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I've been using Scotch Magic Tape at work and home for several years. I can't remember who introduced me to it, or why, but it was at my first job in London, and I've been using it ever since.
Scotch Magic Tape differs from standard sticky tape in appearance. It is opaque, rather than transparent, and matte rather than shiny. I buy 19mm wide tape, but it comes in a narrower size too, and I think possibly in a wider size. The rolls I buy are smaller than the average roll of Sellotape, and fit nicely into the small Scotch dispenser that I have on my desk at work. I buy my Scotch Magic Tape in bulk at corporate rates from our stationery supplier which works out really cheap, but you can buy a roll of tape in a little dispenser for just £1.99 from Rymans.
The tape is very easy to tear, with or without a dispenser. You don't even need scissors to cut it, although that gives a neater edge, so I do use scissors when the tape is for wrapping a present. I've always had a very bad habit of biting tape to tear it, but I don't need to do that with the Magic Tape, as I can tear it with my hands quite easily. On the dispenser, it is really easy to tear off, and never gets tangled, which speeds thing up.
Magic Tape is not the stickiest tape in the world, and is best used on paper. It is little use for taping boxes shut, unless you only want to hold the lid down; I'd never use it on a box I intended to ship by mail or courier. It is fine for wrapping presents, unless they are a particularly awkward shape, as then the tape tends to pull off easily and leave the parcel half open.
On paper, however, it is more than adequately sticky. My main use of Magic Tape at work is in sticking expense receipts onto sheets for submission, and it does an excellent job of this. There have been times when I've stuck down a receipt which I've later realised shouldn't be included, and had to cut it out of the sheet as peeling the tape off results in the receipt getting torn. The lack of stickiness on anything other than paper is a bonus when you need to tape something temporarily to the wall - when you peel it off, the tape never damages the wall or leaves a sticky mark.
A benefit of the matte finish to the tape is that you can write on it. I've used Magic Tape for makeshift labels, it is easy to write on with biro. You do have to be careful to let the ink dry though, as it can smudge very easily.
Although the tape is opaque, it is almost invisible when stuck to most surfaces. When my receipts are stuck down with it, the tape vanishes. Anything underneath is completely clear to read. I haven't read up on it, but I suspect this is "Magic" of the name. The tape is also completely invisible when scanned, ideal for my expense reports.
There is one problem I have with Magic Tape, and it's a rather finicky one, and one which is unlikely to bother the vast majority of people. As I mentioned before, my main use of the tape is sticking down expense receipts. The expenses section of our accounts payable department is horribly picky about how receipts are submitted - there are some strict guidelines, including that the "leading edge" (i.e. the edge which goes into the scanner) must be taped down, regardless of whether you've used Pritt Stick on the back of the receipt. However, when a standard till receipt, on that slightly shiny paper that receipts are printed on, is stuck down with Magic Tape, any print which is under the tape disappears over time. I don't know why, and it doesn't happen immediately, but if you're not careful to stick the tape right on the edge of the receipt, away from the print, some of it will disappear - a touch inconvenient given that receipt totals tend to be on the right hand edge of the receit, exactly the edge which my expenses department insists I must stick down. I've got a feeling the same happens with regular tape, so there's no benefit in switching to that - and besides, I like Magic Tape.
Despite this irritation with the receipt ink, I really like Scotch Magic Tape. I like the matte feel of it, the easy tearing, and the fact that it is largely invisible once used. Definitely recommended
Well having just written a review for my lovey Scotch tape shoe holder, I thought I would write a review for the tape that goes in it.
Scotch Magic tape - well as the name suggests this is not just any tape, it is magic, and it doesn't just have one trick up it's sleeve, oooh noooo this is the Houdini of the sticky tape world, actually it is a bit more trendy than Houdini, maybe more like the Dynamo of tapes.
First of all it is invisible, not totally of course otherwise you really would have trouble finding the end. But it is almost totally invisible, which not only is great for wrapping gifts as it makes them look so much nicer but it is perfect for homework and crafts and best of all for fixing things like ripped pages, letters and money, my old purse had a dodgy zip and it kept getting the notes stuck in it so when I opened it the money would rip, but this tape fixed it really well.
Its next trick is that you can write on it, even using a normal biro. I use it instead of freezer labels, I am always making up meals in little tubs to take to work but sometimes the freezer labels are hard to peel off once they have been frozen and got wet with the ice. This solves that problem as it peels straight off, you also only need to use a small piece.
