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I'm an Engineer by profession, and a compulsively creative perfectionist by genetic code. Born in Syracuse, raised in Yorba Linda, educated in Berkeley, and residing in El Cerrito, I handmake wallets, passport covers, checkbooks, cardholders, and notebooks out of various kinds of tape. All tapebubba proceeds go to Second Grader sonoftapebubba's college fund. I supply the creativity, the tape and the labor.

People sometimes ask me why I always take a photo of each wallet laying flat. The reason is that my wallets actually do lay flat, and your wallet should lay flat too. If the wallet you are about to buy doesn't lay flat when it's empty, what do you think it will look like when you have put your stuff in it? Speaking of photos, something else that is different about tapebubba is that I actually take a picture of the wallet I am selling you. The photos in my listings are of the actual item you…

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  • Male
  • Born on February 8
  • Joined January 9, 2008

Favorite materials

gaffer tape, duct tape, stickers, glowinthedarktape

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About

I'm an Engineer by profession, and a compulsively creative perfectionist by genetic code. Born in Syracuse, raised in Yorba Linda, educated in Berkeley, and residing in El Cerrito, I handmake wallets, passport covers, checkbooks, cardholders, and notebooks out of various kinds of tape. All tapebubba proceeds go to Second Grader sonoftapebubba's college fund. I supply the creativity, the tape and the labor.

People sometimes ask me why I always take a photo of each wallet laying flat. The reason is that my wallets actually do lay flat, and your wallet should lay flat too. If the wallet you are about to buy doesn't lay flat when it's empty, what do you think it will look like when you have put your stuff in it? Speaking of photos, something else that is different about tapebubba is that I actually take a picture of the wallet I am selling you. The photos in my listings are of the actual item you are going to receive. Seems obvious to me that you deserve that. Apparently not everyone feels that way about what you deserve.

Welcome to my store, where tape in general (including duct tape) is treated as a legitimate engineering material, not a punch-line. I use every type of tape I can find that will yield quality features to my customers. I make wallets, passport covers, checkbook covers, notebook covers, and even purses. My best wallets feature gaffer tape and duct tape in the right combination. I used to use all duct tape, but I could not figure out a way to keep the edges from eventually getting sticky. 100% of the wallets I made out of all duct tape eventually would get yucky at the edges from adhesive getting out. 100% of my customers who ever used a duct tape wallet before said that they had seen the same thing. Obsessively driven to improve my quality, I began working with different quality levels of tape. Gaffer tape solved the problem for me. There may be other ways, but I'm happy with the solution I found. I think you will be too.

I would like to also define a couple terms. In the Queen's English, as spoken in the UK, 'duct tape' and 'gaffer tape' or 'gaff tape' can be used interchangeably. A UK-based tape wallet maker may tell you that they are synonymous and they are being honest and truthful. The ambiguity is in the English language, but there is no mistaking the different material properties in what I call 'duct tape' and what I call 'gaffer tape'. Look at close ups of what you are buying and you can tell what you are looking at. If it's shiny, it's duct tape. If it is a matte canvas tape, it's gaffer tape. If it comes from the UK and it is shiny, it's duct tape, even though somebody is calling it gaffer tape or gaff tape. The gaffer tape I buy is triple the price of the duct tape I buy. Let me know if you would like a link to my tape vendor.

I am an engineer with a tape hobby and a passion for quality. Compare my products to anyone else's and you'll see what I mean. I'll use duct tape where it's appropriate, and I'll use something better when it's required. Use my products and you will be complimented. With a tapebubba product, the compliment won't be: "Ha ha, look at that crazy wallet", it will be: "Dang! Where'd you get that sweet wallet?" Check back frequently and you will see something you've never seen before just about every day. I dont make 10 of every look and list them over and over with the same photos. Every tapebubba item is an original. If you are looking for a quality leather-free wallet that is truly one-of-a-kind, you've found your place. Read my feedback to see how my products absolutely exceed expectations every single time. Since they are all different, check my Sold Items too. Maybe I already made and sold your perfect thing. Let me know and I'll make it again!

Here's an idea: Let's introduce a new etsy term to tell you how good a seller really is: Take the number of feedback points they have from their customers divided by their total sales. The higher that ratio, the better the seller. Let's call it that sellers BQ (Bubbaliciousness Quotient). As of November 20th, I have 236 sales, and 188 feedbacks from my customers. That gives me a BQ of 79.7% You'd have to take my word for it that some of my sales haven't gotten into the hands of the buyers yet, and I expect that to boost my BQ. My committment and goal is to maintain a BQ of 80% or higher. People who buy my items want to leave positive feedback. Consistently. Tapebubba has the most positive feedback of any tape product seller on etsy. Tapebubba also has the most hearts of any tape product seller on etsy. The people have spoken.

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