“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Envelopes „
I bought these envelopes to keep on the side just in case I need to send some thing in the post without having to go shopping for envelopes.
I bought this 25 pack for around £1.30. The price may seem quite expensive but trust me those cheap £1 envelopes are practically useless, they rip and wear down extremely quickly. The build quality is above satisfactory as these envelopes are capable of taking just about anything the post can through at it thanks to the premium feeling quality of these envelopes. I am quite impressed with these considering that they are part of the tesco value range. I am quite happy to pay the small extra price for a strongly made product. After using around 35 of these envelopes I am quite happy with the durability of the product as I have not had any complaints from any one.
The size of the envelopes fits A4 sheets of paper snugly with about 15 sheets of paper as a maximum of paper in one envelopes. The colour of these envelopes (dark beige) is sufficient for formal purposes (not attractive but does the job). These are great for sending things like certificates and things of the sort.
However, I do find the seal of these envelopes very annoying as they do not stick as good as you would expect. I even use a glue stick to make sure they are sealed properly. This is what stops this product from me being rated 5 stars. The most important part of the envelope is bad, what a disappointment.
I would not recommend these as they do not seal as well as you would like apart from that they are okay. If you are prepared to make sure these envelopes are sealed by using a glue stick then go ahead with them as you do get what you paid for.
I am constantly on the look out for ways I can save money, and found many value products to be ideal for that reason alone. Obviously there are some value items that I try to stay away from (food products, and cleaning products) just for health reasons, as I am never truly assured when it comes to the ingredients that maybe added to these items that influence a low price tag.
However, Tesco Value range A4 envelopes are definitely a product I can safely buy without having any reservations. I occasionally purchase and sell items on ebay and on book websites, so therefore having some good A4 sized packaging comes in very useful.
The Tesco Value A4 envelopes come in a pack of 24 and cost only £1.30. Which in my opinion is great bargain, especially for someone who posts/documents items frequently and needs to save money where I can.
PUT TO THE TEST
The outer packaging displays the Tesco value range logo and red, white and blue colour scheme.
On opening the pack, I noticed that they were packaged in a thin transparent sheet of cellophane. They were packaged securely, which is great, as when I opened the packaging and inspected the envelopes, they were all in good condition, with no crinkles or bended corners.
It had a white sheet of paper inside the packaging, which I assume is an aid to help keep the envelopes intact.
The C4 Manilla Envelopes are of very good quality. I found that when I place documents, small books or other small sized items in them, because they are made from thick brown paper material, they seem very strong, and are able to sustain the weight of the contents very well. Also I found that using these lighter envelopes not only saves money on envelopes but also on postage cost, as the heavier the package weighs the higher the postage rates.
They have a water soluble gum seal on the envelopes. In case you were wondering what the gum was made of; it is made of a mixture of synthetic resin and dextrin and so is completely biodegradable.
To initiate the stickiness of the seals, I had to moisten the seal along the envelope fold, which then allowed the flap of the seal to glue down the fold and close the envelope. I personally felt the need to add a little more sticky tape depending on the contents, to ensure it stays securely closed.
As the paper is nice and smooth, it was fairly easy to write on the envelopes with a pen. I sometimes write an address on a card and place that on the envelope, but when I do write on it with a ball point pen it does not rip through (as long as placed on a hard even surface) and the ink does not go through the brown paper, but instead stays clearly visible on the front.
I would say that compared to other envelopes on the market, they are just as good if not better. They to me seem a little bit stronger than some of the other envelopes available in stores, and the stickiness of the gum is also a little bit better.
I would definitely recommend these Tesco Value Range Envelopes to anyone who needs a strong, secure envelope that is easy-ably sealable and provide enough room for any A4 sized document or small sized items. For the price you really can't go wrong, at around £1.30 for twenty envelopes is a great deal.
I went through an ebay selling phase a while back and so I stocked up on cheap envelopes.
These cost £1.30 for a pack of 25 which is cheap. (They can also be found in a pack of 50, which I managed to find at 75p! so it's worth checking if there is an offer on) They come packaged really simply in clear cellophane with the tesco value logo and brief info about the product. However since my packet is old and the tesco value branding has changed to everyday value.. the packaging on new packs may look different to the above picture.
On opening them I could tell straight away that they weren't of great quality and quite basic envelopes.
They are light brown in colour and known as manilla C4 envelopes.
This means they fit A4 paper in size. Manilla envelopes is meant to apparently mean that it is made of strong paper or thin cardboard. This is definitely strong paper, however I do find the envelopes really thin.
As in, it is as thin as standard printer paper would be which would be 80gsm. (Although it does not state this on the packaging).
I think these envelopes are fine for basic use. As mentioned I use them for when selling odd items on ebay and I found it ideal for this due to the lightness too, it also would have made sure my postage costs were down when posting items such as dvds as I didn't really need it to have a cardboard backing or be thick envelopes as the dvd was secured in a case. As at times the envelope was bigger than needed I just folded it over and sellotaped it down.
It would work as well as brown parcel tape and I think it is pretty similar in quality, especially the thickness!
The envelopes are pre-gummed so in theory it is not meant to need much work, unlike higher quality envelopes it does not have the peel back backing which you then secure the envelope seal with, this meant that 2-3 envelopes could not be sealed without sellotape or glue at all. In general I did sellotape shut all the envelopes, which confirmed it was cheaper quality envelopes as without the sellotape the seal did not look very secure and wasn't completly sealed down.
