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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2009
I purchased this from local bed bath & beyond. Was pleasantly surprised by the price - it was under 8$. The pump as it is, is a good product, powerful suction for the price, the performance is many times better than Reynolds handi vac & is less noiser too. Bags seal air tight within seconds. The hand held vacuum takes less space & very easy to use

BUT the problem is their bags. 1. weak bag - the valve is weak & lets the air back in no time & the material is flimsy 2. the bags are expensive - 5 bags for $5 & mostly available on net, so add $ for shipping as well. They say the bags are reusable. Clause is not to reuse when raw meat is used. 3. the bags are hard to find - recently vacuseal went out of business, so there is no place to get customer service or find the bags in stores. 4. cant use other brand bags which are easily available in the market

I improvised the model by taking the valve from one of my old bags. I use the valve with ziploc bags. when the suction is done, I pull away the valve & seal the zip loc. works for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2010
As stated this is a great product. I've never had problems and kit comes with 3 quart bags. I didn't have a problem throwing them away with certain foods. Then I tried to find a replacement box. What a joke! Web showed Target had some but were on backorder. After three months Target said they couldn't get them. The tool will not work with any other bags. It seems the marketing on these items is to get you to buy the tool; discontinue, and then you will have to buy a different brand. Noticed this for Reynolds Handi-Vac too. You get what you pay for. Three bags only and a tool. That should be its name!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2009
I like the product, but what good is it if there are no more bags available?
I find one site that has the large bags (at $3.00 apiece!) and no one with the medium bags which are the ones I need if I am to use the sealer. Would certainly appreciate a lead as to where I can get replacement bags.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2008
I bought this after my disastrous experience with the Frisper which I purchased from Sharper Image (and which they graciously accepted as a return).

I wasn't expecting anything for this unit for the price. But I was wrong. Wow! It worked really well and produced a really good vacuum to get all the air out. It is inexpensive, effective, and easy to use - you can see everything that's going on so there are no mysteries. Another plus is that you can stand it up as you seal, so if you have any liquids in there, they won't spill out all over the place.

I had a couple of bags that didn't seal. I think one of them was defective or I wasn't able to get a complete seal on the bag. Another one contained cubes of demera sugar and didn't hold the vacuum. I think maybe that's because, between the strong vacuum and the thinness of the bag, the sugar crystals actually punctured the bag.

Which brings me to the one criticism I have (thus 4 stars instead of 5). The bags are designed to be reusable because they are kind of expensive after all. (But that's good for the environment too.) I wish they could be made a little thicker so as to be more durable. I'm always worried about breaking them. The one good thing I can say about the Frisper is that its bags are really thick industrial strength things. In fact., when I returned it, I kept the extra bags I purchased.

All in all this unit is a great value and I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2009
I also started out with the Reynolds unit & found it very unsatisfactory.
Found the PackMate Vacu-Seal & was pleasantly surprised by the ease of use & the fantastic vacuum seal. Alas--2 days later the seal had been broken somehow & the air was back in the bag. Not only that but I can no longer find replacement bags. BB&B said they thought the product had been recalled or...
At any rate they quit carrying the unit & bags due to too many complaints & product returns. BooHoo. Packmate 95000 Vacu-Seal Starter Kit with Handheld Vacuum Sealer and Bags
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2011
The Packmate 9500 Vacu-seal removes air from the bag. But the bags do not stay decompressed for very long even if the are not opened. The only bags that this machine works with are their brand of bags not Zip-Lock whose bags are readily avalible in my area. Vacu-Seal bags I have to order on line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2009
There was 3 bags with the vacum pump, the other pump i got few years ago had 2 boxs quart bags, 1 box of gallon bags,each had 50 bags per box!!!!! And then can't get more bags!!! merrill dodge
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2015
It does what it says it does, haven't had it very long, but it seals Bell jars well with an adaptor. So far none have lost their seal. Only dislike is that it needs 6 AA batteries to operate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2014
Bought this product to use with the FoodSaver Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer. It worked perfectly at a substantial savings. The bags that came with it did not quite hold a vacuum for very long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2014
this sealer don't work.Can't even seal food for 24 hours bag lost its seal.So bad tossed in trash did not even wast my time or money to return.Do not waste your money
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