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Packing Tape

Boxes for holding supplies, products and household goods require tape that adheres properly and offers a secure hold. Staples carries packing tape made from a variety of materials with different adhesives that work well for creating secure shipments and keeping cords and other items organized.

Strong Packing Tape Materials Offer Durability
Tapes come in a range of materials that offer strength and a durable hold. Acrylic tapes offer immediate adhesion and strong tear resistance. Tapes made from laminates and films that stick due to friction are ideal for short-term use on materials that might be damaged by traditional adhesives.

Cloth tapes resist heat and are difficult to tear, making them a good choice for heavier packages. Consider glass packing tape for increased heat resistance for use on boxes and materials that are exposed to temperatures up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Tape with paper backing is a good option for short-term use on packages that aren't subjected to rough handling or temperature extremes. Vinyl and PVC tapes provide increased strength and durability against chemicals and temperature changes.

Choose Adhesive Types of Packing Tape Based on the Application
Packing tape comes with different types of adhesives that keep them secure on boxes and other materials. Acrylic adhesives provide a strong hold that remains sticky in hot and cold temperatures and during long-term storage. Gummed or water-activated adhesives require specific packing tape dispensers that apply water during application. This type of tape offers instant sealing and can provide proof of tampering for added security. Tapes with hot melt adhesives ensure a tight bond with corrugated materials for added protection during the shipping process. Look for adhesives made from rubber or silicone for increased flexibility when working with non-paper packaging or bundling products and materials.

What Are the Uses of Packaging Tape?
Typical acrylic products ensure a tight bond that withstands rough handling during shipping, along with long-term adhesion when used for storage. Flexible tapes are ideal for keeping cords organized or bundling multiple items together. Use these options for items that are difficult to package to make bundles easier to ship and store.

Which Packing Tape Dispenser Is the Right Option?
Dispensers are available for most types of tape, and most are designed for specific adhesives and materials. Water-activated tapes require dispensers that apply water during application. Other tapes work well in handheld dispensers that provide a cutting edge for quick application. Desk or tabletop dispensers hold multiple rolls and are ideal for warehouse and shipping facilities. Choose the correct size dispenser based on the width of the tape and the type of cutting mechanism it requires, as some tapes require a sharp cutting edge for clean application.