This feature is also good for when you fix a page and need to carry on writing, my little boy can be a bit heavy handed with his homework books so this comes in very handy.
It also is great at not leaving marks where it has been, my daughter is a Justin Bieber fanatic and has so many posters which she has all over her walls but each time she gets a new one she has to rearrange them all, so this is perfect it not only doesn't mark the walls but it also doesn't damage the posters.
The final trick which I am aware of is that it doesn't yellow, so this would be perfect for pictures and crafts. I have only been using magic tape for about a year and where I have used it hasn't yellowed but I think even a normal tape would take longer than that.
Now the only problem with this tape is it's price tag, a small roll which is about 30 metres long costs £2.50 in my local little stationers, I have seen it in Tesco for £2.25 but I would rather pay the extra 25p and spend my money locally. I haven't seen it cheaper than £2.25 though, which is in my opinion quite expensive as you an get about six small rolls of 'normal' tape for a pound in the pound shop/ However I continue to buy Scotch magic tape, mainly because it is the only tape that fits in my dispenser but also it is so good I really wouldn't want to go back to the old tape I used to use. I suppose you get what you pay for.
I have a tape dispenser on my desk in work with some Scotch magic tape at my disposal. I'm not sure why I'm one of the few people in the office who has been blessed with one of these, but I have to say it does come in handy. I use it for the obvious tasks such as ensuring envelopes containing cheques or personal information are stuck down properly, and I also use it for some more Blue Peter style tasks - more on that later.
The thing I like about Scotch tape, is that although it is sticky enough to hold things together, it is a lot easier to use and creates less mess than normal sellotape. It doesn't seem to stick to things accidentally or twist around on itself, meaning you don't end up wasting any or getting it stuck in the wrong place. It is also reasonably easy to remove without ripping the surface, although some people might see this as a disadvantage. It becomes almost invisible to the eye once stuck, although I would describe it as "less noticeable" rather than invisible.
I find this tape really useful for my Blue Peter moments in our finance department. If I'm photocopying something and want to "hide" something confidential which I don't want to appear on the photocopied version (e.g. bank details, salary), I can cover the bit in question with a bit of paper secured with this magic tape, and carefully peel it off afterwards without causing any damage. Oh yes, we have so much fun, the time really flies in our finance department....
The tape looks dull compared to the usual shiny sellotape I use at home for wrapping presents and so on. It looks more professional in an office, and never crinkles when you're using it. This is useful when sealing envelopes as I find sellotape usually crinkles and looks a bit unprofessional. It also means if you have an accidental rip in paper, you can fix it with this tape and you can still write over it due to the matte finish. I can't comment on how easy it is to locate the end of the tape, because mine is on a dispenser, so it's very convenient to tear a bit off without scratching round trying to locate the end.
I'm not sure what sizes are available, as I have the smallest size you can imagine to fit with my dispenser. This seems to last a while before it needs replacing, despite lots of other people in the office using it when they need to. I think it's much more professional for office use than the usual shiny sellotape, and as I can't think of anything bad to say about it, I'm giving it five stars. Available from various suppliers including stationers, supermarkets and online retailers, costing about £2 per roll.
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Scotch Magic tape claims to be invisible. It does come very close, but if you look closely you can still see it. But the claim I have always associated with Scotch Magic invisible tape is the magic part and as far as I am concerned - this product really does live up to his name.
I can still very clearly remember the first time I saw Scotch Magic tape. I had just turned 5 and was over the moon to have just been given my very own library card. I was always very careful with books, but I had this wonderful story about a donkey and as I was reading it, I must have been too hasty turning the pages and heard the horrible sound of the page ripping. It sounded like a firework going off and I think I went ghost white with shock. It wasn't a huge tear, but I was certain my library card would be revoked and I would lose the pleasure of our twice monthly visit to what was to me, a treasure trove. I was too upset to speak or cry, but my mother was very good about it saying we would explain it was an accident and ask the library to accept weekly payments until we could repay the damage. So on our next library visit - I approached the librarian once again losing the power of speech. I held out the damaged book and emptied my piggy bank on the desk as my Mother explained it had been accident and we mightn't have enough to pay for it all at once, but would pay something each week until it was cleared.
