“ Brand: WHSmith smith / Type: File pockets „
I recently purchased a pack of 50 A4 file pockets from WHSmith on a 20% off sale for £2.39 (this particular pack typically retails at £2.99). I was quite pleased with the price of the pack and considering the good quality of the product I think it offers good value for money.
I have a lot of papers around my home and this has increased within the last year as I have been studying. I decided it was time to get organised and purchase some items to help with this. This product has been one of my best purchases for this purpose. The pockets are thick and a really good quality and I typically use them to hold around 8-10 A4 pages which they do comfortably. I have bought cheaper versions of this product in the past and I can definitely tell a difference in the quality. This product can be re-used numerous times without losing any quality.
The pockets are ready hole punched so they are ideal for organising papers which you want to be filed away. The hole punch strip is made of sturdy material and so far I have not had any problems with the holes ripping which I have encountered with other similar products.
I would personally highly recommend this product particularly to people who are studying or have large amounts of loose paper needing to be organised and filed away. This product offers really good value for money especially considering the pockets can be reused multiple times.
So if like me you have bits of paper flying about all over the office then these are perfect for you. I originally started using them to store warranties and invoices in so i could easily find them and protect them from damage. My morning coffee on these probably wouldn't have looked good had i needed to return items...
The most i've ever got into one of these pockets is 12 sheets of 65 gsm paper, which isn't bad considering the price. If you try to stuff more in than this they start to bend and if you completely overfill them they curl up the bits of paper inside and will eventually break the seams down the side.
Despite looking flimsy and thin these are actually quite strong and sturdy and provide good protection against tears and cuts from anything like scissors biros. The film can be punctured with pins and with a bit of force behind your grip you can pierce it with a biro but just general knocks and scrapes (minor ones) is ok.
The film is not thick enough to add serious height to a pile of papers or make your folder thicker but it isn't wafer thin either (monty python reference). Unfortunately I can't recycle these, I don't think anyone can but i'd check with your local recycling first before binning them.
The practicality of these is just spectacular, it beats hole punching sheets and then leaving them in a folder, this protects them from damage and stains and keeps everything organised in one pocket. They're not difficult to get a hold of, every WHSmith near me sells them and they're worth having on your desk.
Even if you are a little concerned about the environment you can still re use these over and over; they last ages and because of their excellent quality they won't exactly fall apart after their first use.
For a few quid these are also excellent value and whilst my maths doesn't serve me well they work out at a few pence per packet. I'd recommend getting a few packs when they're on offer because I have seen them with about £1 off and if you're the sort of person who likes to keep things organised then these are perfect.
Overall these are top quality packets with no flaws so i will award a full five stars, highly recommended!
These plastic wallets from WHSmiths are really useful and a good quality.
When I do my household accounts I like to have everything organised and in such a way that it is most practical. I find that plastic pockets like this work well as you are able to keep various items together without having to staple them and that they are see-through so you can see the documents inside well.
These particular ones are very good quality. I got 25 in a pack and they are quite thick so that they are robust and I find this also makes it easier to open them. When I've bought more flimsy ones I have struggled to get documents in as they won't open all that easily and I've also struggle to actually et them as they seem such a tight fit. This although it is for A4 paper does have a little bit of space either side which makes it easier to slip A4 paper in.
The holes along the side make it possible to put these in a file and they are robust holes so that they will not just tear if pulled.
I really like these I think they are of a very good quality and are very practical. It's good to be able to keep everything in one place in a very practical manner. These are very see-through, you can get some with slightly raised surface which obscure what's inside slightly but these are just plain which is great so you know exactly what is inside.
I recommend these whether they are for keeping on top of household paperwork or if you are doing a course and need to keep things organised. They are really useful, you don't have to keep unclipping things from your file you just simply pull them out of the top.
Right, now 2013 has dawned upon me it is my new years resolution to be super organised especially with my finances. I have about 3 bank accounts: one for savings, one for bills (insert crying face here) and one for everyday expenditure/uneccesary shopping etc and whilst I was rather savvy last christmas with shopping early for gifts and making full use of Amazon vouchers this year I want to be one step even further ahead and actually be financially prepared as I am still feeling a bit of the pinch from splashing out a bit at the end of the 2012...ouch!
