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Bostik Blu Tack
Member Name: Thebaker50
Bostik Blu Tack
Advantages: cheap, good, safe, clean
Disadvantages: cant think of any
Blue tac is this weird stuff. The simplest way I can explain it, is that it is this weird putty style substance, that can be used to stick stuff together, yet isn't that inherently sticky. Its kind of like plasticine, but doesn't dry out (or dry out as much, I think it does dry out if you leave it for a very long time).
Anyway, this stuff is very useful for sticking things up, but where you want the sticking to be reversible. So say if you are putting up posters, this stuff is actually one of the best things so use (sellotape can damage paint on walls, and pins are only useful if you have a specific pin board). Bluetac excels here as it is re-usable, and doesn't really cause any problems to the paint on the walls.
Bluetac can also be used as a great stress relief style ball. Just grab loads of the stuff, and roll it into a massive ball. If you have a desk at work, you can have it there, and just tear some off when you need it. You can add bluetac to blue tac, and split it up, it doesn't come in set sizes. It also makes for a great "game", like making a bluetac mini football, and playing desk football with a mate, or rolling them into little artistic shapes, or even attempting to make your own wallance and gromit style video production (check youtube out for some of these).
When you buy the stuff (you can get some for as little as £1!) it comes in a sheet, and you simply break off as you please.
Disadvantages of this are hard to find to be honest. Yes its a weak sticking ability, but then it is supposed to be. Its not too expensive, and I can't think of much that could be done to improve it. I guess I have to give this 5/5 stars, simply because it does everything it is supposed to, and better than competitors, and at a reasonable price too. I mean, as far as I am aware you cannot have a blue tac allergy, it is non-toxic, and pretty safe (I wouldn't go eating the stuff, but I have stepped on those drawing pins and so on, and let me tell you, you don't get that with bluetac!). Its also easy to clean!
Summary: pretty much best at doing this sort of stuff