Product Type: Scotch in Homeware
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Scotch Magic Tape
Member Name: koshkha
Scotch Magic Tape
Advantages: Breaks without scissors, peels off easily, can be written on
Disadvantages: It's relatively expensive
My childhood experience of sticky tape could be positioned as a sad tale of suffering and deprivation. I'm not suggesting it was like 'Angela's Ashes' where we picked up coal scraps and drank tea out of jam jars but it's fair to say that I didn't ever experience the joy of real full-price fancy branded sticky tape until long after I left home. I got through my pre-teen and teen years thinking that all sticky tape was a rather orangey colour and stolen from the Post Office (my grandmother was the village post lady) or was coiled in a strange off-centre angle because my mother always bought the cheap rejected rolls from the local market. I hadn't seen a proper straight, properly colourless sticky tape until I started work and became enchanted by sticky tape dispensers that actually cut your tape for you and ensured you never had to play 'spot the end'. In one company where I worked, it became a tradition to pass on your sticky tape dispenser to a colleague whenever anyone left to go to a new job. I think mine was fourth-hand and is still being used by the person I bequeathed it to.
I don't actually recall how I discovered Scotch Magic Tape and got hooked on this very superior brand of stickiness. I recall finding a small roll in my desk drawer at home and wondering at its extreme whiteness and its matt surfact and the way that it disappeared if I stuck it onto something and then photocopied it. The usual ghost lines were not there - this stuff really might be magic. And then, quite by chance and as a result of not having any scissors to hand, I found out the two most magical properties of magic tape - that you can peel it off things really easily, and that you can rip it with your fingers. Up to that time I'd always had to resort to using my teeth when trying to break tape without scissors and this is a really dumb thing to do. It never seems to break straight and half the time if bounces back and removes a chunk of skin off your lip and leaves you in agony.
When the original small roll which had magically appeared in my drawer was running down, I did what I'd never done before - I not only comparison shopped to get the best price, but I also ordered expensive tape over the internet, placing an order for one box containing two rolls of 12mm wide tape, each containing 66 m of tape on Amazon. The magic continued when the supplier sent me two boxes each containing two rolls instead of just two rolls - was there no end to the wonders of Magic Tape? At £4.99 for two rolls I'd felt I was spending a lot but at half that price, I'd clearly benefited from quite a bargain.
Magic tape is a wonderful product and I say that despite thinking it's very odd to get excited about such things. I keep my tape hidden in a drawer to discourage my husband from using it for less than magic purposes. Mostly I use it for sticking Royal Mail print at home posting labels onto posting bags when I swap books on the site www.readitswapit.com . I print the postage labels onto plain paper and then tape them onto the bags. The tape tears to length without scissors and I know that the recipient - if they can be bothered - can peel off the tape really easily and reuse my very nice mailing bags. I also know that if I make a mistake, I can remove the paper label and do it again.
I mentioned already that another amazing thing about Magic Tape is that it disappears when you photocopy or scan it and that despite its matt surface, it's transparent in use. It also doesn't discolour with time and go a nasty yellow colour or go brittle. And if that weren't enough, it's also fabulous for writing on with both biro or pencil so you can use it to effectively make your own fuss free sticky labels. Every time I use my magic tape I feel like I've come a long way from the rejected misshapen tape reels of my childhood. I'm not normally brand loyal but this stuff is worth paying extra and I'm a total convert to the power of Magic Tape. The only problem I've never really solved is the disappearing end - but maybe life needs some enduring small annoyances to give it colour and meaning.
Summary: I don't recall ever buying sticky tape before I found Magic Tape and now I won't buy any other
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