Product Type: Poundland in Homeware
Newest Review: ... envelopes are brown in colour. They are not too thick although they are padded with bubble wrap inside. This is good as it mea... more
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Poundland Padded Envelopes
Member Name: cyberem78
Poundland Padded Envelopes
Advantages: Cheap, sturdy, lightweight.
I use Ebay to sell my unwanted household items, clothes, CD's, games and DVDs. jewellery and other assorted items so I always need to keep a stock of sturdy padded envelopes. I used to buy my envelopes in singles at my local independent store as it was convenient and I liked the idea of supporting my community. However, when shopping in a nearby town and visiting my local Poundland I found the same envelopes in packs for a much cheaper price. Each pack from Poundland was one pound (funnily enough!) and when I compared the price to what I'd been paying at my local store I realised I had been paying three times the amount per envelope! Since then the only place I go to get my envelopes is Poundland.
The store sell packs of these envelopes and they all cost £1 each. There are several different sized envelopes to choose from. You can get a small pack of seven, a medium pack of five or a large pack of three. I usually opt for the biggest ones as I most often pack the envelopes with clothing. The envelopes are standard size in comparison with other brands. As an example, a large envelope measures 37 1/2 centimetres (without the closing flap) by 28 1/2 centimetres. The closing flap measures around 2 inches. It is fitted with a easy peel adhesive strip which is a plastic type strip of material. You can remove this strip by pulling gently and underneath is a sticky layer. This allows the flap will stick to the envelope without need for extra tape. Depending on what you have inside the envelope you can either pull and position the flap so that there is no gap or (with more bulky items) have the flap positioned nearer the end of the envelope in which case there is usually a 1 centimetre gap which might need to be taped together on the edges to avoid any exposure to the item inside.
The envelopes come in a transparent plastic wrap and have a piece of paper inside each pack which is basically a leaflet for the bar code scanner but which also shows you how many envelopes are in each pack. The envelopes are a light brown manila colour which means when you write addresses onto them the writing is easily read. I recommend writing on them prior to inserting anything as if you use a biro the hard point of the pen can sometimes penetrate through the paper. Black marker pens tend to be the best thing to use.
The envelopes are sturdy with their edges tightly sealed. The inside of each envelope is lined with plastic bubble wrap. This is on each side of the envelope and it is tightly pasted to the paper material of the envelope so that it remains secure and keeps anything within the envelope safe. Although the bubble wrap interior is quite thick I often wrap any items I send in an extra layer of loose bubble wrap plastic just to be on the safe side. This also helps to stop any smaller objects from moving around inside larger envelopes. The envelopes are lightweight so they don't tend to make a difference to the postage price. I know some other padded envelopes which are packed with compressed paper are much heavier.
I haven't seen these kind of envelopes available anywhere else at a cheaper price so I will continue to shop at Poundland. I would recommend these to anyone who needs to use padded envelopes on a regular basis. My tip is to stock up too as I often visit the store and have trouble getting the size of envelope I need due to them having no stock as they are so popular.
You can find out where your local Poundland store is by visiting their website. Here you can also view their range of stationary products among which are these Bubble Envelopes.
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