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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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Staples® Ultra Heavy Duty Shipping Tape, 1.88" x 54.6 Yds, Clear, 6/Rolls
Staples® Ultra Heavy Duty Shipping Tape, 1.88" x 54.6 Yds, Clear, 6/Rolls
Item : 815042 / Model : 52196
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  • Hot melt tear resistant shipping tape
  • 3.0 mil thickness
  • 1.88" x 54.6 yards
22.49 $22.49
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Scotch® Commercial Grade Shipping Packing Tape with Dispenser, 55 yds., Clear, 4 Rolls/Pack (3750-4RD)
Item : 392941 / Model : 3750-4RD
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  • Commercial performance packaging tape for heavy duty strength
  • 1.88” x 54.6 yds
  • Hot melt adhesive with 3.1 mil thickness
19.99 $19.99
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Scotch® Premium Thickness Moving & Storage Packing Tape, 60 yds., Clear, 8 Rolls/Pack (3631-54-8)
Item : 1148366 / Model : 3631-54-8
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  • Scotch® Moving and Storage Packaging Tape is suitable for sealing boxes during your move or in storage.
  • 1.88" x 60 yds.
  • Acrylic adhesive, works in hot or cold
24.99 $24.99
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Scotch® Sure Start Shipping Packing Tape, 25 yds., Clear, 6 Rolls/Pack (DP-1000RF6)
Item : 750832 / Model : DP1000RF6
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  • Scotch® Sure Start Tape is a tough, strong tape comes off the roll easily and smoothly with no slivering or splitting.
  • 1.88" x 25 yds.
  • Strong, durable hot melt adhesive keeps packages secure
12.99 $12.99
6/Pack
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Scotch® Heavy Duty Shipping Packing Tape, 55 yds., Translucent, 4 Rolls/Pack (3850-4RD)
Item : 513246 / Model : 3850-4RD
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  • Reinforced clear-to-core tape is split, burst and water resistant for long lasting performance
  • 1.88" x 54.6 yds.
  • Strong, durable solvent-free hot melt adhesive seals and protects
24.99 $24.99
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Scotch® Reinforced Strength Shipping Strapping Tape with Dispenser, 10 yds., Clear (50)
Item : 824250 / Model : 50
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  • Reinforced strength shipping, strapping tape seals, bands and repairs
  • 1.88" x 10 yds.
  • Strong, durable hot melt adhesive seals and protects
3.89 $3.89
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Duck® Crystal Clear Packing Tape, 1.88" x 54.6 Yds, 8/Rolls (282195)
Item : 205525 / Model : 282195
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  • Acrylic adhesive with UV resistance to prevent yellowing
  • 2.6 mil thickness
  • 1.88" x 54.6 yards
20.29 $20.29
8/Pack
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Simply™ Economy Grade Packaging Tape, 1.89" x 54.7 Yds, Clear, 6/Rolls (ST-A18SIMP)
Item : 467431 / Model : ST-A18SIMP
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  • Strong adhesive gripping packing tape
  • 1.8 mil thickness
  • 1.89" x 54.7 yards
10.49 $10.49
6/Rolls
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Staples® Long Lasting Storage Tape with Dispenser, 1.88" x 98 Yds, Clear, 2/Rolls (ST-A26-902DP3)
Item : 504405 / Model : 52530/ST-A26-90
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  • Long lasting acrylic adhesive
  • 2.6 mil thickness
  • 1.88" x 98 yards
6.39 $6.39
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Staples® Moving & Storage Packing Tape
Item : SS1037441
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  • Acrylic adhesive packing tape
  • 2.6 mil thickness
  • Strong holding power to ensure a secure seal
As low as 13.29 $13.29
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Staples® Moving & Storage Packing Tape with Dispenser, 1.88" x 54.6 Yds, Clear, 4/Rolls (31687)
Item : 473975 / Model : 52529/31687
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  • Acrylic adhesive packing tape
  • 2.6 mil thickness
  • 1.88" x 54.6 yards
9.49 $9.49
4/Pack
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Duck® EZ Start Crystal Clear Packaging Tape with Dispenser, 1.88" x 22.2 Yds (07307)
Item : 519768 / Model : 07307
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  • Long lasting acrylic adhesive packing tape
  • 2.6 mil thickness
  • 1.88" x 22.2 yards
2.99 $2.99
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Duck® Commercial Grade Packaging Tape, 1.88" x 54.6 Yds, Clear (1362515/7567)
Item : 523779 / Model : 1362515/7567
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  • Long lasting commercial grade adhesive packing tape
  • 1.9 mil thickness
  • 1.88" x 54.6 yards with 3" core
2.99 $2.99
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Scotch® Sure Start Tape with Easy Grip Packing Tape with Dispenser, 17 yds., Clear (DP-1000)
Item : 741085 / Model : DP-1000
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  • Easy to start shipping and packaging tape with quiet unwind, perfect for office settings
  • 1.88" x 16.67 yds.
