Exactly what are we looking at here? Perhaps this will help:
Still a bit strange? How about this?
That’s right. You’re looking at a tape dispenser with an attached tape drum. YES!
I don’t know about you, but for years I fought the tape dispenser drum battle. For some kids, ripping tape off a dispenser is not easy. They jerk the tape, causing the whole roll to fly out of the dispenser. Those nefarious drums would go missing too, chuckling gleefully in the shadows while we tried to rig up something with craft sticks or toothpicks shoved into bouncy balls. Inquires about “extra tape drums” were met with blank stares from office supply store clerks.
When I saw this in an office supply catalog in 2006, looking like a little DeLorean tape dispenser, I rejoiced.
Then I ordered sixteen of them and never looked back. These dispensers are easy for kid to handle, there are no flying rolls of tape, no lost tape drums, and they are super easy to reload. You can get one from the Office Max catalog for $8.62. Absolutely worth the splurge!