Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Misleading Tarp Dimensions -- Why Do They Do This?

If you buy a cheapo 6 foot x 8 foot tarp from Canadian Tire, like this 040-5005-4, you could be excused for thinking that you're getting a 6 foot x 8 foot tarp, but you'd be wrong.

What you're actually getting is about a 5 foot 6 1/2 inch x 7 foot 4 inch tarp.

Note that the label says, "Cut Size: 6 x 8'". I imagine that the factory starts out with a 6' x 8' piece of material, then folds over its edges to hem it and install the eyelets. The result is a tarp that's considerably smaller than 6' x 8'.

I don't know whether all tarps by all tarp makers/sellers are like this, but I guess that the lesson is to watch out for those words, "cut size". "Cut size" means the size the factory started out with; not the size you're getting.

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