  • Strong, durable hot melt adhesive keeps packages secure with 2.6 mil thickness
8.49 $8.49
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Duck® EZ-Start® Crystal-Clear Packing Tape, 1.88" x 60 Yds, Clear, 1/Roll (CS-60C)
Item : 779900 / Model : CS-60C
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  • EZ START Frustration-Free technology
  • 2.6 mil thickness
  • 1.88" x 60 Yards
6.99 $6.99
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Duck® HP260 High-Performance Packing Tape, 1.88" x 60 Yds, Tan (HP260T)
Item : 892606 / Model : HP260T
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  • Tan acrylic high-performance packing tape
  • 3.1 mil thickness
  • 1.88" x 60 yards
5.09 $5.09
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Duck® HP260 Premium Packing Tape with Dispenser, 1.88" x 22.2 Yds, Clear (920352)
Item : 192968 / Model : 920352
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  • Strong acrylic adhesive to secure your packages
  • 3.1 mil thickness
  • 1.88" x 22.2 yards
3.49 $3.49
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Staples® Lightweight Moving & Storage Packing Tape
Item : SS1038928
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  • Acrylic adhesive packing tape
  • 2.2 mil thickness
  • Strong holding power to ensure a secure seal
As low as 10.99 $10.99
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Staples® Moving & Storage Packing Tape, 2.83" x 54.6 Yds, Clear, 6/Rolls
Item : 504402 / Model : 52209/ST-XW26-6
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  • Extra wide acylic adhesive packing tape
  • 2.6 mil thickness
  • 2.83" x 54.6 yards
21.99 $21.99
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Duck® High Performance Packing Tape, 1.88x60yd
Item : 343696 / Model : 1288647
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  • Rolls per case: 36
  • Backing thickness: 2.6 Mil
  • Color: Clear
129.99 $129.99
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Staples® Standard Grade Paper Packaging Tape, 2.8" x 125 Yds, Brown, 1/Roll
Item : 468231 / Model : 468231-CC
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  • Gummed brown kraft tape
  • Standard grade for sealing 20-40 lb boxes
  • 2.8" x 125 yards
12.49 $12.49
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Staples® Lightweight Moving & Storage Packing Tape, 2.83" x 54.6 Yds, Clear, 6/Rolls
Item : 425576 / Model : 52204
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  • Acrylic adhesive packing tape
  • 2.2 mil thickness
  • 2.83" x 54.6 yards
15.19 $15.19
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Scotch® Heavy-Duty Shipping Tape, 1.88" x 43.7 Yds, Clear, 6/Rolls (3850-40-6)
Item : 897518 / Model : 3850-40-6
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  • Hot melt adhesive perfect for securing your heaviest packages
  • 3.1 mil thickness
  • 1.88" x 43.7 yards
41.99 $41.99
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Staples® 1.9" x 21.8yds Packaging Tape, Clear, 1 Roll (ST-ASR)
Item : 387462 / Model : 52201
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  • 2.6 mil thickness
  • 1 roll per pack
  • Long lasting tape for packing applications
1.59 $1.59
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