The librarian smiled and said not to worry - she knew magic. She pulled out a roll of this tape and carefully smoothed a piece over the tear - holding it up and saying it was as good as new. In truth you could very faintly see a slight outline of the tape - but you had to look for it. She handed back my change and said everyone had accidents and she was very happy I had owned up to it - as that meant the book could be fixed without the page tearing all the way off and being lost. I left with a sense of awe for our Magic Librarian - whose kindness still classifies her as magic in my book, as well as the idea that this was the best tape ever.
Many years have passed, and I'm afraid for most jobs I use 2 for £1 rolls of cello tape from the pound shop. My husband was a bit shocked at the price of this small role, although at £2.37 from Tesco - I actually feel it was quite a bargain and I feel I must point out that because it is quite thin, you actually get quite a lot of tape on a small roll. (I've thrown away the paper part so had to look this up and it appears to have 18 yards). Unlike most reviewers - I'm to cheap to use this for wrapping gifts. My sons could really care less if the cello tape shows before they rip the paper from their packages. I have to admit, it would have made the task a lot faster and as I tried to pry the end of the tape from the role for the 100th time I did consider giving and using this. My package came in a handy little plastic dispenser, but even if the end should get lost, it is ever so much easier to start the roll again with this tape. It always starts again smoothly, you never get those skinny strips of tape left on the roll as the piece you are trying to use disintegrates into a triangular shred which leaves you winding up heaps of wasted tape which appear around the house for days after Christmas. I think I'd have saved an hour using this tape, and in all fairness £2.37 isn't really bad to save an hours frustration, and it would look nice on packages.
I bought this tape for one reason and one reason only - to repair books. I had recently bought my son another used book, and this one came with a small tear. I had never used up my previous roll which I had bought about 6 years ago - but my husband had borrowed it once, left it on the ground and stomped on it and tossed the whole thing away.I keep my scotch magic in a drawer, and even after years, it will still work just as well as a new roll.
I buy quite a number of books used - and until recently I used to buy from Awesome Books - who sell books very cheaply, but a large number of them will need repairs. In addition to this, although my sons are very careful with books, they have over the years had a couple of small accidents, and I've also had a few paperback books read over and over, carried about and dropped a few times until the corners have weakened and started to separate into the separate thin sheet which the binding was made from. I've even picked up a couple of paperbacks, which were so old and battered the only way to save them was to cover the entire cover in one strip after another of tape - giving them almost a laminated effect. These are almost always very old books - often exceeding 30 years - all of these are out of print or it wouldn't be worth the effort. Of course I have totally destroyed any value as collectibles, but I don't buy the books as an investment - I buy them to read - and the state of these books means they are not really valued by collectors anyway so I can pick them up for very little.
The wonderful thing about using Scotch Magic is does not stand out on a page like the glare of ordinary cello tape. It is slightly visible, but only just. As the years go by, it does not yellow or become more visible in anyway - it remains very close to invisible. I can't recommend this tape highly enough for basic book repairs and tears - but it has one area where it really earns its title of magic. I'm sure everyone has seen a cheap child's paperback book with the pages falling out. An expensive hard backed volume can be sent to a specialist for rebinding but this is very expensive and I don't think it would even be possible for a tattered paperback. The problem with taping a page back in when the binding has given way though is the thickness of the tape interferes with the way the pages lay. This tape is so thin that if you line it up just right, you can carefully replace the pages and the book will still open and close properly. While this may sound like an awful lot of trouble - many of these stories are simply not available any more and if the rare copy in really good condition does show up you can expect to pay over £100 for some them as compared to £2 - £2.50 for an old battered copy. The vast majority of our books are in excellent condition, but the few held together with as much tape as paper are books that are really worth having. For the most part though - book repair involves a single tear - and with something like this, Scotch Magic really does leave it as good as new if the books only purpose is to be read to a child.
A final book mending trick with this tape is the removal of grubby finger prints - also a hazard of buying used books especially boot sale or charity shop books. Some marks are best removed with a rubber, but fingerprints and food type smudges can usually be lifted by placing a piece of tape over the stain and carefully peeling the tape back up. Most often the dirt stick to the tape, but sometimes it takes a few goes to get it all. I would not use ordinary tape for this because it might leave a sticky residue which would only attract more dirt.
This tape is also sold on Amazon under the photography. I did end up with some old family photos a few years ago which had been taped into a scrapbook. The ones with cello tape were clearly marked - but the ones with ths tape could just be lifted right off for placement in new album. I'm sure there are dozens of other uses I haven't thought of, and I do think this is a wonderful product.
