Clunk click

As if cassettes (remember them?) were not skimpily packaged enough in the first place, here’s a cheapo accessory which necessitated the throwing away of even what little they did have by way of inlays. It comes over as a sort of retro photograph album, but reinvented – the word copied would be more accurate (but less trendy) – to store tapes in.

The outer cover, complete with fake woodgrain effect printing, is actually made of genuine solid cardboard. Inside, thin vacuum moulded plastic templates are glued to the two halves, into which cassettes can be ‘clicked’ into place. Between these is a handy index sheet where you would write the track titles.

In the end you might save a couple of millimeters of shelf space using this product, but when you picked it up and all the tapes fell out, you’d be cursing they day you bought it. Whoever owned this example was clearly unimpressed; it has never been used.

It’s magnificent in it’s awfulness really. So I couldn’t leave it to disintegrate in the charity shop could I? It also reminds me that I have a couple of other cheap and nasty looking tape storage ‘things’ kicking about somewhere. I must dig them out.

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About simon robinson

Having worked as a designer mostly in the music industry, and mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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