Product Type: Scotch in Homeware
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Scotch pop-up tape handband dispenser.
3M Scotch Pop-up Tape Dispenser
Member Name: elysia2003
3M Scotch Pop-up Tape Dispenser
Advantages: Makes present or parcel wrapping a breeze
Disadvantages: High cost of refills
I'm one of those annoying people who have already started not only my Christmas shopping, but also the wrapping too. I do it every year. I have so many birthdays during the run up to the festive period, and the January following, that I need to get organised and keep on top of things. Therefore, anything that helps me do this task quickly and with ease is more than welcome.
A couple of years ago, a new gadget came on the market, and I immediately bought one. It was called a Pop-Up Tape Handband Dispenser manufactured by the companies, 3M and Scotch. Both of these companies manufacture goods of the highest quality, in my opinion, and this fusion brings the best of best to fruition.
This handy gadget is a plastic ergonomically shaped dispenser in which to place pre-cut tabs of sticky tape. As you pull one strip out, another takes its place, this means you don't have to awkwardly juggle scissors and tape, or get the tape caught on your lips as you try and bite it with your teeth.
It was when I was getting ready for this year's mammoth wrapping session that I couldn't find my trusty dispenser, and had to resort to getting my daughter to pass me cut lengths of tape by hand. It wasn't a very good idea to tell the truth, because even though she's not a child anymore, there was she peeping at all the gifts to see what she'd got. She was also getting bored and wasn't keeping with the speed I was wrapping, she was forever losing the end of the tape, and we were both getting fractious, at this point we gave up, and I told her I'd do it myself.
The first thing I did when contemplating more wrapping was immediately rush to WHSmith to purchase a replacement. At the moment they are one third off and will cost only £1.99 instead of £2.99; Bargain! I immediately noticed that the design (from the photo above) has now changed. It seems a little larger, yet the tabs of tape that are inserted are the same size. There are now no little viewing holes to see when the tape is getting low, which is a bit of a hindrance. On the positive side though, the elastic through which you slip your hand, is thicker and more substantial to my previous model; so some changes have been for the better, but some for the worse.
Despite the dispensers faults (sometimes pulling up one tape would bring two or three), and the lack of viewing window so you have to guesstimate how soon you are going to run out; I still firmly believe that this nifty little item is worth its weight in gold; especially at this time of year, when you are expecting to do some heavy duty wrapping stints. Having a browse around the store yesterday, I noticed that they now also do desk versions. How useful are they going to be? I'm going to get one of those next.
Despite the faults listed previously, the major downfall to this dispenser is the high cost of the replacement tape strips, once the one included in the pack has run out. A pack of three refills, each containing 75 strips of tape, have a cost of £3.29 at WHS which is rather a lot more expensive than the 50pence rolls of sticky tape you can buy elsewhere. Looking online, I have found that Amazon are selling the initial starter kit (with the handband and one refill) plus two packets of refills, for only £7.47 delivered. This is a brilliant buy in my honest opinion. Not only will that many refills last a very long time, but what price can you put on your sanity?
This little gadget takes away all the hassle, however small it may be, and makes parcel wrapping, Christmas or otherwise an absolute breeze.
I most highly recommend it - Buy one, (or two, just in case).....
Summary: Makes present wrapping a breeze...