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I recently purchased a Brother P-Touch 1000 label machine from Lidl for a measly £10 a super bargain. It came supplied with a tape instruction manual and batteries. Having browsed the net and local shops for replacement tapes I have discovered than the average price for said is around £9. It was almost cheaper to buy another machine with tape, in fact if you count the batteries that ain't such a bad idea.
I have used many such machines over the years including the ever popular Dymo which simply embossed a plastic strip....................such were those simpler far off days. As with all things technological they have come on leaps and bounds and the tapes used these days are far more advanced than you might think.
The TZ is a specially laminated tape which aids much in its claims that it will weather pretty much all conditions for a great number of years, since I have not had the machine that long I cannot vouch personally for the longevity claims, but on first appearances it certainly looks and feels as though the claims might well be justified.
It comes in various combinations of colours, by this I mean foreground and background colours. I am currently using the black on white version, which is probably the most popular, and it is housed in a cartridge which fits neatly into the printer with the tape facing the print heads.Once you have printed onto the selected tape it is clear to see the quality of print that it produces, I say it, it obviously has a bit of help from it's brother printing machine. The tapes are also available in varying widths from 6mm up to about 14mm but the usage depends on the model of printer used. It is a thermal transfer tape which simply means that the print is heated onto the tape by hot print heads located in the printer.........pretty clever really.
The tape has a convenient cut along the centre of its backing which makes it easy to remove unlike some tapes where if like me you have no nails it can be a nightmare. A simple slight fold against the cut will reveal a nice little edge to grab and pull.
The adhesive used in the manufacture of the tape is a contact adhesive which means that once pressure has been sufficiently applied the adhesive will start to take effect. After a short period the adhesion will have reached its max. It will still be possible to remove but a little effort might be required.
Overall the tape is very effective and excellent at what it does, but I can't quite get over the cost which I think is way over the top, especially when you can get the printer for a similar price. I suppose this is just a little quirk of the print industry in general since cartridges for you PC printer are not cheap either. Anyway at the end of the day it costs what it costs and if you need it that's what you gotta pay.