What happened to 1 inch masking tape?

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Forum topic by greatview posted 10-29-2015 03:17 PM 670 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-29-2015 03:17 PM

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Just bought a roll and see that it is 0.94 inches wide? I guess it is like Tropicana orange juice. A half gallon container used to have 64 ounces of juice. Now, the container has only 59 ounces. Do the manufacturers think we’re stupid and won’t notice what is really a price increase?

-- Tom, New London, NH

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#1 posted 10-29-2015 04:08 PM

They don’t think you are stupid, they just know that you need masking tape.

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#2 posted 10-29-2015 04:27 PM

It’s the Vast Metric Conspiracy, maybe?

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#3 posted 10-29-2015 04:40 PM

My wife pointed out the potato chip bags for sale at her store. The ones before the new batch were larger, but the new bags claim to be a “new, larger size.”

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#4 posted 10-29-2015 04:57 PM

I wonder how the length of the tape compares to the stated length. It might be hard to measure it and then roll it back up!

Maybe your tape is “dimensional” like a 2 X 4. I buy my tape rough (4/4) and then mill it myself.

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#5 posted 10-29-2015 10:10 PM

People react badly to price increases so manufactures reduce the quantity of their products rather than increasing the price.sneaky isn’t it.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#6 posted 10-30-2015 04:30 PM

Actually it was that width for some time… it was just that 3M was cheating by setting their equipment to intentionally ‘UNDER DELIVER” what was on the package.
they had to pay 700K fine and stop calling the “thin” tape 1 inch
They now have to list the ACTUAL 0.94 inch width on the package.

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#7 posted 10-30-2015 05:21 PM

I would just place on the side of the tape ‘1” +/- .06”’ Then its all legit.

And the +/- is in mouse print. 3M should hire me.

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