I find it works perfectly well for most small to medium sized boxes. If you have a very large, heavy box you might need to go with a stronger packing tape. I stock up because it gets used up fast around our house.

UPDATE: I'm sorry to have to report a downside to this tape. I've discovered that over time, this tape will lift off of ordinary cardboard. I discovered this when getting a variety of boxes out of a storage unit. I had used this tape to tape up these boxes, and they had been in storage for a few months. I was very surprised to see that the tape had simply lifted off. This seriously limits its usefulness. I've continued to use it, but when packing boxes I make sure to wrap the tape all the way around the box and a ways back over itself, as it does seem to remain stuck to itself, whereas it will lift off when just stuck to cardboard. It's hard to go back to other kinds of packing tape because the "tear by hand" feature is so convenient. Unfortunately I have to downgrade it.
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By HJ on December 3, 2007
Size: 2-Pack
When I first saw how easy this tape was to use by just tearing it with your fingers - I became a "tear by hand" tape evangelist!

It's very hard to find and I just don't understand why this isn't a best seller in the tape department because it's strong and easy to handle (doesn't try and stick to itself as you are placing it on paper) and it's just so easy to use. The company needs to kick it's marketing department's butt for not doing its job and getting the product out there on all the shelves. Everyone I have spoken to about the tape (I told you I was a tape evangelist) have never heard of it... what a shame for the company!
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First off, I've made three moves in the past 3 years and packed things myself each time. I used cheap packaging tape in the prior 2 moves and was completely preplexed at how it didn't peel from the roll well, how the end made itself invisible so it was hard to get re-started again and how it tore off at any time. Cheap is not the way to go. This tape is amazing in that you don't need a dispenser to cut it. You merely tear it off with your fingers and retain the end for the next taping. The 4 rolls per packet can do a lot of boxes in a hurry. This tape is the way to go.
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This tape sounded great! - to be able to just tear it by hand and work like normal packing tape. This WAS NOT the case! Yes, it does tear by hand, very easily in fact. However, it does not fulfill its actual purpose - STICK! I had it come off of packages in many instances, even after I smoothed it down very well. My latest incident was by far the worst! - I had a packaged up some items to be returned and used this tape to affix the return label to a normal brown box (the surface was completely clear of any other prior stickers, tape etc....) Within 1 day of using this tape to attach the return label, I actually found the label hanging off of the package!! Don't buy this tape if you expect it to actually stick!
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I rarely find myself dissatisfied after purchasing items that have generally high ratings and positive reviews. This particular tape - of all things - had to be the exception to that norm.

My ask of sticky tapes is simple - hold brown corrugated paper boxes together, be easy to apply, easy to tear. The last of these is generally an issue with other packing tapes - you need a pair of scissors or a knife to cleanly cut the tape off. This tape, without any doubt, makes it very easy to hand-tear when you are done.

However, I also expect a sticky tape to actually stick. The material used here is much thicker than regular tapes, and if you don't stick it back onto itself (i.e. going all around the box), the edges start curling up and coming loose after a few days. I used this tape, for example, to stick some labels on to cleaning fluid spray bottles, and all of them have come off after a few months.

I went back to the basic Scotch disposable dispenser with packing tape - http://amzn.com/B003W0P2SA - and love it. The cutter right on the dispenser makes it easy to cut, I'd say even easier than hand-tearing the tape, and these simple tapes stick better.
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