Keeping Track of the End of Tape

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There are a few ways to keep track of where to start the tape. This page contains tips for finding the end of tape.


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May 11, 2010

Need help finding the end of packaging/scotch tape? Place a toothpick under the end. It will be easy to remove and replace with no tape wasted.

By Joy from Mechanicsville, VA

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It's so frustrating to lose the end of packaging tape and have to spend a lot of time picking at the roll until you find it.

When I was preparing a package to put in the mail, I thought this would be a good idea to share again on Thriftyfun as it has been years since it was posted. Now that we have steps, its makes it much easier to explain the how to use this method.


  1. When you use the tape for the first time, place something on the end to hold it up a little to keep it from sticking. I use a piece of a Popsicle stick.
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  3. Pull out the amount of tape you will be needing. Lay it on the package where you want to place it.
  4. Remove the wedge after the tape is stuck to the package.
  5. Place the wedge on the end of the roll where you will be needing to cut the tape.
  6. Cut between the wedge and your package.
  7. The tape will drop down on the roll and the end will not be lost.
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Have you ever spent too much time looking for the end of your tape roll, very frustrating! Just break a bread tag in half or use a paper clip and attach on to the end of the tape roll, no more hassles.

Bread Tag To Mark End of Tape Roll

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January 24, 2009

If you find it hard to locate the end on packing or strapping tape, place a thin ribbon or string under the last portion where you removed tape from roll.

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May 22, 2017

Transparent tape can often be difficult to unstick from itself. A paper clip can be used to make this much easier. This page contains ideas for using a paper clip as a tape marker.

Mark the end of the roll of tape with a paper clip.

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June 22, 2017

Cut a piece from an old credit card or hotel room key and use it to keep the end of your roll of packing tape from sticking to itself. This is a page about use an old plastic card for loose packing tape end.

Credit Card for Loose Tape End

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