Same types of things have different uses. When I lived at home my sis gave me a lesson in how she felt that different drinks tasted best in different types of cups. It went something like this, "Iced tea is best in a plastic cup, where as a Pepsi needs to be in a glass." At the time I thought it was a bit funny that she thought this through so well. But I must say I feel the same way about tape.
I have always believed that tape, although the very same in their sticky nature, are very different in what each type are used for. I firmly believe that clear scotch tape is for paper. One would use it to tape up a wrapped gift, or tape a piece of paper to the wall to leave a note (obviously clear thinking way before the invention of the post-it note. Thank you Romey and Michelle!) Electrical tape is clearly for all things wired, duct tape is most definitely for the heavy duty stuff of fixing things in an emergency, like for instance when your tail light is hanging from your car you use duct tape to tape it back to the car, duh!
This way of thinking was very clear and straight forward to me. I would never get out the scotch tape to stop up a hole in a plastic pitcher of Kool Aid; it just wasn't made for that purpose. I would not use painters tape to wrap a gift because it isn't sticky enough. Now I would like to introduce you to my husband, my exact opposite. We share values, morals, and how we see life, other than that we are opposites. If I think you should go right he would say go left. If I think that the way is up, he would go down. It is just a fact of our life together. It can be very annoying to me, but he is who he is, and I am who I am, and neither of us will change. He doesn't share in my tape beliefs.
He believes in the power of scotch tape. Yes, things that should not be fixed with scotch tape I have witness to the contrary. It simply blows my mind, but to him it makes sense. Did I mention how we are opposites? I have taken it upon myself to try and educate him on the uses of tape, as my sister educated me on what types of beverages go with what type of drink. He ignores me, and I fix things with the "right" tape when he leaves the room.
Now here is the irony that you have been waiting for. My husband has just started his new job with 3M and he will be selling tape. I'm sure that I will now be getting an education from him on the different types of tape.