What’s the deal with Gaffers Tape Prices?

As many of you are painfully aware, Gaff Tape prices have seemed to have been going thru the roof lately.  So, what’s the deal?  Why would the same product increase in price so much in such a short amount of time?  Well, the answer doesn’t lie in some corporate conspiracy to stick it to the consumer.   It is much more simpler than that.  It’s those two darn products that make Gaff tape what it is and the market prices that drive them.

Gaff Tape is composed primarily of cotton and oil based adhesives.  The oil component should be no mystery to anyone that has to fill up their tank with ever increasing gas prices.  The other commodity that is guilty of the price surge is cotton.  Cotton, which may come to a surprise to many of you, has increased in price 150% over the past year.   Take a look at the chart and you can see for youself how quickly this all transpired. http://www.indexmundi.com/commodities/?commodity=cotton&months=60  The details come down to weather related global shortages and an increasing demand, especially from China.  All that aside, the bottom dollar is that we are all paying for it and it definately puts a strain on already tight production budgets.

Prices appear to be on a decline and we can only hope that the trend will continue in that direction.  The problem is that retail prices are slower to come down as they come up but we here at Take One Film & Video will continually respond to the price changes and will pass on those savings when (and if) they come.

Until then, we are offering Tecnec brand tape along side with our Pro-Gaff Brand.  The good news is that they are the exact same tape made by the same company, Pro Tapes.  The better news is that they are $1 less per roll.  The only trade off is that the label in the roll says “Tecnec” instead of “Pro-Gaff”.

Please give us a call if you have any questions about Gaff (Gaffers) tape pricing or availability.

Chad Hall