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Old 30-01-2018, 01:58 AM
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Question Anyone have experience with PMU (party magic USA) balloons?
Hey all,
Was just wondering if any of you out there have had any kind of experience with PMU or party magic USA balloons?
I've only found them on amazon thus far. They appear to make all kinds of sizes each in a variety of colors and I think prints as well.
I've had experience with them, though as you may know, I'm a very phobic looner so haven't done too much with them, thus can't say for the quality for things like riding them.
Out of all of the ones I purchased, I did find some defects, I'd say one out of every 10 in the package of 50 17s in particular.
They are a very soft squishy latex that I'm sure would be great for riding, though as I've said, I haven't ridden them all that hard.
They do have somewhat long necks, a bit longer than ones found on qualatex, for example. Nothing wrong with qualatex, by the way. I rather love them, just wish I could purchase more q24s.
Here's a link to the 24 inch balloons made by PMU, the listings have changed since I purchased them a few years ago, so am hoping the quality remains the same.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00J3...B1L&ref=plSrch
If anyone has or is planning on trying these out, what's your opinion on them?
For me, the 17 inch reds in particular have a very soft feeling latex that I rather loved. I really should get more.
Please note the seller who sells these will not! Ship discreetly. I really tried to get them to, though they weren't able to ship them that way. My solution was just get a bunch of them so they wouldn't fit in the mailbox and I could go get them right as they arrived. Lol.
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Old 30-01-2018, 02:20 AM
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Default Re: Anyone have experience with PMU (party magic USA) balloons?
Were they not Tuftex brand? With the exception of many of the 36" balloons on Amazon, I thought they were actually Tuftex.
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Old 30-01-2018, 02:59 AM
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Default Re: Anyone have experience with PMU (party magic USA) balloons?
I'm not entirely sure as they are the only brand, other than qualatex, I've actually had.
I ran out several months ago of any of these balloons, though I can remember them being very soft, forgiving latex balloons with somewhat long necks, the 24 inch ones in particular.
I never blew one up full enough to cause a neck because ya know, oversensitive ears.
Hope this helps!
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Old 30-01-2018, 04:00 AM
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My guess is that they are Tuftex balloons. I don't know why they are called "PMU", but I have purchased 17" and 24" balloons that were marketed similarly on Amazon. However, I've also bought PMU 36" balloons that were probably not Tuftex. So Tuftex is my best guess — they are rather soft and soften even more as they age.
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Old 30-01-2018, 05:16 AM
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Ok, that makes things way more interesting, considering I've heard the name tufftex floating (no pun intended) around these forums for months now.
Originally I thought these were just generic cheap quality, though based on memory and topics/posts alone, I stand corrected?
And yeah, what is interesting is in the 24 inch PMU variety in particular they have folds, I believe it's either two or four flaps can't really remember, not sure if that's a dead giveaway.
Even more interesting, the first variety of 17s did not have folds. Part of my second batch did contain balloons with folds which now that I think about it is, quite, um. Weird.
I'm almost willing to drop ship someone a single pack though at the moment, I'm a bit short on finances.
Hope this helps in some way, either way.
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Old 30-01-2018, 10:40 PM
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Default Re: Anyone have experience with PMU (party magic USA) balloons?
Tuftex balloons have four folds, so if you received balloons without folds, that is an indication that they are not Tuftex.

My best guess is that "PMU" is irrelevant to the brand. I just did a quick search and found results that, based on my prior searches and knowledge, are actually comprised of multiple brands including Qualatex and Tuftex. Some have the brand name in the title or the description, while others do not. I can sometimes determine what brand it is based on the combination of color, number of balloons, and/or size. Like I said, I've also purchased 36-inch "PMU" balloons that ended up being Chinese-made (I later figured this out since they were giant versions of some 27" balloons I bought — clearly not Tuftex).

For example: With the exception of some of the printed balloons, the Tuftex 17" balloons typically come in bags of 72, not 50, on Amazon. If you received a bag of 50 pastel 17" balloons and they had no folds, my best guess is that they were mislabeled Qualatex 16" balloons. This is based on reviews and answers to questions I have read.

I've done a ton of searches on Amazon over the years, so that's where my perspective comes from. As far as Amazon goes, I can only speculate sometimes.

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Old 30-01-2018, 11:24 PM
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The 24s I got all had four folds. I got an assortment but found the reds and pinks to be more forgiving and soft to well, cuddle with since well, I'm kind of a lonely guy.
I know what qualatex 16s look like so I can't say any of the 17s are qualatex for one, the neck is much too long. A second thing is that on first inflation they are very soft where as my 16s, I have to inflate and deflate them a few times.
Again, not hating on them at all, I rather love them honestly.
Oh, and the 17s are a bit more spherical in nature than q16s and even q18s.
This coming from a blind looner so, you might have to do a bit of research since I no longer have any PMU ones.
I did enjoy them and currently am enjoying qualatex q16s, q18s, though q24s scare me a little because of the impending bang and how absolutely massive they get.
Btw, tt vs qualatex 24s. Which has the louder bang when they go?
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Old 31-01-2018, 12:37 AM
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Default Re: Anyone have experience with PMU (party magic USA) balloons?
Well, whatever they were, I hope you've enjoyed yourself.

I don't know about popping; hopefully someone else can answer that.
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Old 31-01-2018, 01:10 AM
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Oh totally, I have. They are honestly very good balloons for what I did with them.
I really wish I could afford to drop ship you a batch, though finances are unfortunately a bit tight around here.
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Old 31-01-2018, 04:22 AM
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Default Re: Anyone have experience with PMU (party magic USA) balloons?
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more forgiving and soft to well, cuddle with since well, I'm kind of a lonely guy.
I feel ya, sonarloon. Try getting an inflatable (like an orca or a gator or something), they're better at keeping one company than balloons are!
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