The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Bookselling Tools: Desktop Packing Tape Dispenser

I thought I would start series of posts on equipment/software/office supplies that I find valuable in the bookselling trade. I love tools and will spend a fair amount on them if they make my life easier.

My first entry is fairly mundane but has saved me plenty of time and frustration.

Behold, the Desktop Packing Tape Dispenser!

Magnificent isn't it? If you've tried tape guns or the tooth method to pack small-medium packages you know how frustrating it can be. You often crumple and throw away as much tape as actually makes it on the box. The DTPD solves that problem. It has a double spool that can either hold 2 different standard rolls of tape or 1 roll of packing tape. The dispenser has some heft and a rubber non-skid bottom so--depending on the thickness of tape used--you can generally operate it with one hand. I also use clear packing tape to attach my address labels and my meter-printed postage. This is much cheaper than using peel-off, adhesive labels and the DTPD is perfect for tearing off short 2-3" pieces of tape.

I haven't been able to find these in the chain office supply stores but you can generally find them on eBay for 12-20$

The only caveat/warning I offer is that the cutting edge is long, quite sharp, and won't give if you're not looking and swing your hand down on it.

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