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January 14th, 2005

The Clip-n-Seal

Sure, we’ve all seen bag clips, but have you ever seen a site about bag clips by one of the most respected design/usability firms in the country? Try Clip-N-Seal.

The Clip-N-Seal is a simple rod-and-clamp that keeps your food fresher than any other similar device. It comes in three different sizes and is available in packs of three or ten.

So, yeah. It clips. It seals. It keeps your food fresh.

I’m thinking I might order some so that I can keep my bags and bags of prawn chips tasting like the day I opened them. Mmmm mmm.

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Friday January 14, 2005 -- 10:30:43 am
" . . . industrial customers are using Clip-n-Seal for everything from dairy production to chemical weapons containment."


FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday January 14, 2005 -- 10:59:50 am
I'm actually quite tempted by Clip-n-Seal. Our current system of bag clips works, but you know... this is cooler. And it probably really does keep food fresher.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday January 14, 2005 -- 12:23:57 pm
We use binder clips from Office Depot, but the seal is not airtight. I think I saw these on 37 Signals last year - they may have done the website. The bulk packs look like a great deal.

Clip n Seal - the official bag clip of The Daily Ping.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Friday January 14, 2005 -- 12:38:00 pm
Here's the problem with this concept, as I see it: two pieces. It's going to be like food storage containers. You know, one day you open the drawer and it's all lids, the next time it's all containers. With this thing it will be one day all rods, the next all the clippy part that surrounds the rod.

This thing is really just a giant form of the seal that's found on a recloseable zipper sandwich bag. I usually put my bags of chips in a giant sized recloseable zipper bag. This thing can't be better. If you use it to store your bagged ginger snaps, the snaps will go stale in no time because the bag itself isn't that airtight. You need the plastic envelope to keep many things fresh. And, bags don't come in two pieces.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Friday January 14, 2005 -- 12:45:10 pm
You know what this thing is? Giant screening channel. This is some industrial leftover that someone is pawing off at $5 for three. I bet a 100 foot length of each part costs about ten cents to make. This is almost as bad as getting people to pay extra for crustless bread.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Friday January 14, 2005 -- 12:46:05 pm
Oops. I did it again. Damned closed quotation marks. My html tag privileges probably should be revoked.

FROM: Chris
DATE: Friday January 14, 2005 -- 1:33:17 pm
Joseph is offended that they might be selling industrial leftovers at at 99% profit - I think it's brilliant.

Let's face it, we all recognized the problem but not one of us ever came up with a better solution. We are all jealous!

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday January 14, 2005 -- 8:15:20 pm
I find bag clips work just fine.

If you foolishly just put a clip on a bag, or even just fold the bag once, it doesn't do a great job. But if you push the air out and fold three or four times -- preferably alternating angles -- it's darn near airtight.

Okay, they fall off if they get knocked around. But still.

Chemical weapons containment?

DATE: Friday January 14, 2005 -- 9:52:11 pm
So, i guess you arent stopping the rambling spree?

DATE: Friday January 14, 2005 -- 11:53:05 pm
This seems liek it would work way better than the giant clips that my grandma uses, and easier than the melting thing, but those are really cool. The like sealer that melts it shut

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday January 16, 2005 -- 8:40:35 pm
Ken: for the "melting thing", do you mean the "Eurosealer"?

I had one of those. If you practice, and intuit the thickness of the plastic and the proper rate of motion, it works pretty well. But if not, it either melts holes or does not seal. It was too fine of a line for me.

I don't mind thinking about getting my bag sealed, but actively working on it seems a bit much.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday January 18, 2005 -- 3:36:31 pm

I'm not offended with the seller. I'm offended with the buying public that is willing to be duped over and over again with cheap products aimed at false problems. Let's face it, how many of us really have such an extensive chip staleness issue within our own households that can't be resolved by using something that's already in the house?

