questionswhat is the best deal on a paper shredder?

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I recommend a shredder that does better than merely cross cut. What's your budget on this? Are you going to restrict me as to price? I think the one that I approve of is around $300. Microcut; that's what that type of thing is called.

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Metal Trash Can + Lighter Fluid + Match = The fun way to go.

Seriously. It depends if you have a lot of shredding to do at once or if you have 1-2 pieces to do every once in a while.

If it is a one time large job call a company to do it. Their are these companies that will bring a truck by your place load up boxes full of your paper and distroy it right there in front of you. Fast... economical and very cool to watch. This is what hospitals and government agencies use.

If your situation is needing to shred something once in a while then buy a shredder from almost any store (sorry no experience with brands or places with good deals). I would figure out how much you would want to shred at once and buy one that is rated for double that. So if you will be shredding 50 pages in batches of 10, buy one rated for 20 pages at a time, you don't want to overload these things and the more power the faster it will go. CC shredding is a great feature too.

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@shrdlu: Agreed. A $300 machine is nice, but as i mentioned it depends on the usage.

Don't you agree?

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@prettywootprincess: In addition, if you have a large amount, there are usually places you can just take it to, and have it shredded for you. Most quality shredders are intolerant of high usage. The one I had at work cost around 2k, and made paper into dust (we needed a mask just to empty it, so as not to breathe it). The one I have now (the microcut) is close, but would object strenuously to heavy usage. Every year, I shread one year's worth of documents (this year I'll be shredding 2006 documents), and it takes quite a while, because it heats up and quits working after about 20 minutes or so.

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Yeah it really depends what you're looking for. If its general use or if you need to shred everything as fast as you can. I own a standard Novitech crosscut shredder that does 6 sheets at once and credit cards that I found at target for $30 a while back and can't find it anywhere anymore. Sorry. But I did happen across this one - http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/ef3caf34-a223-494a-aace-4058143abf5e/10-sheet-micro-cut-shredder-for-99-99-free-shipping

I don't know if its the best or if it sucks. But thats the best I could find.

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@quarlesr: I can barely cope with a shredder that leaves visible paper behind, even if it is microcut, so no, I can't agree. I miss the shredder that made dust out of paper. I just managed to find a shredder that was less than $200, much to my amazement, and a Fellowes, which is what Staples top of the line really is (but rebranded), so I'm pretty content with what I recommended.

I still like my $300+ shredder more, of course, but that's just me.

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I won't pay more then $40 but the BF said he would pay $100.

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@catbertthegreat: Yeah, I just saw your deal on this. Now I want it, and it would be flat STUPID for me to buy it, but still, I really want it. It would make me happy.

[Edit] What's interesting is the number of shredders on that page that use the words "cross-cut", and I know they mean something completely different than the cross-cut shredder you can buy at Staples or Office Depot. The teeth on these things are a fearsome sight; thank goodness only paper fits between them, although I would not want one around a small child.

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Local document destruction companies offer free shredding services from time to time. You might want to do a google search for your area. I prefer to use a shredding service for most of my documents. I keep this next to my desk for envelopes, scratch paper, etc. but I wouldn't rely on it for everything: http://www.amazon.com/Fellowes-Powershred-Cross-Cut-Shredder-3103201/dp/B0026I2HLO

I just saw a note on one of the local company's sites about an upcoming shredding "party" that they are throwing with a local wine shop. Up to 5 boxes destroyed for free & wine tastings. It's an odd pairing but I'll be there!

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Get one that also cuts up CDs/DVDs and Credit Cards. I have one for work and we love it. I am at home today so I can't tell you which model it is. We bought it from office Depot and it was mid price range. I actually asked for it so that I could get rid of personnel stuff that I shouldn't be putting directly into the recycle bin.

as an aside folks should be shredding all those credit card offers, and after a time any personal correspondence from credit card companies and elsewhere anyway. This is how people steal one's identity.

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What does everyone do to shred sticky stuff like labels, that are not really supposed to go through shredders?

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@faughtey: Stick them to a piece of paper that I'm going to shred anyway.

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@PWP: I just posted this deal on a 12 Sheet Cross Cut Shredder for $99.99. That keeps you on budget, and it has free shipping!

http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/3608ed34-f89b-4203-87ac-098298721a0d/12-sheet-cross-cut-shredder