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479 of 481 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2008
I have had this for a month, and purchsed it in spite of quite a few negative reviews because I refuse to spend a fortune on a shredder when all I need it for is credit card junk mail and relatively few banking / confidential documents. It does the job perfectly well. Yes, you should only put in one folded piece of paper at a time (and yes, it has to be folded because the opening is small), but it happily chewed up 30 of these in a row when I was clearing out my desk. Since then, I have used it maybe once or twice a week. The bin is small but perfectly adequate for my needs. Very straightforward to operate. Bottom line - I have found it to be excellent for what it was made for - light home use.

PS, it's now 3 years since I bought this, and since I've just done a major end of year shredding session, I thought I would come back to my review and add that it's still going strong! Terrific little machine.
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403 of 410 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2009
I recommend this product, and would buy it again or give it as a gift.

This is the third desktop shredder I've purchased in about eight years. The others were very good, and they were for my Mom who is in her 70's. The first lasted about five years, and now she's on her second, not this brand. My floor model gave out and I decided to get a desktop model for myself.

Advantages of this model over the others we have owned:
*handle on the top motor housing for easy lifting
*cleaning tool (no more rummaging for screw drivers and crochet hooks!
*a pocket on each side for the cleaning tool
*cute oval design
*not as noisy as the bigger floor models
*really cuts the paper, doesn't just rip it up
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274 of 289 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2009
I thought cross cut meant the shredder cut diagonal strips, but the strips are the same as a strip shredder's, just shorter. A photo on the box shows strips from a credit card looking like diagonal strips. But, credit cards must be inserted vertically and are cut straight up and down. Because the text and numbers on them are not perpendicular to the shredder blades, but parallel, the strips come out with text and numbers placed horizontally - easily readible.

Text and numbers have to be perpendicular to the blades when paper is inserted in order to avoid readible lines on the strips of paper. By now, most people are aware that 8x10 paper has to be folded or cut to fit the feeder entry of this shredder. I prefer to cut so that there is no fold to create strips twice as wide as the others. I also cut the strips when emptying the basket to make them smaller.

The blades get clogged and have to be cleaned if you shred a small stack of documents. But, taking everything into consideration, this shredder is a good buy and good quality. The price is cheap, it's sturdy but compact, and adjusting to perpendicular placemant, occasional blade clogging, and cutting or folding 8x10 paper are acceptable inconveniences. Amazon got it to me within 2 or 3 days with free shipping!
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2007
it looks a bit fragile, but has been working well. i wouldn't use it but sporadically.
full sheets of paper have to be folded to fit into the "throat".
size and color are convenient if you want to keep it discreet (in the home office, for instance).
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2008
I really like this shredder. It's much more compact than most shredders, so it sits easily on a desk and doesn't take up much room. You can leave it on 'auto' so that it is always ready to shred, or switch it off for extra safety.
The container is clear, making it easy to see when it is full. Also, it's very easy to remove the top and empty the container. The only downside of that is the top doesn't snap on tightly - so it's easy to remove, but it seems it would also be relatively easy for the top to come off if you bumped it off the table.
The opening to the shredder is fairly narrow, so you have to fold 8.5 x 11 paper, but if you use it primarily for bills and old credit cards, it's perfect (but only takes about 4 sheets or 1 card at a time).
If you want something for a home office and expect to have more substantial needs, get a bigger unit with a more powerful motor - and one that fits 8.5 x 11 paper.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2008
This is the first shredder I have owned, wish I had got it sooner. It works perfect making very small pieces, about 1/8" X 1 1/2". I am packing to move soon and the shreds are making a great filler and cushion for the boxes. I am surprised at the quality for the very low price. Its a bargain!! Thanks for another great product amazon.com. Oh BTW, there was no shipping charges either. WOW!
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2007
I like the product's compact size. Great for shredding credit card offers received at home. Not meant for heavy duty usage.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2008
I wish the slot was wide enough to accomodate an 8.5x11 sheet of paper folded in half. That way you could do two sheets of paper at a time. As it is, you have to fold it in thirds, so you can only do one at a time. Other than that, it shreds fine and I've got no complaints.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2009
This shredder is perfect for light use at home.

It completely suited my requirements:
1. Light Use: I just have to shred a few documents in a week at home,
2. Reasonable cost: I didn't want to buy something that was expensive, and this is great for its price.

You have to fold paper to put it in the shredder's "opening", but this is a "task" that I wouldn't have normally noticed, hadn't I read the earlier reviews. In short, it's not at all inconvenient, and takes no time at all. Also, it's super easy to use.

So far, I'm completely satisfied with the purchase.

Update - May 2010: I have been using this product for more than a year now, and my experience has continued to be great. Also, I've also shredded a couple of credit-cards without any issues. Only, I shredded them one at a time just to be cautious.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2014
I just received this shredder and I love it for my needs. I have never had a shredder before, but have the occasional personally identifiable item that needs to be destroyed. I used to rip those up manually, which is fine, but doesn't work for more than a few pages and is pretty inaccurate. I am in medicine, and now have on my person, notes about patients when I come home at the end of the day, and would like to destroy these notes without having to take them back to the hospital and use their shredders. This will be perfect for that, with no more than 2 or 3 pages a day + junk mail etc.

I prefer the small size because I find the big shredders hideous. This I can hide away and bring out when I need it. I posted some pictures of relative size of the shredder. It has a clear bin which shows if it is full. It turns on, but only operates when paper is fed through the slot. It must be folded along the long axis, otherwise it does not fit. I haven't tried to test the full power of this device because I have no need to, I am not bulk shredding. The resulting pieces are nice and small and only the most diligent of criminal would attempt to reconstruct these papers..

In the manual it states that one should "never shred plastic, continuous forms, anything with adhesive including labels and envelopes, newsprint or any hard materials. while this shredder will shred staples, it is recommended that you remove them whenever possible in order to extend the life of your shredder. only shred credit cards by feeding them vertically within the designated area. never feed more than on credit card at a time."

I will update this review as I continue to use this product!
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