So last night, I cleared out a whole load of old papers and rubbish, and found some A4 binders from my uni days, and set about organising bills, bank statements, payslips and most importantly the documents for my daughter's trust fund. Whilst organising all these, I realised I wanted to be able to keep these in tact so it was a genius brain wave when out shopping today to buy some of these fab A4 File pockets.
The pack I bought, was a pack of 20 A4 file pockets for 99p, although there was an offer that 3 packs (essentially 60 pockets) would be for £2.49 but as trial and error I stuck with only the one pack. They come in quite basic clear packaging, bit updated to the picture above as the pack had a blue banner across saying what they are and that they are acid free, print safe (whatever that means!) and fits A4 Paper - 210 x 297mm.
The file pockets are the usual type, made of thin plastic, which is rather glossy and makes my papers inside look very sleek, shiny and well protected. There are numerous holes down the left hand side, 5 circular, and 6 slightly cylindrical holes, which the binder of my folder inserts through so the file pockets can be flicked through. It says in small font writing WHSmith vertically down the side of the pockets also.
Personally, I think these pockets are brilliant and do the job just perfect. I can fit in one pocket about 10 or so A4 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. Overall for 99p for 20 (essentially 5p per pocket) these are an ideal buy for anyone wanting to get some nice protective sheets for their paperwork to go in an A4 folder!
Ever since school I've had to keep all my paperwork neat and tidy, from the presentation of the writing all the way to the way I store pieces of paper and work. When getting supplies for my Open University course a couple of years ago I spotted these A4 file pockets in my local WH Smith and thought they would be perfect.
The pockets cost me around £3.50 from my local WH Smith store, they are available to purchase either in store or online. There are two different pack sizes you can buy, either 50 or 100, I bought the pack of 50 pockets.
The A4 pockets look exactly the same as other brands. They are made from transparent plastic and have a white section at the side which hosts a few holes so you can insert it into a ring binder. The pockets have an opening at the top where you can slide whatever paperwork you fancy into them.
The quality of the pockets is fantastic, I can remember using cheaper pockets at school and after putting a couple of pieces of paper inside them they would start to rip at the side with the holes. I haven't come across that problem with these ones from WH Smith. I can fit quite a lot of paper inside without it compromising the quality. Of course, as you start to put more and more paper inside they do get trickier to insert and the whole pocket will start to curve inwards if you put too much paper inside.
I first used my pockets for my Open University notes and it was a great way to keep notes for different assignments away from each other to stop them getting muddled. I used to stick a label on the front of each pocket so I could identify each different assignment, they stuck to the pockets without falling off. Now I'm having a break from study I've found the pockets are a great way of sorting out the normal household paperwork with different pockets being used for different bills.
I'd definitely recommend these A4 file pockets from WH Smith, although they are expensive compared to others, the quality is definitely way ahead of cheaper brands. I haven't had any split on me yet, despite filling some up more than I probably should have.
Where would we be without A4 File pockets? I have used so many of these over the years, I can't begin to imagine how many I have bought and used. I started using these in school and for coursework, putting my homework into a clear protective sleeve and clipping it into a folder was a much better idea than just shoving it in my school bag to get screwed up and messy and ruined. That was when I first started using the file pockets.
They come in packs and are basically a clear sleeve that you put A4 or smaller paper into to protect it. I have used these for everything from photo and pictures to things I have cut out of magazines to school, college work. In WHSmiths, these come in packs of 50 for £3.49 or 100 for £5.99. You can buy these cheaper from other stationary shops but they are not always as good quality. I have had ones split and a set that were all a little bit too small as well.
Each pocket is a little bigger than an A4 sheet of paper, and they all have numerous holes punched into the sides of them. These can be used in any kind of binder, as the holes accommodate the different binders available. There is a sheet in between the holes as well which gives the whole sleeve a sturdier feel to it. They won't rip out of the binder as they are well made anyway but the extra sheet in-between holds them firm.
Plastic pockets are something I have always used, either at home or at school and college they always seem to be something that I've had. The last pack I bought were from WHSmith and cost £3.49 for a pack of 50, I usually buy them from WHSmith because I deal with them through work where I order all the stationary and so I buy them slightly cheaper.