Three clips for $5? Hell. Bags of chips are three for $5. Just replace 'em or eat them faster or open one bag at a time or use a zip-loc or keep 'em in tupperware, also 3 for $5 and much more useful and seals just as well.

Says the public: "Nope. I want more stuff that I won't use that'll cost money and end up in a landfill."

I really am not jealous. I'd rather the research and development money spent on bringing this product to market go to areas of real need--like alternative fuels, maybe?

FROM: Steve
DATE: Tuesday January 18, 2005 -- 4:06:40 pm
ummm... roll the friggin bag over and use a clothes pin... way easier and accomplishes the same thing without screwing around with two pieces of plastic

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 18, 2005 -- 11:52:47 pm
Let's face it, how many of us really have such an extensive chip staleness issue...

Everyone that shops at Costco has this problem.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday January 19, 2005 -- 7:09:44 am
I really am not jealous. I'd rather the research and development money spent on bringing this product to market go to areas of real need--like alternative fuels, maybe?

Well, I'd like all doctors on earth to stop helping people out and find a cure for cancer. And then one for AIDS. After all, those are enormous needs that not everyone is taking care of.

I mean, if Ryan posted a Ping about the Miracle Pasta Pot with Free Attachments for Meat Dehydration, I could understand... but I think the Clip-n-Seal has just a little more going for it.

FROM: Byron, from Clip-n-Seal [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday January 20, 2005 -- 3:57:19 pm
Just saw this thread, great comments. To Joseph, we made a design decision early on to not hinge it. Hinges break. Also, it's an extruded piece, so we can run it to any length. A hinged, injected part, is one size, unless you create several different molds.

The seal is indeed air- and watertight, just like a zip-lock bag. The difference is that you seal the food in the bag it came in, not move it to a zip-lock bag. And it's a rod-and-clamp design instead of a zipper.

No it's not industrial leftovers and doesn't costs us ten cents - we wish it did!

We were just as surprised when MMIC EOD asked us to test Clip-n-Seals for their weapons remediation process.

Regarding Joseph's post, it's not a cheap product, it is endlessly reusable and we are not duping anyone. Clip-n-Seal does what we say it does. The comments we've received form our customers indicate that they disagree with your position. We think the opposite is happening: we're saving more food and wasting less.

As to finding medical cures, we're not doctors or in business to do that.

I encourage you to actually try it out, tell us what you think. It's guaranteed.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday January 20, 2005 -- 7:09:25 pm
Ok Ryan and Paul, I think it's inevitable...we need to set up a Daily Ping store in malls everywhere...Roombas, Chillows, and Clip-n-Seals.

Everything you need for the house and the the Ping.

FROM: Byron [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday January 20, 2005 -- 7:44:55 pm
Totally, or at least, use amazon affiliates.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday January 20, 2005 -- 11:29:41 pm
Thanks for visiting, Byron! And it should be noted, Paul and I will shill any product that is sent to us for free (and yes, Paul, that does include the Miracle Pasta Pot with Free Attachments for Meat Dehydration).

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday January 21, 2005 -- 9:24:43 am
Let me second what Ryan said. We love the idea of Clip-n-Seal, and the Miracle Pasta Pot (with or without attachments.) But the Clip-n-Seal moreso.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Friday January 21, 2005 -- 3:44:41 pm
Hey! I'm the toughest customer, I should get the freebee.

Byron, thanks for Pinging. But I want to clarify: I wan't suggesting food product transfer, I was suggesting placing the entire bag of food items into a larger zippered storage bag--1, 2, 3. Put the whole bag in a GREAT BIG ZIP-LOC.

Also, who said hinge? You couldn't put a hole in both parts and put a knotted piece of left-over weed- whacker string between the two parts to hold them together?

And by the way, Paul and Ryan, where are my free Daily Ping pens?

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Friday January 21, 2005 -- 5:22:48 pm
By the way: stale doesn't mean the end of chips. Just pop them back in the oven and drive the moisture back out. Bake at 350 until crispy again. Voila. Works with all chips.

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