Does the Width of Packing Tape Really Matter?
When packing boxes for shipping or storage, the width of the tape plays a crucial role. Thinner tapes work fine for smaller boxes with little to no gap between the closed flaps or for organizing materials or cords. Wider 2 or 3-inch tapes provide additional protection against bumping and flipping to keep packages closed while in transit. Consider the size of the package, how well the box closes and the weight of the materials when deciding on tape width.
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Scotch® Moving & Storage Tape, Clear, 1.88" x 54.6 yds, 8 Rolls
Item : 1148366 / Model : 3631-54-8
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  • 44 lb. per inch tensile strength
  • 3.1 mil thickness
  • This tape can withstand extreme conditions, staying sealed in temperatures ranging from -25 degrees F to 160 degrees F
$24.99
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Duck® Crystal-Clear Packing Tape, 1.88" x 54.6 yds, 8 Rolls
Item : 205525 / Model : 282195
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  • Duck Brand® HD Clear High Performance Crystal Clear Packing Tape
  • 8-pack Value Pack
  • 2.6 Mil thick for Shipping, Moving & Storing
$21.99
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Scotch® Tough Grip Moving Packaging Tape, 1.88" x 38.2 yd., 1 Dispenser/Pack
Item : 2456491 / Model : 3500S-RD
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  • Durable hot melt adhesive stays on, stays strong for tough jobs
  • Stays sealed during rough handling and rough rides in a moving truck
  • Secures up to 80 lbs of weight per box
$5.00 $8.29
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Scotch® Heavy Duty Shipping Tape with Dispensers 3850-RD, Clear, 1.88" x 54.6 yds, 1 Roll on a Refillable Dispenser
Item : 602647 / Model : 3850-RD
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  • 40X stronger than acrylic tapes (in shear adhesion holding power, compared to acrylic tapes based on ASTMB)
  • Heavy duty adhesive shipping packaging tape
  • 1.88" x 54.6 yds
$9.19
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Staples® Ultra-Heavy-Duty Shipping Tape, 3" Core, Clear, 1.88" x 54.6 Yards, 6/Pk
Item : 815042 / Model : 17530-CC
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  • Hot-melt adhesive, 3 mil. thickness
  • 6 rolls per pack
  • Excellent adhesive for all your shipping needs
$22.49
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Scotch® Commercial Performance Hot Melt Tape
Item : SS1038938
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  • 40 lbs.-per-square-inch tensile strength
  • 3.1 mil thickness
  • Specially formulated for wide temperature range performance (10° to 120° F)
As low as $4.79
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Staples Moving and Storage Packing Tape with Dispenser, 1.88" x 54.6yds, Clear, 4/Pack (31687)
Item : 473975 / Model : 31687
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  • Acrylic adhesive tape with 2.6 mil thickness used for moving and storage
  • Clear tape is ideal for label protection
  • 4 rolls/pack, with 1 reusable dispenser
$9.39
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Staples® Heavy-Duty Storage Tape
Item : SS1037441
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  • Available in various sizes and quantities
  • 31 lb.-per-square-inch tensile strength
  • 2.6-mil thickness
As low as $13.99
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Scotch Sure Start Shipping Packing Tape, 1.88" x 900", Clear, 6/Pack
Item : 750832 / Model : DP1000RF6
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  • Easy to start shipping and Packing Tape with quiet unwind, perfect for office settings
  • Clear tape
  • Hot melt adhesive with 2.6 mil thickness
$12.99
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Duck® Commercial-Grade Packing Tape, Clear, 1.88" x 54.6 yds, Each
Item : 523779 / Model : 1362515/7567
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  • 27-lbs.-per-inch tensile strength
  • 1.9 mil thickness
  • Long-term resistance to aging
$2.99
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Scotch Heavy Duty Strapping Tape with Dispenser, 1.88" x 360", 1/Pack
Item : 824250 / Model : 50
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  • Reinforced strength shipping, strapping tape seals, bands and repairs
  • 1.88" x 360"
  • Clear tape
$5.29
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Scotch® Packing Tape Dispensers
Item : SS1008135
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  • Please select item from menu on the right to view product details
  • Choose from hand or pistol-grip dispenser
  • Convenient, one-handed dispensing
As low as $2.89
Multiple options available
Staples® Heavy-Duty Storage Tape with Dispenser, 1.88" x 98 yards, Clear, 2/Pack (ST-A26-902DP3)
Item : 504405 / Model : ST-A26-902DP3
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  • Heavy-duty storage tape is great for label protection, and light-duty mailing
  • Dimensions: 1.88" x 98 yards
  • Comes in clear color
$6.39
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Scotch Pink Heavy Duty Shipping Tape with Dispenser, 1.88" x 800", Clear, 1/Pack
Item : 333725 / Model : 142P
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  • Heavy duty shipping and packaging tape
  • 1.88" x 800"
  • Clear tape
$2.89
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Duck® EZ Start 2.6 mil Crystal Clear Frustration Free High Performance Packing Tape 1.88"x22.
Item : 519768 / Model : 07307
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  • 1.88" x 22.2 yards
  • 2.6 mil thickness
  • EZ Start technology,; Always Unrolls "Smooth & Easy"
$2.99
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Scotch® Greener Commercial-Grade Shipping Tape
Item : SS2023548
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  • 40 lbs.-per-square-inch tensile strength
  • 3.1 mil thickness
  • Meets U.S. postal regulations for standard packages
As low as $2.99
Multiple options available
Staples® Standard Grade Acrylic Packaging Tape
Item : SS1038928
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  • 28 lbs.-per-square-inch tensile strength
  • 2.2-mil thickness
As low as $10.99
Multiple options available
Scotch® Tough Grip Moving Packaging Tape, 1.88" x 43.7 yd., 3 Rolls/Pack
Item : 2456490 / Model : 3500-40-3
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  • Durable hot melt adhesive stays on, stays strong for tough jobs
  • Stays sealed during rough handling and rough rides in a moving truck
  • Secures up to 80 lbs of weight per box
$12.00 $19.99
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Tape Logic® #126 Quiet Carton Sealing Tape, 2.6 Mil, 3" x 55 yds., Clear, 6/Case (T9061266PK)
Item : 23978292 / Model : T9061266PK
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  • Noiseless release for offices and mailrooms.
  • Clear Acrylic tape retains its clarity over long periods of time
  • Will not yellow
$44.99
6/CASE
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Simply™ Economy-Grade Packing Tape, 1.89" x 54.7 yds, Clear, 6 Rolls ST-A18SIMP, 6/Pack (ST-A18SIMP)
Item : 467431 / Model : ST-A18SIMP
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  • 20 lbs.-per-square-inch tensile strength
  • 1.8-mil thickness
  • Unwinds smoothly
$10.49
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Intertape® 400 2" x 110 yds Medium Grade Carton Sealing Tape, Clear, 36 Roll
Item : 1074549 / Model : G8180
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  • Best suited for reliable, all temperature box sealing performance
  • Used for light to medium weight box sealing and other packaging applications exposed to normal shipping hazards and stress
  • Size: 2" x 110 yds
$64.29
36 roll/carton
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Staples® Fiberglass Filament Tape
Item : SS1026936
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  • 100 lbs.-per-square-inch tensile strength
  • 4.0 mil thickness
  • Resists abrasion and moisture
As low as $5.19
Multiple options available
Scotch® Heavy-Duty Packing Tape
Item : SS1007301
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  • 47 lb. per inch tensile strength
  • Tape size: 1.88" x 54.6 yds in various pack sizes
  • 3.1 mil thickness
As low as $2.89
Multiple options available
Scotch® Tough Grip Moving Packaging Tape, 1.88" x 43.7 yd., 6 Rolls/Pack
Item : 2456492 / Model : 3500-40-6
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  • Durable hot melt adhesive stays on, stays strong for tough jobs
  • Stays sealed during rough handling and rough rides in a moving truck
  • Secures up to 80 lbs of weight per box
$20.00 $32.99
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