AdministratorAugust 18, 2020 at 12:52 am
I have posted in the past about fake counterfeit wrapping vinyl being sold on eBay and the like.
These vinyl’s come in a wide range of finishes complete with manufacturing branding on the release liners. Such as 3M, Avery, Oracal and more… but they are completely fake Chinese manufactured budget polymeric vinyl.
Anyway, I thought I would post about 3M Knifeless-Tape now, as I see you can now buy this via some Chinese import supersites like Alibaba and Aliexpress, from as little as £6.50 for 50 metres!
I have been sent and tried some of the fake vinyl, but not the knifeless-tape. All I can say is it is cheap crap and does not perform as it should at all! So I imagine the same will apply with the knifeless-tape.
I guess you could be thinking, what could go wrong? well, for a start, the cutting filament could be fragile and snap a lot. Even real knifeless-tape is prone to this.
The tape may leave a lot of residual adhesives behind after removed. again, similar happens with the real knifeless-tape. there’s actually a lot more could go wrong, but I will leave this at that.
has anyone come across this tape being sold in the UK in particular?
MemberAugust 18, 2020 at 9:05 am
I’ve used the JSW tape with no problems so far, but I’ve never used 3m so can’t really compare. I think this sort of thing will come up more and more now, and not just with our industry.
MemberAugust 18, 2020 at 9:13 am
Not something I’ve come across as we source our media from reputable suppliers.
Knifeless tape, I’d possibly be inclined to give it a go.
Do 3M actually manufacture it? Or is it like all the supermarkets ‘own brand’ stuff, that comes out of the same factory with small variations in ingredients etc?
That said isn’t the 3M stuff patented?
AdministratorAugust 18, 2020 at 11:15 am
I am the same David, I buy from the UK only. But the number of companies I speak with that buy-in from other countries to make a slim margin saving is crazy.
My point in the post is obviously to flag this up, but will also get the thread Google indexed for others reference. When I posted regarding the counterfeit vinyls being sold, it was actually after a guy selling vinyls door to door from his van! He pulled up at my place selling loads of the stuff, said it was from a large sign supplier going bust or something like that. but had all sorts of brands and vinyls. now that was vinyl, how long before we see a van arrive at our door selling half-price knifeless tape? if it is fake crap, us lot get stung yet again! so it is better for these posts to exist to make us all question “so-called deals” like this and look a bit closer at the product being offered.
AdministratorAugust 18, 2020 at 11:55 am
Was it a white van man selling you it Gordon, or did you import?
MemberAugust 18, 2020 at 1:45 pm
Saw it on you tube and got from Amazon, obviously from China. I just thought I would give it a go as I rarely get these sort of jobs in and Wrap cut doesn’t bend too well around corners and the 3m stuff looked expensive.
AdministratorAugust 18, 2020 at 9:28 pm
You are right enough Gordon, but looking at these ones listed, mate.
the fake stuff is actually more expensive by the metre than the genuine stuff, via Amazon.
MemberAugust 19, 2020 at 7:23 am
I seem to remember mine were about £12 for 45 metres.
MemberAugust 21, 2020 at 10:52 am
For £12, this may be worth a punt and see how it performs?
MemberAugust 21, 2020 at 2:01 pm
That is exactly what I thought, only done 2 van panels so far but no problems at all.
MemberAugust 23, 2020 at 6:55 pm
I have never used any of these but I may give it a try for £12!
Is knifeless-tape the only one available though? I am sure I have seen others.
MemberAugust 24, 2020 at 11:27 am
I’ve only ever bought the genuine stuff, I did look at Amazon a while back when showing my wrap guy (he was old school and hadn’t used it), it’s often listed as 3M knifeless tape, what you get is 3metres of ‘a’ knifeless tape!! Need to be careful when ordering.
Just bought 5 rolls of genuine 3M knifeless in a mix n match deal from Adapt (Amari) for £100 + vat with free shipping.. seemed a good deal to me.
MemberNovember 13, 2020 at 12:14 pm
They selling knifless tape design line to me for 17.50£ + vat so not a real deal, but they have best price around for sure!
AdministratorAugust 24, 2020 at 2:06 pm
I could be wrong Hugh, but when I was looking at the Genuine 3M I thought I also saw them doing shorter rolls or maybe sample rolls. Not sure.
MemberNovember 16, 2020 at 12:34 pm
I never knew this fake stuff existed until now. A gamble, but I think I will buy some and see how it goes.
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