This tape does have some drawbacks though. You do have to apply it slowly and carefully, avoiding air bubbles for something like book repair. You can lift and start over if you have to, but it does take carefully application, especially with damaged bindings. In addition to this, this tape can be torn by hand. This might be a good thing when wrapping gifts, but I really would not feel comfortable using this tape to secure parcels for postage. In addition to this, the tape is not as sticky as ordinary Cello tape. Again this can be good. If you make a mistake fixing a book, you can peel it back up. You can use this any place you might want to remove the tape later as it will not leave sticky marks - I have taped the odd picture to a wall with this, and assuming it stays up it can easily be pulled off without damaging paint or leaving marks - but it will not hold a heavy poster and even with light pictures, it will only work on a completely smooth surface. If you have a textured wall - it just falls right off.
It is perfect for the purpose for which I have purchased this, but I feel it is best suited for lighter applications, where strength is not required, and cosmetics are a factor. I would also strongly advise against using this on cd's or dvd's. Because you can write on it - I got the bright idea once to use it to label cd's. Whether loosened up by the heat or spinning, I don't know, but I did notice it starting to lift and removed all my labels before any were eaten by a dvd player. I don't fancy the idea of bits anything flaoting around in dvd players. It has never peeled up in a book, even with the book being read frequently over a number of years.
I have finally finished all my Christmas wrapping and I would not have been able to do it without the help of Scotch magic tape.
The tape comes in a handy plastic dispenser which is so easy to use. What I love about it is that you don't need scissors when you use this tape which is brilliant as there is no messing around cutting it as then usually straight after you do this the tape will fold over on itself so you can't use it. This dispenser is round as obviously the roll of tape is inside it and then there is a little bit that juts out with a strip of plastic teeth that you cut the tape with. I always find you need about three sets of hands when you use scissors and tape so to be able to do it without is brilliant, it saves so much time. I've actually found a handy way of doing it, if you put the tape dispenser between your legs you then have two hands free, one to hold the paper together over the present and the other to pull the tape from the roll and voila, no mess and no fuss.
I find that the tape is really sticky and sticks to all types of paper well. It is a type of tape that does not turn yellow. Obviously for wrapping presents this is not an issue and this tape will be in the bin the afternoon of the 25th but if you use this tape to hang up children;s pictures or things like that, that you are going to display for a long while its good to know that the tape will not look funny after a while.
The tape is matte on the top, not shiny like other selotapes are although it is fairly clear when you add it to wrapping paper. This matte look allows you to write on the tape which I do find handy when I run out of gift labels, I can just write who this present is for on the tape, tacky I know but it works! I have found that you are better to use a biro rather than a ink pen as the ink pen doesn't work too well on the tape.
The tape is standard size width so you can tape together two ends of paper well and they will hold. The roll in the dispenser is quite long too and I almost finished all of my presents with one role. The tape pulls through the plastic dispenser well and never jams which I like although even if you do get in a bit of a mess with this tape and pull too much off it will just stick onto the plastic roller and its easy to tear it off from here and you can still use it on your package.
A good tape which is very handy at this time of year.
My childhood experience of sticky tape could be positioned as a sad tale of suffering and deprivation. I'm not suggesting it was like 'Angela's Ashes' where we picked up coal scraps and drank tea out of jam jars but it's fair to say that I didn't ever experience the joy of real full-price fancy branded sticky tape until long after I left home. I got through my pre-teen and teen years thinking that all sticky tape was a rather orangey colour and stolen from the Post Office (my grandmother was the village post lady) or was coiled in a strange off-centre angle because my mother always bought the cheap rejected rolls from the local market. I hadn't seen a proper straight, properly colourless sticky tape until I started work and became enchanted by sticky tape dispensers that actually cut your tape for you and ensured you never had to play 'spot the end'. In one company where I worked, it became a tradition to pass on your sticky tape dispenser to a colleague whenever anyone left to go to a new job. I think mine was fourth-hand and is still being used by the person I bequeathed it to.
I don't actually recall how I discovered Scotch Magic Tape and got hooked on this very superior brand of stickiness. I recall finding a small roll in my desk drawer at home and wondering at its extreme whiteness and its matt surfact and the way that it disappeared if I stuck it onto something and then photocopied it. The usual ghost lines were not there - this stuff really might be magic. And then, quite by chance and as a result of not having any scissors to hand, I found out the two most magical properties of magic tape - that you can peel it off things really easily, and that you can rip it with your fingers. Up to that time I'd always had to resort to using my teeth when trying to break tape without scissors and this is a really dumb thing to do. It never seems to break straight and half the time if bounces back and removes a chunk of skin off your lip and leaves you in agony.
