Product Type: Tesco in Homeware
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It isn't a birthday without poppers!
Tesco Party Poppers
Member Name: broxi3781
Tesco Party Poppers
Advantages: Good price, no duds, easy to pull string.
Disadvantages: I'd like a bit more bang, but understand the reason these are mild.
My sons love party poppers. They make a loud noise, a big mess and leave the room with teh delightful aroma of gun powder. What more could a boy want? I'm sure everyone has seen party poppers before, but on the off chance you haven't, I'll give a brief description. Party poppers are basically little plastic bottle shaped party toys. They have a very tiny a very tiny drop of gunpowder that is ignited through friction creating the smoky smell similar to fireworks and a fairly loud pop. The charge blows out small coils of a non flammable tissue paper which usually come uncoiled into streamers, although you may occasionally find some still in the coiled up wheel shape. The noise is not loud enough to be painful, but dogs have far more sensitive hearing than we do and I feel using these near pets is unkind.
As my oldest has recently had his 8th Birthday, party poppers were an absolute must have. My husband wanted to buy them from the pound shop, but I find it difficult to pull the strings on the £1 ones and so do my sons - especially the youngest. Additionally we always end up with several duds - or ones in which the string pulls off with detonating the charge. At a price of £1 for a small bag - with I believe 15 poppers They really are not such a bargain. We did get one from the pound shop with a good bang and a visible flash, but while the kids thought it was grand, it really is not unless you are expecting it. Had I known it would be that good. I'd have had adults detonating it pointed well away from people. But far more often we had tiny pops not even enough to uncoil the paper.
By contrast, the Tesco poppers cost £2.70 for a bag of 50, which actually works out less per popper, and every one worked. If you prefer a smaller bag though, they do sell 20 for £1 - once again better than the pound shop. We found the strings much easier to pull, and the bangs uniform, if not spectacular. I am quite sure party poppers were better when I was child - but I imagine they have more health and safety concerns now. In my day if you got hurt your parents said you should have been more careful - now they call a solicitor.
These do not have exceptionally large blasts, nor do the strings fly any great distance, but they are great fun. Obviously, they do require parental supervision, and should never be fired at another person's face but they can be fired from a reasonable distance to blast a bit of coiled up tissue paper over people, furniture and toys. The tissue paper is quite thin and tears into shreds when the hoover goes over it making it fairly easy to clean up, My son's run about and scoop up all the papers and throw them over people after all the pops are done. They love the smell of these as well, and I have to admit I do too, but of course the best part is the noise. Not that my boys can't make enough noise on their own, but anything to add to it is always welcome. they also do love the smell and will hold up the empty bottles to smell the gunpowder scent.
I have used this product several times in the past and will continue to do so. I've never had any problems whatsoever, and I can get them delivered with my messages as well. While I do think the poppers from my childhood packed a bit more punch, I'll admit these probably are safer, and I believe these are as good as anything currently on the market. I do believe the old ones were made without the non flammable paper as well, and I'll admit I do prefer this innovation as I really do not want anything igniting my living room rug - so not all improvements are bad.
I can't say that I would buy these if I didn't have children, but as long as my boys enjoy them, I'll keep buying them, and Tesco Party Poppers will always be my first choice.
Summary: A good product at a good price.
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