This works great! I don't typically test it with the full 8-sheet capacity, but I regularly put mail through that hasn't been opened yet, such as credit card offers, and it handles them just fine. I finally got rid of the huge stack of mail that had been building up on my counter because I didn't want to throw it away but I had lent my old shredder to a friend and never got it back. So, after some research I finally bit the bullet and bought a new one. I do like the cross-cut as my old one just did the strips. I feel this one is more secure, but it's not like I'm shredding secret government documents or million-dollar bank statements. Still, it would take some serious effort to try to put these bits back together.
I did try shredding a credit card and although it slowed a bit, it handled it. You just have to do those one at a time. I also put through stacks of paper and even if some of them got fed in at a bit of an angle, it didn't jam and everything went through fine. Again, it slows a bit, but that's fine as long as it doesn't jam.
The first day I got it, I used it for about a half hour and it didn't overheat or shut off. I pretty much filled up it on the first round and it was a trooper. I know you can put bags in it but since I just use it for paper, I simply empty it into my other recycle bag when it's full and ready to go out. That's better anyway since the bags are recyclable and I'm trying to be better about that.
This could also be used to make packing paper as the shredded bits would pack nicely around breakable items. Or, you could shred some pretty colored paper to make your own stuffing for presents. Or confetti. The possibilities are endless and I'm sure someone has made a Pinterest board about it.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with this and would recommend it. I've had good luck with the Amazon brand.