Product Type: Scotch in Homeware
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It's a wrap
3M Scotch Pop-up Tape Dispenser
Member Name: stillclueless
3M Scotch Pop-up Tape Dispenser
Advantages: Easy to use - good sized tape pads
Disadvantages: A little uncomfortable as raised plastic areas on the underside dig into your hand
Well here we are - 19 days until christmas and I am as organised as ever with the majority of my presents purchased and the christmas decorations in full swing. I bought my wrapping paper, bows and ribbons etc etc on Saturday and am currently in the process of getting the presents wrapped and under the tree - would it be too cheesy if I said something along the lines of "it's beginning to look a lot like christmas" - hehe. Wrapping presents is one of those things that I think people either love or hate and one of the most frustrating parts of wrapping is organising the tape to seal your gift. I don't know about you but I certainly have found myself in some frustrating situations with sticky tape - as you desperately try your best to keep the wrapping paper in the intended end position while you try to find the end of the sticky tape chomping at it with your teeth only to find that one end has stuck to the other and you have to start all over again, or worse still you end up sticking the tape to the wrong part of the wrapping paper ruining the entire process.
I have in the past used a weighted tape dispenser that allows me to use both my hands when wrapping but even that has it's challenges, like when the little teeth that cut the tape stop working because they are too blunt to be effective anymore, or you end up with more tape that you needed for the part of the present you need to tape up.
***Such a simple idea***
Enter the new handband dispenser from Scotch which is quite simply a refillable one handed tape dispenser. I discovered this when I was shopping in Tesco who are currently promoting this product as part of a buy 2 for £3 offer, and I simply couldn't resist. My initial thoughts were what a clever idea - a tape dispenser that allows your hands the freedom required to neatly and efficiently wrap your presents but as with every product, while good in theory is it really that good in practice and that's what I set about finding out.
***Scotch pop up tape handband dispenser***
It really is as simple as it sounds. Scotch tape have come up with a great new idea that allows you to keep your tape exactly where you need it - on the back of your hand - leaving both hands free to get on with the wrapping. With pre cut strips of tape you no longer need to have pre-prepared strips lined up along the table, and you no longer have to worry about using your teeth for scissors. The dispenser itself is a simple plastic design with a door on one side that slides open to allow you to insert the tape pad that fits neatly inside the dispenser. On the underside of the plastic dispenser is an elasticated handband which stretches to fit neatly over the back of your hand, or wherever you find it most comfortable, perhaps your wrist?
The pre-cut strips of tape measure 2 inches by 0.75 inches and in my opinion are the perfect size for all kinds of presents. Each tape pad contains 75 strips so if my calculations are correct using the average of 3 strips of tape per present you can easily wrap 25 individual presents before having to re-fill. If you're like me you'll need a couple of tape pads to get you through your Christmas wrapping.
***My personal experience and recommendation***
Scotch tape have described this product as attractive and sleek - I'm sorry I have to disagree, it is neither attractive nor is it sleek, it is a good sized dispenser which is slightly longer in length than the width of my hand but does it really need to be attractive and sleek for the purposes of dispensing tape - absolutely not!!. The product has also been described as comfortable....now it does slip onto the hand very easily and the elastic is very effective at keeping the dispenser in place, but on the underside holding the elastic on are raised plastic areas which personally i find a little uncomfortable and I have little hands so I can only imagine that it would be even more uncomfortable for someone with larger hands....if 3M had designed the product with a little foam backing or something of that nature over the raised plastic areas I think this product would be a lot more comfortable on the back of your hand.
In it's simplest form this is a tape dispenser and a very effective one. While it may not be comfortable on the back of your hand it certainly is convenient and a simple tug upwards of the tape releases the pre-cut strip pulling the beginning of the next one with it - kind of like a box of tissues I suppose. I can use both of my hands freely with this tape and find the product very easy to use and it comes highly recommended for those of you who are getting into the spirit of christmas and preparing yourselves for those nights of wrapping presents.
***Price and availability***
As stated earlier I purchased this product from Tesco as part of a 2 for £3 offer so effectively bought the product for £1.50 which I think is a great price. The product is available online from various retailers such as Amazon who are offering this product with 2 refill packs for £5.99 - but beware of the shipping costs. I'm sure this could easily be picked up in your local supermarket. A pack of refills will cost you a little over £3 which I think is a little expensive but then you are paying for convenience at the end of the day.
A great little product from 3M to help you out with christmas.
Summary: It;s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ;o)
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