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Good, but not as good as Scotch
on June 27, 2011
These pouches do exactly what they are supposed to do. I use them with the Scotch thermal lamintor and I've never had a problem with them getting stuck or coming out with bubbles. I didn't have a problem until I compared them to the 3 mil Scotch pouches. I noticed a huge difference when I set them side by side. I laminated a set of heavy duty cardstock flashcards from Veritas press. The Scotch ones were very clear and sturdy. When you held the card horizontally it laid completely flat. When I held up the one laminated with these pouches the edges curled up slightly and it was bowed in the middle (keep in mind, the card was sturdy enough to lay flat on its own without any lamination). Once I put them side by side I noticed that these pouches had a cloudy appearance to them. The Scotch laminated cards were much more clear and vibrant. Of course this wasn't completely obvious until I put them side by side. I realize this probably isn't an issue for someone doing small projects at home, especially if they've never used Scotch pouches. In this particular situation I had spent over $100 on the flashcards so I was sensitive to quality issues. With that said, these are significantly cheaper than the Scotch pouches so I would recommend them for large, inexpensive projects. I will definitely continue to use them for our homeschool supplies. For smaller, more important projects I'm going to continue to use the Scotch pouches since the difference is pretty obvious to me. I definitely wouldn't mix the two pouches for a project as the difference is noticable. These definitely do exactly as they're supposed to but when they are presented as a comparable product to Scotch, they really don't deserve more than 3 stars.