Most people don’t know that there are three kinds of packaging tape. This is one part of a three part series in the “the three kinds” of a certain packaging or shipping supply. The other two parts are about shipping boxes and shipping bags. Today, it is packaging tape. Once again, this claim that there are three kinds is just that: a claim. It isn’t an official designation but one based off of observation. The consistency is why the theory proves true, in my opinion at least. So, the three kinds of packaging tape are: casual, serious, and professional. Below, I will explain in greater detail the characteristics that make each of these categories distinct from one another.
Casual: something that is done without much thought, effort, or concern. Now, allow me to clarify that this doesn’t mean that you just don’t care. This means that you aren’t trying to impress anyone, or come across a certain way. As far as packaging tape is concerned, duct tape is pretty much the king of casual. If you are trying to do a quick patch job, or tape up a box to send to a friend and all you have is duct tape and you aren’t going to buy more tape for no reason, than you would use duct tape. For instance, I once had a roll of duct tape that had pieces of bacon printed all over it, and this is what I would use when sending my sister care packages in college.
Serious: involving or deserving a lot of thought, attention, or work. For the piece about shipping boxes I used the analogy of sending off your manuscript, and I’ll use the same one here, for packaging tape. If you are sending off your manuscript to an editor or publishing company you probably wouldn’t be using the bacon duct tape to ship it off in. A serious businessman would take one look at that package and probably toss it in the trash, assuming that you aren’t serious enough to be a part of their community.
Professional: exhibiting a conscientious and generally businesslike manner. This is where an individual or organization takes extra care that their product is being correctly represented right from the get go. Packaging is part of the “package deal” of first impressions for a customer. It is included with the website experience (and even customer service, if you needed to talk to someone when making your order). Professional packaging tape would be the kind that you had special ordered with your company’s logo on it.