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At over £50 per litre, I'd rather leave any mistake uncorrected!
Tipp-Ex Rapid Fluid
Member Name: Bellroyd
Tipp-Ex Rapid Fluid
Advantages: It is effective at masking typed/written errors
Disadvantages: It isn't suitable to use on a final original document
Third and last of today's reviews on stationery products and hard on the heels of reviews for the eminently nickable highlighters and post-it notes from company stationery cupboards across the land comes the little container of Tippex Fluid that it is still used by many. I confess to also having it in my desk drawer. However, I must stress that it was given to me by one of my sons when he himself liberated a couple of bottles from an office building which he had been asked to clear out. He did manage to satisfy me that it wasn't stealing because the office had been abandoned and the occupiers had gone AWOL.
I remember once making a mistake in early 1992 and at that stage, I probably did use Tippex to correct it. In those days, it was applied with a little brush and it would easily get clogged up and useless, smearing a lumpy gritty mess over your paper, necessitating the additional purchase of Tippex thinners to seek to render the Tippex usable again.
Of course, Tippex although a brand and company name in its own right has become the name by which all correction fluids are often known. i.e. "to Tippex" as in "to Hoover". I always think a brand has done well when it achieves this status, so fair play to them. Other correction fluids are available!
Thesedays, the need for Tippex (or indeed any correction fluid) should be a reducing one. Most people will make use of their spell check function on their PC or laptop and with more and more electronic documents exchanged, it isn't that often that documents actually get printed.
I suppose there are occasions when it comes in handy, but I would never use Tippex on a document that is going to a client - perhaps on a fax or on a document which I can then photocopy and scan. If I use it at all thesedays, it will tend to be on handwritten documents such as an envelope, if I have incorrectly addressed it, for example. This saves me throwing away an envelope so it's worth doing it. To correct the odd letter is acceptable, I think, but not whole words or lines.
The biggest single improvement when compared with the old Tippex is the applicator, which is now a little foam pad. Using this makes the correction much neater and also reduces the drying time as it is easy to get just the right amount. It also stays thinner and doesn't cloy up like its predecessor. On the downside, you now only get 20ml in the little white plastic container whereas you used to get 30ml. See final gripe below.......!
I will never buy any of this for myself, not because I don't make mistakes, but when I do, I will not pay in excess of £50 per litre on a product that will correct it. At 20ml, 50 of these are needed to make a litre of product and the very cheapest price I have seen them at is over a pound. You don't need to be a genius to work that one out.
By the way, if you routinely administer eye-drops as I do, make sure you keep your Tippex in a separate place or you could inadvertently erase an eye. The containers are remarkably similar in size and shape!
Summary: It does the job but it's not for me
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