Frustrating tape that sticks to itself and not much else!
Jan 28, 2010
Pros: Fairly inexpensive, clear to secure labels, Ok for small jobs
Cons: Not sticky enough, rips, shreds, sticks to itself, tends to rip on the roll
The Bottom Line: Staples Clear View Packaging Tape is not my choice to pack anything. It's very thin, not sticky enough, and flimsy. It shreds on the roll and isn't reliable. Hate it.
I have mentioned in previous reviews that I am stocking up on office supplies and overhauling my rented office. I bought a bunch of tape for various reasons. One type I bought was a six roll pack of Staples Clear View Packaging Tape, Clear, 3' x 54.7 yds.
I use thicker width tape to send out packages and to secure larger boxes and parcels and this tape was a good price. But I hate it!
About the Tape
* Best choice for long-term storage in varying temperatures. * 24-1/4 lb. per inch tensile strength * 2.6-mil thickness * Superior clear tape is ideal for label protection, and light-duty mailing * Long aging, nonyellowing * Specially formulated for wide range temperature range application (-10° to 150° F)
This tape comes six rolls to a pack but can be purchased in single rolls as well. I bought a "gun" to put the roll on and easily apply and cut the tape which is absolutely necessary because this tape is so thin that it twists and turns and just sticks to itself otherwise.
The 3" width is good for securing boxes and parcels as well as adding a layer of strength to the bottom of boxes. In theory anyway.
I used Staples Clear View Packaging Tape to secure some boxes that I was mailing out. It seemed to sit on top of the crease rather than to adhere the two wings together so that the boxes didn't bulge or open. I used a LOT of the tape to be sure it would stay on and reach its destinations without popping or peeling but I was leery.
The tape is so ultra thin that it splits and tears easily. It's also tough to find the end if it isn't threaded through the gun I bought. I couldn't use a roll alone without extreme frustration. The tape shreds and rips and I end up pulling a long slim piece off, leaving the rest on the roll.
Once the tape is on the box or parcel, it doesn't feel secure. I have seen it peel and it doesn't lie flat unless the surface is 100% flat. I can push it and rub it down but it seems to pop back up.
This tape is OK for securing padded envelopes and smaller parcels but I would not trust it with heavier boxes whether mailing them or moving them. It certainly is not a strong tape and, if I turned a box upside down that had been secured with this tape, it would give way and the contents would tumble out. That doesn't make me feel confident that the tape will hold a box securely together through all of the stops it makes on its way to a destination across the country.
I became so frustrated with Staples Clear View Packaging Tape, Clear, 3' x 54.7 ydsthat I tossed it aside and still have four full rolls left. I don't want them. They're essentially useless.
I use White Henkel Filament Tape for almost everything now. It is worlds better than the thin, cheap clear Staples tape I tried to use.
I don't often really think about tape. I just buy a roll to suit my needs, usually the cheapest stuff I can find. I am discovering that, when it's important that a parcel, box, or other item has to be secured well, there is a vast difference in the quality of tape. It's just not worth the frustration, annoyance, and worry to use Staples Clear View Packaging Tape even though it is cheaper than the Henkel brand at about $4.00 or even slightly less per roll.
Staples Clear View Packaging Tape can only be purchased at Staples stores or online on their website. It comes in a six roll package or a single roll. The six pack was around $24.00. I bought the tape gun separately and that fits all three inch wide tapes and makes life using wide tape so much easier.
I really don't like Staples Clear View Packaging Tape at all. It's too thin, doesn't stick well (except to itself), tends to rip and shred on the roll, and isn't secure. It seems very picky about what it sticks to. It's OK for padded envelopes as an extra layer of protection against opening but I don't trust it on boxes even if it just to secure them while moving them around. 1 lonely star. Pay a bit more and get good, strong tape. You'll save in the end by using less and not getting a migraine from trying to unstick the tape from itself.
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24-1/4 lb. per inch tensile strength 2.6-mil thickness Superior clear tape is ideal for label protection, and light-duty mailing Long aging, nonyellowing Specially formulated for wide range temperature range application (-10Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âº to 150Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âº F) Best choice for long-term storage in varying temperatures.