When the original small roll which had magically appeared in my drawer was running down, I did what I'd never done before - I not only comparison shopped to get the best price, but I also ordered expensive tape over the internet, placing an order for one box containing two rolls of 12mm wide tape, each containing 66 m of tape on Amazon. The magic continued when the supplier sent me two boxes each containing two rolls instead of just two rolls - was there no end to the wonders of Magic Tape? At £4.99 for two rolls I'd felt I was spending a lot but at half that price, I'd clearly benefited from quite a bargain.
Magic tape is a wonderful product and I say that despite thinking it's very odd to get excited about such things. I keep my tape hidden in a drawer to discourage my husband from using it for less than magic purposes. Mostly I use it for sticking Royal Mail print at home posting labels onto posting bags when I swap books on the site www.readitswapit.com . I print the postage labels onto plain paper and then tape them onto the bags. The tape tears to length without scissors and I know that the recipient - if they can be bothered - can peel off the tape really easily and reuse my very nice mailing bags. I also know that if I make a mistake, I can remove the paper label and do it again.
I mentioned already that another amazing thing about Magic Tape is that it disappears when you photocopy or scan it and that despite its matt surface, it's transparent in use. It also doesn't discolour with time and go a nasty yellow colour or go brittle. And if that weren't enough, it's also fabulous for writing on with both biro or pencil so you can use it to effectively make your own fuss free sticky labels. Every time I use my magic tape I feel like I've come a long way from the rejected misshapen tape reels of my childhood. I'm not normally brand loyal but this stuff is worth paying extra and I'm a total convert to the power of Magic Tape. The only problem I've never really solved is the disappearing end - but maybe life needs some enduring small annoyances to give it colour and meaning.
I have always bought my sticky tape from cheap pound shops but just before Christmas last year I was looking to buy a tape dispenser to make wrapping presents easier. I looked on Amazon and bought one which came with 3 rolls of Scotch Magic Tape and I was amazed at the difference. Obviously cheap sticky tape isn't going to be the quality of expensive branded tape but I didn't realise how much difference there would actually be.
Scotch Magic Tape can be bought in many high street shops and I have picked mine up in Tesco when I'm doing my shopping. Here it costs £5.50 for a refill pack of 3 rolls, you can get this slightly cheaper online but for me its convenient to buy it from Tesco. The rolls are just attached to a simple piece of card which tells the customer that the tape is just under 2 cm's wide and 25 meters in length. It also says that the tape is invisible and can be written on.
As I mentioned up until last year I had only ever bought cheap sticky tape, 4 rolls for a pound usually and although this was alright I did find it very hit and miss as to what type of paper it would actually stick to. The nice thing about the Scotch Magic Tape is that it will stick to just about everything which is very handy when it comes to wrapping gifts which is something I am totally obsessive about, for me Christmas and birthday presents are all about the wrapping as much as the gift. I spend a small fortune on paper, ribbons and many other decorative bits and pieces so I was particularly pleased with this tape as not only does it stick really well but it has a matt finish rather than shiny which makes it virtually invisible, this also makes the tape ideal for mending paper tears and also it has been designed not to yellow with age which is something most other sticky tapes do. The tape can also be written on making it ideal if you are actually posting a parcel and as its nice and strong your parcel should be secure and not burst open.
Despite the price I would certainly recommend the Scotch Magic Tape, I have a dispenser that the roll sits in but if you don't have one of these the tape cuts nice and clean with scissors and its always easy to find the end, no more pulling off loads of in bits until you find the end of the tape. This would be ideal for the office or for school or college work, it gives a more professional clean finish than regular tape. It has so many uses and is a product that I will certainly continue to use.
@ About, Strength, Packaging and more @
The tape comes in a small box, which fits the tape nicely, and is priced at around £7 for three rolls. Alternatively if you don't already have a tape dispenser for the tape then you can get one with a roll already on to start use straight away. This is about £3 and comes in a clear plastic box with a cardboard backing. Well at least the cardboard is recyclable. The dispenser is solid plastic and has a somewhat sharp end where the tape can be ripped off. The tape roll itself is about 25m long, which is a lot considering the size of the roll.
