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Almost too good to be true.
on July 1, 2011
I ordered these with some skepticism, considering the price, the inconsistent reviews and the fact that the best values were from marketplace vendors (read: not always reliable) rather than amazon themselves. At the time, the cheapest vendor was Fantasy Buy, who shipped through amazon prime. The set of 100 was priced at only $3.15 shipped via amazon prime. Mileage varies regarding shipping. Someone with a prime membership who places several orders per week would average well under 50 cent per order, or shipping could end up being more the cost of the item if you don't order much or don't have prime. Anyway, two days later UPS dropped off my order and I was contented that these were the actual Americopy products being advertised, not to imply any qualifiable familiarity with the brand, but I had at least heard of the name before and figured if it's got it's own amazon listing...
These Americopy cd sleeves, when compared to the last box of Maxells that I purchased, appear to be the same quality, they just don't come in a colorfully packaged cardstock box like the Maxells do that's meant grab your attention on store shelves. Rather they're collected in a sealed plastic envelope/bag, which is probably why they didn't arrive as flat/pressed as the Maxells after being shipped by Amazon in a rather flimsy bubble mailer.
I don't know what product some of the user reviews here might be based on - I can only assume that maybe some marketplace vendors are selling even cheaper quality versions than the Americopy - but the set of 100 that I received (shipped by amazon, sold by Fantasy Buy) are the same size, shape, thickness, etc as the more expensive, name brand versions, like those from Maxell that I've purchased in the past.
Obviously these aren't the highest quality paper sleeves you can buy; but, as others have said, they're only a fraction of the price, and having used much heavier grade paper sleeves, I don't find the difference all that dramatic; it's still just thicker paper, not scratch proof fabric, fiber, or much stiffer cardstock. These were less than half the price of the Maxells I last bought and they appeare to be the same exact quality.
A single dvd/cd slides in and out easily: not remotely too tight - I suspect you could fit two discs per sleeve easily enough, but that kind of defeats the purpose of using a protective sleeve in the first place, so why would you at this price? None of the one's I've checked have detached plastic windows or seems that fall apart. If you want something for more permanent storage or to be used regularly, these'll still do, though cardstock sleeves, binder pages, or hard-plastic cases would probably be better suited; but for mostly disposable packaging protection of discs that'll be rarely used or only used a few times, this is almost an unbelievable steal. Even chewing gum cost more these days.