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Paper Shredders...ever go on sale?

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Yes, the other day when the Costco one was posted, I found out about Staples 8sheet paper shredder on sale for the same price $49.99 but is expired now.

You can search Kijiji, saw some good deals before I pulled the trigger.
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As the others say ...
Costco or Staples
Usually Costco is the better spot
Cuz they sell higher quality items for the same or lower pricing than anywhere else
(At least when it comes to shredders)
And you get the AMAZING Costco Guarantee
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I bought my shredder from Walmart. It was in Hot Deals a bunch of yrs ago.
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I have been keeping an eye on sales for years, they used to go for $30, not anymore.
Amazon has a line of them but they seem to be poorly designed and burst into flames randomly so i've written them off.

These days $60-80 is what your looking at for not junk.
The Costco $49.99 one is a new arrival and it may be their regular price and may go on sale someday.
You can get into Costco with a gift card instead of a membership, if someone can get you a gift card you go to the member desk and get a day pass. Use cash and not the gift card balance so you can get in twice a year with it.

Many paper shredder brands are low quality these days, its hard to figure out which are decent though i know some people with Omnitech and have had good luck with them. The Staples brand is not bad quality either, though be wary of it's plastic tines breaking and then the shredder jams up. Probably best to not fully load it. It goes on sale now and then but not for $30 in years.
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-=phelan=- wrote: Looked at the hot deals section and could only find people posting about a Costco one (not a member).

Wondering if these ever go on sale as mine that I bought about 15-20 yrs ago finally bit the dust :( Only cuts in reverse now lol.
i found a cheap way to "shred"

put all the papers i want to shred into a bucket of water
rip it all apart so its tiny pieces
then pick out the paper squeezing out the water
throw it in the trash

not for everyone i know only do it once every couple of months and no parts to break

for cds there is a method i used years ago put in microwave and zap it for like 5 seconds, you'll see sparking but it will kill the cd
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Yes they do go on sale. I bought a Staples TRU RED one not too too long ago.

I would recommend ppl not use these shredders for "big" shreds. Occasional use recommended. If you have boxes of stuff, take it to one of the shredding companies...they have services to shred by the box as well. If it's confidential stuff, you can even watch while they shred it.

If you don't like paying...at some of the Environment days, the city councillor will bring in a shredding truck and you can bring your big shreds for them to do there. It's done in one of their shredding trucks so no one touches your stuff.
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Thanks for the tips guys.

I'm looking for something that'll probably do 8-10 sheets with a staple attached on it as that's the document size that my wife usually shreds at home. Needs to be a micro shredder also not just strips, so probably looking at north of $50 and closer to a $100 :/ Will try to get it expensed :P
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-=phelan=- wrote: Thanks for the tips guys.

I'm looking for something that'll probably do 8-10 sheets with a staple attached on it as that's the document size that my wife usually shreds at home. Needs to be a micro shredder also not just strips, so probably looking at north of $50 and closer to a $100 :/ Will try to get it expensed :P
Bear in mind that everyone exaggerates how many sheets they can shred. If you must have 10 sheets look for 15 or more capability. Preferably 20 or more.
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-=phelan=- wrote: Thanks for the tips guys.

I'm looking for something that'll probably do 8-10 sheets with a staple attached on it as that's the document size that my wife usually shreds at home. Needs to be a micro shredder also not just strips, so probably looking at north of $50 and closer to a $100 :/ Will try to get it expensed :P
Buy the 8sheet Staples paper shredder. Although I got it $10 cheaper 2 days ago, it really is not that bad if you pay extra now. Ive done my research and this is the lowest price for anything over 6 sheet.

I've been using it to cut both paper and regular thickness cardboard for composting and it's working absolutely great. The motor sounds like a workhorse despite the box labelling this as "usage: light". If this couldn't handle cardboard I would have refunded it. Never opened the motor to see what material the tines are just yet.

Edit: sorry it's not micro shredder
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Check out the West Costco deals thread for a picture. There is a Royal Microcut shredder on sale this week for $79.99. It cuts 12 sheets at a time. Not sure if East has the same stock or whether its on sale at the same time.
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DeletedMemories wrote: i found a cheap way to "shred"

put all the papers i want to shred into a bucket of water
rip it all apart so its tiny pieces
then pick out the paper squeezing out the water
throw it in the trash

not for everyone i know only do it once every couple of months and no parts to break

for cds there is a method i used years ago put in microwave and zap it for like 5 seconds, you'll see sparking but it will kill the cd
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I actually tried that once when I needed to get rid of a confidential document and I didn't have time to drop by the office and use the shredder.

I wouldn't recommend it. Ripping bulk wet paper up into fragments is harder than you would think. You end up with a big mess that has lots of readable fragments in it when it dries out.

A lot of commercial recycling companies offer bulk shredding, and some of them have "community shredding days" when you can drop by with an accumulated box or two of stuff to shred and get it done for something like $20. That's often easier than feeding stacks of sheets through a small shredder, or coming up with your own quirky methods.

As for DVDs, just crack them (carefully, as little fragments can go shooting off). Impossible to put them back together and make them readable.
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DeletedMemories wrote: i found a cheap way to "shred"

put all the papers i want to shred into a bucket of water
rip it all apart so its tiny pieces
then pick out the paper squeezing out the water
throw it in the trash

not for everyone i know only do it once every couple of months and no parts to break

for cds there is a method i used years ago put in microwave and zap it for like 5 seconds, you'll see sparking but it will kill the cd
HAHAHA... your username is quite appropriate for this thread and your reply.
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In my experience, don't cheap out on this. I think for longevity and shred capacity, you really get what you pay for.
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kimchibowl wrote: Never opened the motor to see what material the tines are just yet.
Take it off the basket, turn it upside down and check if there are many plastic tines up to the metal wheel
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I bought an Amazon Basic one few years ago after my Royal one died after many years of use. So far so good with the Amazon Basics one. Take note that we do not have a home office but we do shred everything with personnal infos on it, starting from our name, to all other infos about us. We are a bit paranoid with personnal infos that can be foud in the recycle bin.
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-=phelan=- wrote: Thanks for the tips guys.

I'm looking for something that'll probably do 8-10 sheets with a staple attached on it as that's the document size that my wife usually shreds at home. Needs to be a micro shredder also not just strips, so probably looking at north of $50 and closer to a $100 :/ Will try to get it expensed :P
I have this one...$80 (vs Reg $100). Check around and see if you can add a promo/coupon as well to make it cheaper.

https://www.staples.ca/products/2431172 ... r-tr-bmc8a
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I bought this 12 sheet Amazonbasics one and have been happy with it, replacing an older one from Costco (Royal?): LINK

I like that it has overload and overheat detection which I don't think you normally see unless you pay much more. I killed my previous one by running it continuously too much. Sometimes you get into a "groove" and don't realize you've been shredding too long and need to give it time to cool down, so this one should warn me before it reaches that point. I also like that the motor is considerably heavier than my old one.

You can get 15+ sheet Amazonbasics ones, but the increase in price doesn't justify the additional capacity.

Also, for most letters that come in envelopes, you can easily rip off the top third of the letter at the fold and shred that, because it's usually the only part that has personal info. No need to shred the whole letter. Now your shredding needs has been reduced to a 1/3.

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