The tape is not too thin and not too thick, you can see the tape when looking sideways at it but it is quite hard to see. When you try to stretch it with a little bit of effort it won't break and it does not stretch, if you keep stretching it though after a while the tape will simply break. Its tough but not that tough.
The tape is easy to cut with scissors or using the dispenser, and when you bite it with your teeth you will leave some teeth marks but you can still break the tape. The tape has a white tint to it and on the roll looks almost solid white and when applying it to paper with writing on you can still see the writing clearly. It's like a very thick tracing paper. The tape has a matt finish to it but is still smooth on the white side.
@ Using the Tape @
I used this tape to put up documents on some walls with simple matt paint on and after 1 week the documents were still up and the tape had not pulled away from the wall. The glue is quite string but don't pin up more than a few sheets on one small piece of tape. A few centimetres of tape is enough to hold the paper in place on a wall. Did I also mention you can write on this? The ink wont run either - whatever you write on the page can smudge right away but after a short while it dries on and stays there.
Getting tape of the wall without ripping the pain is quite an art but with the magic tape it isn't that hard to do. So long as you don't apply a lot of pressure onto the tape when applying it or when its on the wall, they should come off with ease. Ripping them off at speed can sometimes get one or two very small spots on loose paint but apart from that, these don't damage the paint as bad as some other sticky tapes do.
@ Overall @
These are a little more expensive than the regular sticky tape rolls you get from the pound shop but they don't damage your wall as much, they have an excellent glue to hold them in place, and you can even buy these with a dispenser. This is a great sticky tape, and because they are white you can clearly see where the tape has gone when you put things up. Everything you could ask for really.
When it comes to cellotape or any tape in fact I never seem to find the right one when I need it however I am very happy when I find my Scotch Magic Tape.
I first discovered this product when I worked in a mailing centre and I would see packages sealed and yet there was no evidence they had anything securing the letter or parcel and I became aware of this magic tape which is meant to be invisible.
I then went and brought some and since never looked back. I love creating my own cards for birthdays and Christmas because it is cheaper but a fun hobby to do and I use this tape to help me seal up some of the minor faults I have made or perhaps to make sure a card looks more professional.
The first thing to mention is the tape is not like normal cellotape. If I have a package and apply cellotape in the wrong destination then sadly it is stuck there and if you try to remove it you end up with a right mess left behind.
With this tape I am able to peel it back off with ease and reapply the product time and again to make sure it is sealed correctly and I find it works just as good as the first time when I do this.
The tape is not obvious because it doesn't seem to have a shine like most tapes it is very dull and a matt sort of finish which makes it hide better. When you apply this tape it is also in my view easy to take apart from the tube it is rolled in.
When I have normal cellotape it needs either your teeth or scissors and yet the magic tape is one you can easily I find make a decent cut across and it always looks neat and tidy afterwards. One of the other things I do is I tend to write in a nice pen across this tape and it never comes off either.
So if you are perhaps someone like me who makes cards and sometimes like to try their hand at drawing something across the page and the tape is covering an area you can draw across that as well so that is very good.
Overall the price is the stumbling block because I use so much in such a small amount of time and yet it is top quality stuff and there is cheaper varieties around of this item but the Scotch stuff is without doubt the best by a large margin.
I think if you are doing anything to do with arts and crafts and want a tape you can reapply to various areas of an item and are able to draw on it then this is the product for you.
I use this tape quite often at work and I also have a small dispenser of it at home too. It is a useful tape but I do think that for what you get, it is a bit expensive.
The tape is basically a sellotape but with a matt finish (on the non-sticky side of course!) which is a sort of white colour - it is still semi transparent though. This means that when you use in on white paper you can't see the tape as obviously as you always can when you use standard tape which is shiny and reflective. Compared to other tapes too, this one you can write on which is always handy for annotations etc on work without writing on the actual work although the tape isn't always to remove seamlessly so I really prefer to use post-its for this sort of thing.
The tape is easy to tear which is nice. I think they so have a special easy tear one with serrated edges but this one is still easier for me to tear when I don't have scissors handy than normal sellotape. The roll I keep at home in the dispenser is great too and it tears nicely on the serrated blade on the end. It is also easier to find the end on this tape. When you first get it it is clearly marked with the Scotch tartan on the end and then after that once you've been using it, because the tape is a tiny bit thicker than other tapes it is easy to find the end.
