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Now at the start of 2013, I tried to be really organised so I got a new folder for organising all my bills (even though each month there always seems to be an unexpected one!) and so at the time had purchased a few from WHSmith. However, since I closed my natwest account, I had to do a re-jig of my finances so since we had a box of 200 plastic pockets at work that my manager didn't need, he said I could borrow a few! The file pockets are the usual type, made of thin plastic, which is very glossy and transparent, so it holds all my papers in so I can still see them and, makes my papers inside look very sleek, shiny and well protected. There are holes down the left hand side, 4 cylindrical holes, which if you have a folder, then the binder fits through so the file pockets, so it can be flicked through. It says in small font writing Ryman vertically down the side of the pockets also. I usually use these for holding some of my daughter's homework (I know, she's only 4!) so it doesn't get all grubby when she takes her projects in on the monday, and if I have a load of papers I need to eventually sit down and sort through, I shove them all in a plastic pocket! Personally, I think these pockets are brilliant and do the job just perfect. I can fit in one pocket loads of sheets of paper like bank statements etc comfortably, with some receipts and it does not bulge or look overstretched. I am able to put labels on them and they stick easily and so I am able to organise my papers effectively. To buy them, they come in quite expensive, as a pack of 10 costs £4.31 so effectively 4.31p per pocket! I probably wouldn't have paid this price out of my own pockets, but since I got them free from work I really won't grumble as they do the job fantastically!
With me being a designer, I always have A3 sized pieces of art work lying about my home and I like to keep it protected and in a presentable condition. While at university I was forever buying A3 pockets to keep all of my work in my A3 folder but I used to look on WHSmith's website and a number of stationery shops including Staples and yet the cheapest I ever came across has to be Ryman. They give you student discount but even when not a student they just have a good priced range of A3 punched pockets. APPEARANCE These pockets come in packs of 10 which is usually the normal amount when buying these in a shop. I think compared to other pockets that have that hazy kind of plastic, these are a lot better as they are micron polypropylene so they have a glossier finish to the plastic and don't minimise the visibility of the artwork inside the pockets. The front label is just a piece of paper with Rymans logo and a purple design showing the included pockets and stating what they are, nothing too fancy but very to the point. THE POCKETS These A3 pockets I have been buying both in landscape and portrait format but I do tend to prefer the landscape folders which is why I buy landscape pockets. I find the pockets at first can be quite hard to prise apart as they are quite a glossy format but once open it is not too hard to slide in A3 paper. I do find once you have a piece of paper in here it does seem securely held as the plastic being shiny does seem to stick so not being an entire negative it keeps work securely in place. The pockets are very well crafted and so far I have never had any issues with them. Once you secure your pockets into the folder, they are very well reinforced. They have Ryman in silver on the side to make it clear who made these pockets but they also have a strong margin so that your pockets will not rip at the punched holes which is always a problem I find with plastic wallets but even with a heavy amount of work they keep in their original state. I think these pockets are a great price for what they are and if you are buying a lot of these they are very slim in shape so are easy to build on top of. They have a great clear plastic so that work looks professional inside the pockets and I do not have any scratches or and kind of marks on my pockets. They are fully protected in case of any water spillages or damage which is why if you have a lot of A3 work, it is recommended you get yourself a packet of these. If you do not want to use the whole packet of these it does come in a plastic packaging which does reseal very easily so that you can close it and keep them until you need to use more pockets. These do open at the top which I find these best way to open as if it was at the side, it just wouldn't feel right and you know this way that work will not fall out of the pockets unless tilted upside down. These pockets have a four ring punching, so are ideal mainly for folder use, unless you want to attach them together with a treasury tag at the holes to keep a couple together which I have done in the past also. They are ideal for everything, photographs, work, portfolio presentation and so on. COST If you are in need of some A3 pockets and want to get the best possible deal then you should head down to Ryman and buy some of these. As I said they do student discount if you are privilege enough to have a student card but even if not they do only cost £4.49 for a packet of 10. However, if you go to the Ryman website and bulk buy then you will make a much bigger saving as it decreases the more packets you buy. If you want a look at the bulk buy prices and more information on this product then go to http://www.ryman.co.uk and search 'A3 punched pockets' and these and the portrait ones will come up right away.