I've used 3m tape from the farm and fleet here, and wally world in the past, instead of running across town to one of the jobbers before. Seemed to work, stick and remove fine to me,and held up to auto paint, but I didn't leave on for more then a day or two. I am talking the natural color stuff 2 buck and change for 3/4 inch and over 3 bucks for 2" roll. I never used the blue painters tape, one owner had a bunch of that stuff inside the car and I wouldn't use it.
I agree though, the green 3m tape is nice, and is what we use at work. Also is semi transparent which is nice when you are taping something and need to razor blade off excess , and being able to see where to do so. Best is to get it at a paint jobber, but then I've seen jobbers sell some cheap crapola before that stays stuck to everything when you tried to use it, and had a cheap ex boss that would try to save a buck everywhere he could.