Product Type: Scotch in Homeware
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The little gadget that will change your life!
3M Scotch Pop-up Tape Dispenser
Member Name: pumfster
3M Scotch Pop-up Tape Dispenser
Advantages: Revolutionise the wrapping of presents (I kid you not)
Disadvantages: Elastic occasionally falls out.
Well one of my least favourite tasks in the whole world is wrapping presents, be they birthday gifts, or the thousands that seem to need doing at Christmas time. I inevitably leave the task until the last possible minute, (I am a male after all!) and then just get really annoyed as pieces of selotape start sticking to my hand, to the table, to themselves and any other darn thing except the place in which I want them to. Just when you think it can't get much worse, you lose the end of the tape and end up scratching away for ages to retrieve it. However a chance discovery in a high street stationary shop just over a year ago was about to change my life - I just didn't know it yet! That item was the Pop-up Tape Dispenser from Scotch.
No we all know Scotch as the producer of various adhesive tape products, and many a good minute has been spent cursing the day I ever bought one of them. However when I saw this product on the shelf I must say that I was intrigued, after all I love a good gimmicky gadget and that is what I thought this was. My wife was also interested, and we decided to purchase it for around £3, which we thought wouldn't be a big loss if it turned out to be rubbish. It came filled with 75 tape strips, but extra refills can also be bought from most high street stationary shops and also from most supermarkets now too, and these cost about the same £3ish for 3 packets of 75 strips. It's a little steep in price for the refills but at the end of the day you are paying for the simplicity and convenience. It is also available in several different colours, including pink, blue and black.
So how does this little device work then I hear you ask. Well simply put it is designed as a little bracelet type thing. The main body of it is of rigid plastic and is approximately 2cm wide and about the width of your hand long. The top slides off for you to place the packet of tape strips into, and a 1cm wide piece of elastic is attached to the underside of it, which does have a fair bit of give in it. To don the apparatus you simply place the elastic strap around your wrist and hey presto you are ready to wrap. I should point out that I've found that the elastic does work itself loose from time to time resulting in the thing falling off your wrist, however it doesn't happen often, its simple to reattach the elastic, and it's a far easier problem to overcome compared to the alternative of sticky tape all over the place or the dreaded lost end! Now to wrap presents you have both hands free to wrap it properly, and then you simply hold the paper in one hand, collect one of the sticky strips with the other and place it onto your paper providing a simple way to stick the wrapping paper together.
I personally cannot speak highly enough of this little device, and I have now found after using it for two Christmases that it has cut the time taken for me to wrap presents by at least three quarters. There are no more audible obscenities heard echoing around the house, no more ducking for cover as the selotape roll is launched across the room and no more picking tape off my teeth for the next few hours. Forgetting the nightmare of using selotape for a minute, just the sheer ease of wrapping presents having two hands free also makes a big difference, and neither my wife nor I can believe just how impressed we have become with our silly little gimmicky impulse buy!
So to sum up this little hands free tape dispenser, I would say that it has revolutionised present wrapping in my household. It is very comfortable to wear, you know you have it on, but its got no real protruding edges, just a couple of ridges on the back where the elastic attaches, and it isn't heavy at all. Each packet of strips contains approximately 75 pieces, and depending on how economical you are with tape when wrapping presents will ultimately determine how much this product will cost you in the long run. I've found that as I now have both of my hands free to wrap that I am ultra neat and only use 3 or 4 pieces per present, so each packet lasts around 20 or so presents, which for us is really good value. I wouldn't now dream of attempting to tackle a wrapping task without first arming myself with the Scotch Pop-up Tape Dispenser and would recommend it to everyone out there.
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Summary: A superbly designed little gadget that will transform the way in which you wrap presents.
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