I give these envelopes 3/5 stars as for the price they are good and they did do the job that I wanted.
I would also probably buy them again if I was after cheap envelopes and if the items I am posting would be fine inside of it.. but I did tend to avoid posting out important letters using this as I didn't prefer these envelopes for such tasks, especially as I needed to sellotape them shut.
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After my daughter was born nearly three years ago, I wanted to send her grandparents up in Kent some pictures of her. I only had small envelopes so they obviously weren't suitable for posting photographs, when doing my weekly shop in Tesco I seen these envelopes and thought they would be perfect. As they are so big I don't need to use these often and still have some left after the two years I've had them!
The envelopes are part of the Tesco value range so can only be bought from Tesco either in store or online. As I bought these so long ago I can't remember how much I paid exactly but it was definitely less than £1. The packaging isn't anything special, the envelopes come inside a plastic bag with the usual Tesco value branding in red, white and blue. This packaging contains 25 envelopes in total.
The envelopes being C4 size (whatever that means!) are exactly the same size as A4 paper so you are able to post important documents in these without having to worry about folding it up to fit inside nicely. I normally cut up an almost A4 size of card and slot this into the envelope as I only use these envelopes for sending photos to distant relatives. The card fits in well and I would imagine you could fit a few sheet of A4 paper in too. I normally send 20 photos at a time and these fit into the envelope well.
The quality of the envelopes is fantastic, the brown paper is thicker than I imagined since it is a value product. It's made from a shiny paper which seems to strengthen the envelope. Once I've sent photos I usually get an email from family saying they have arrived safe and sound and don't think the envelopes have ripped or tore in the post as I haven't had any reports of shoddy packaging from our relatives.
To secure the envelopes they come with the gummed line that you find on most envelopes, especially greeting card envelopes. Where this proves useful on smaller envelopes, I don't actually trust it to stick properly and put a strip of cello tape over the top just to be on the safe side.
I'd definitely recommend these C4 manilla envelopes from the Tesco value range if you are after cheap yet good quality envelopes. They are brilliant for me to send photos to relatives that live upcountry.
I have recently been helping my step-father send out invoices to his clients as he's got behind in keeping his invoices up to date! I needed to get around 200 envelopes and so we were looking for fairly inexpensive envelopes in order to keep costs to a minimum. I found these Tesco Value C4 Manilla Envelopes which I felt would serve the task well. They came in a packet which had 25 envelopes in it, and this packet costs £1.28, which equates to 5p per envelope which I felt was really good value.
The C4 envelopes are the correct size for an unfolded A4 sheet of paper. You can actually get several sheets of paper in this envelope - up to about ten sheets. The envelopes are that usual brown colour which is not particularly attractive but which is fine for functional business purposes. They do feel quite thin but if you're not sending out too much or trying to cram too much in the envelope then this isn't an issue. The envelopes come pre-gummed but, to be honest, they are a little bit rubbish at staying sealed shut. I found that on probably about fifty percent of the envelopes I was having to seal them shut with cellotape - which did get a bit annoying! For this reason alone I don't think I would buy them again.
I use a book site to swap books and as such when a swap is agreed the book has to be dispatched within a couple of days so I like to have a supply of envelopes to hand and these A4 envelopes from Tesco are ideal for small paperbacks. When swapping books you want to keep the postage costs as low as possible and these envelopes are really cheap, a pack of 25 retails for 80p and they are part of the value range although according to the paper today this range is being scrapped however i'm sure they will still be selling cheap enevlopes.
There is a cellophane wrapper on the outside and whilst the envelopes are not the sturdiest on the market they are well made and certainly with the use of sellotape they provide enough protection for the paperback books that I send in them, I tend to fold the nevelopes and seal them with sellotape so that they form like a wrapper around the books.
They are made from good quality brown paper so writing on them is easy. I would say that I'm not entirely confident about the self seal qualities of the lip of the envelope so I do use sellotape to reinforce it and I would do that even if I was just sending a few sheets of paper especially as the postal service can be a bit rough with larger packages.
Overall these are good value and I have never had one split on my yet which is a good endorsement.
I'm a fan of Tesco Value products and have tried many of them, the latest value product I bought to try was their envelopes. Both Mark and myself are doing home courses and sometimes have work to post off needing A4 envelopes, I used to buy them from the local pound shop but it was always hit and miss as to whether they had them in. I spotted the value envelopes when I was doing my shopping one day and as they were considerably cheaper than the pound store I picked a packet up.
Tesco sell their A4 manilla envelopes for just 78p for a pack of 25, much cheaper than any cheap shop. They come in a simple cellophane wrapper with the Tesco value logo on the front, there is a red band going across the front of the packaging with 25 envelopes written it. The packaging is plain as it is with most of the Tesco value range.
I've been using these envelopes for a while now, and despite being brown rather than white they are perfectly alright to use, they seal well and appear to be strong. Despite stuffing quite a lot in them I haven't actually had one split or come apart on me and I don't feel the need to add tape to seal the envelopes as I did with the pound store ones.
When you address them the ink doesn't soak into the paper and spread as with some cheap paper, nor does the ink seep through to whatever you have inside, for a really cheap product these are actually very good.
I occasionally do a bit of selling on ebay and have used these envelopes, they are ideal as they keep the cost of packaging down and as they are made from strong thick paper you cant see anything inside them which is good.
If you send A4 documents through the post for whatever reason I would certainly recommend these from the Tesco Value range, they are basic and nothing special to look at but they do the job they are supposed to and at an incredibly low price too.