The roll is smaller than other tapes and you get less tape on a roll. Generally it is narrower than normal sellotape as it only measures in at 19mm width. This small roll can be ok. It means I'm inclined to waste less and it also looks cuter on my desk and requires a smaller holder. I would like a bigger choice of widths but there are lots of other similar scotch tapes I could choose from if I was really bothered.
So it retails for about £4.99 (currently in the 3M sale reduced from £5.87) for 3 refill rolls as they are called which are 25m long. I think this is pricey when you can get hundreds more metres from poundland and the like. 25m doesn't go too far for me when I'm wrapping Christmas presents but this tape does make Christmas presents look good!
I will continue to buy this to refill my dispenser and at work. It does look better than other standard tapes and it is much less frustrating but I would like to get more on a roll!
I like this tape - it's my favourite by far and I always keep some in the desk drawer.
In the past, we have tried a number of different options for taping items together. The cheaper Sellotape-type rolls of tape are by far the worst in that it is so easy to lose the end and when you do manage to find the end, all too often it splits and a simple task of sticking things together takes an inordinately long time.
Some time ago I bought a 3 roll pack together with a nice heavy dispenser and I am only now, several months on, getting on to the final of the 3 rolls.
I like it because when you break off a bit on the dispenser, you get a nice serrated edge and the remaining part of the roll remains in place ready for the next bit of sticking that you need to do. If you don't have a dispenser, you can easily tear this tape by hand without getting all stuck up and frustrated.
The tape is 19mm in width and on a standard roll you get 33m - which is a lot of tape to pack onto a small roll. Each roll fits onto the dispenser so that you should only ever need one dispenser.
The tape is very strong and, even though it has an opaque appearance, once you stick it on the item concerned it is pretty much invisible. This makes it excellent stuff to use in crafts and when wrapping presents or parcels. Because it is good quality and nice and sticky, you don't need much of it at any given time. It has a matt finish and you can also write on it, making it very versatile and very handy to have around.
You can get a 3 roll pack plus a nice heavy dispenser for £8.78 on Amazon at the moment and, although this seems quite expensive when compared to the cheaper and frankly shoddier tape options available, it is certainly worth the extra in my view. It's worth waiting until it comes on offer and now that I have started my last roll, I shall be looking out for a bargain multi-pack in the next few weeks.
Without the dispenser, they are currently £5.99 for a 3 pack on Amazon. If you fancy getting 14 rolls, then at Staples at the moment you can get these for £21.96, the equivalent of £1.57 per roll or about 5p per metre. You can't moan too much about that. You can wrap a small present for a penny!
Everybody knows about the multitude of uses for different types of sticky tape, from closing envelopes to repairing broken items. They all work broadly the same, a roll of tape that has one sticky side and one non sticky side. In general sticky tape is colourless and transparent letting you see what is below the tape. This tape however is a bit different, it has a white colour to it, the idea being it is not very visible when used on white paper. It can also be written on which is a big plus side compared to traditional sticky tape. This is possible due to the matt finish on the outer surface.
I personally think this stuff is a bit of a gimmick, it costs more than traditional stuff, does exactly the same job and in my opinion there is not much point in trying to conceal the tape. So what if you use tape to seal an envelope, you can see if but it's not exactly an eye sore.
I can see why this product is around, different marketing strategy and try in pull in more potential customers but for me the standard stuff is better and more universally applicable to situations. You wouldn't use "magic" white tape on a black background now would you? :) And naturally, since it is made by 3M you will pay a wee bit more for it, your decision!
This is fantastic. Both in value and in quality. I love special occasions, I'm always the one that wraps up all those presents nicely, with a ribbon, sticker and make it as fancy as I can. Normal sellotape always did the job but I found it didn't look as tidy as I wanted it to. That's when I changed to Scotch Magic Tape.
The great thing is that it actually makes the tape look invisible. I love how there are no visible signs of tape on my presents now. The overall appearance is so much better and I am more confident in my presentations. It is so easy to use, it doesn't go yellow like a lot of sellotapes used to and I can write on it to clearly mark the persons name without it being rubbed off. The other tapes I used to use didn't let me write on them, I had to use a permanent marker if I wanted to write anything = but with this I can use anything. Will always keep one in my kitchen and upstairs cupboard!
I have been using Scotch Magic Tape for a few years now, mainly for work purposes. As it is a product that I use time and time again, I thought it would be a good idea to share my feelings on it with other consumers or potential consumers.
Scotch Magic Tape is a transparent, matt textured adhesive tape. It can be used mainly for sticking paper onto paper, although I have used it to stick paper onto other materials, such as sticking little labels/notes etc on my shelf, or sticking photo's on my wall etc.
What makes this Magic Tape different from other adhesive tapes is that you can actually write on the Tape, and also that it doesn't leave behind any 'ghost' linings on photocopies. In addition, the Tape does not turn yellow with age, unlike most other adhesive tapes on the market.
Each individual roll of Magic Tape gives you 19mm x 33 metres of tape, and currently I believe you can get 3 rolls of Tape for between £3 - £5 online.
My personal opinion:
I find that Scotch Magic Tape is a really convenient product, which is why I always keep the stuff on my desk. I keep mine on a dispenser (this was pricey, set me back around £5, but it is heavy-weight so makes tape dispensing nice and easy) and pull a bit of tape off when I need to.
I mainly use the tape to stick important print-outs onto work related documents and sometimes use it to stick photo's and other stuff on the wall of my desk at which I work.
My favourite feature of the Tape is that you can write on it. I mean how many times have you stuck something down with tape, and then tried to jot something down next to it, only to be annoyed that only half of what you've written is visible and the other half has disappeared?? Well this is not a problem with Magic Tape as you can write over it as you would on normal paper using a regular biro, ink pen, pencil etc. - It's the same as writing normally on paper without tape and if you wait 5 seconds or so, your writing on the tape will not smudge either.
I also like the fact that when you have stuck it down, it really does become almost invisible. I think this is helped by the fact that the tape has a matt texture, therefore it doesn't reflect any light, but instead camouflages quite well.
In terms of value for money I think it is fair. 33 metres is a good amount, I usually get through one roll every 2 months although I do not use it that regularly, perhaps tearing off a few inches every 3-4 days. There are good offers of this tape on ebay though, so you don't need to pay extortionate prices in high street stores.
The only negative comment I have about this product is that I don't believe you can buy it in different dimensions (please do correct me if I am wrong about this). For example, it would be nice to have the option to buy this Tape in a wider size, say 30 mm instead of 19 mm. Other than that, this is definitely a product I will continually use.
Scotch magic tape is a magical thing - as its name says. You would probably think that some famous Scotsman invented it or some Scottish factory started producing them. No. It is a product of a huge American manufacturing conglomerate 3M from Minnesota. The product has been invented in 1930s to be used with, then new material, cellophane as it was not possible to stick together sheets of cellophane using existing sticky tapes on the market. Cellophane was a big hit with food distributors at that time as it was moisture proof. 3M engineer Richard Drew with his colleagues spent a year developing new cellulose tape. The cellulose tape backing curled near heat, split when it was machine-coated and didn't accept adhesive evenly. At the end of each day, 3M needed a truck to haul away the spoiled material. They succeeded eventually. In the first year company sold $33 worth of Scotch tape. Soon after someone invented heat sealing process for cellophane packaging and product looked almost obsolete. Fortunately companies found many other uses of the new tape in the packing process. Consumers discovered the product as well and sale of the product helped 3M to survive Great Depression without laying off employees.
If you wonder why it is called Scotch - the first sample tapes had adhesive only on the edges and fell off. A customer told to 3M employee to go back to his 'Scotch' bosses and tell them to put adhesive all over the tape. The tape improved, but the name stuck. 400 varieties of the product hit the market since then with the Scotch and 3M branding. The Scotch Magic tape has been introduced in 1961.
Back to the present time - they have at least one happy customer who is writing a good review for them. I like the tape as it is much stronger than standard sellotape-type tapes. It can be easily reapplied without leaving marks when unstuck. It is much easier to find starting point if you do not use it from the dispenser. My sister is an architect and I know that she used it a lot in the days when plotters were not so common. The main benefit was that when you copy two pieces of paper stuck with the Scotch tape you won't be able to see the tape edges on the copied paper. Very often it can be used instead of Blue Tack as it tends to hold well on variety of materials.
The most common use is Christmas gift wrapping. There is a Giftwrap variety which blends better on the glossy gift papers (opposed to matt finish on Magic variety) but that doesn't bother me that much.
For all fans of miscellaneous facts here is another one - If you took all the Scotch tape sold to homes in the US between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it would go around the world 30 times. Those would be very sticky times at equatorial belt countries. And all gifts would run wrap free around the US. And I would be watching all that on funny videos on You Tube. We should make it happen one Christmas... Until then, watch out for something completely different...