The File Pockets are sold in a plastic wrapper with a small blue label that had the WHSmith logo on it and 50 A4 File Pockets.
I've found file pockets are more or less the same wherever I've bought them but I always think these are slightly stronger where they are bonded together around the edges. . Pocket files are simply a plastic envelope with the opening at the top and holes punched in a small margin down the side so you can fit them into a 2 hole or 4 hole ring binder. These files should fit most A4 files. The file pockets are clear and shiny, you can get frosted pocket files but personally I prefer unfrosted.
Pocket files have so many uses either for studying, offices and just at home generally. I have used mine for my Open University course to keep my assignments in good condition. I also use them for household documents. I didn't realise how important it was to keep all household documents in order until I got my own house and file pockets certainly make this easier.
I just keep all my documents, bank statements etc in their own pocket file and keep them in ring binders. This not only keeps them together and in order but prevents them from getting damaged and lost and if for any reason I need to look at one I can find it quickly and easily.
While I was planning my wedding last year my mum suggested making a complete record of our plans and preparations, every email I sent I printed and every letter and receipt was kept. All this was duly put in file pockets and finally filed and stored in a large ring binder. The result is a total record of all the planning my mum and myself did, the pockets not only have letters in but also fabric samples, colour charts and all sorts of bits and pieces. The plastic pocket files will keep them in good condition for years to come.
If you use file pockets then I would certainly recommend the WHSmith brand. They are good quality and I have never had one split. The seams are bonded together well making them reasonably strong. The price is good and although value brands are cheaper they are not a patch of the quality of WHSmith ones. If you are looking to use file pockets whether its for home, study or work then I would suggest having a look at these.
I use A4 File Pockets in order to file various bits of documentation, including study materials, travel itineraries, domestic bills, bank records etc. The A4 File Pockets from WHSmith served my purpose and so when I saw them on offer in my local WHSmith for just £1.99 I picked up a packet (they are normally closer to £3.50). Because you get 50 pockets in a packet, that equates to just 3p per pocket - which seems to be really great value.
The folders are made out of clear plastic and they have a strip down one edge which is punched so that you can put this in an A4 binder if you want to. The plastic is quite thick and certainly feels quite sturdy and doesn't rip easily. I know that I have used A4 file pockets in the past where the seams seem to rip easily and so they longevity of the file pocket is not as long as you may hope. But these file pockets are much more sturdy - which I feel is really important for a storage device. In addition to this, the punched seam of the file pocket is reinforced with a further plastic strip and so it will also stay in the ring binders without easily ripping.
I can generally get about 10 sheets of A4 paper in the file pocket - and this seems to be about the right amount for the file to store without negative effects (i.e. ripping).
Overall, I can recommend this file pockets and think they are of a high quality. Although you probably can pick other file pockets up for cheaper, I would suspect that these file pockets rip and don't last long!
==WHsmiths A4 File Pockets==
I was in WHsmiths a few months back stocking up on a few office type items which sadly enough I really love to buy. I think there is nothing better than a new pen to write in a lovely new pad and to file away all my household documents in neat files and folders so that I feel all organised and in control . I know WHsmiths is generally more expensive for items such as these basic things like the file pockets but I was in there already picking up the free Lego toy that the Sun were giving and I just couldn't' resist the stationary.
==Price and Availability==
WHsmiths gives you 50 punched pockets in a pack but expect to pay around £3.30 add as they are not cheap but you do get a good amount for your money so per file they don't work out too bad. Of course if you didn't need so many its probably better to go to Poundland and pick up a small pack for £1.
These WHsmiths file pockets are of course only available either in a WHsmiths store on the high street or on their online shop but they always seem to be in stock and I never have a problem in tracking them down when in the shop.
==Look and Design==
These A4 file pockets look like any other make although the clear plastic sheeting that they are made from is probably slightly thicker than a cheaper brand and they do feel a little tougher. The joint tot he strip of white plastic down the side where the holes are punched is thick and sturdy to and unless I overfill them I haven't had a problem with them breaking down this side or the other come to think of it.
The size of the files is just about good enough to hold half a dozen sheets of paper and they will start to crinkle and buckle if you put many more than this amount in them. If you need expandable files these are also available from WHsmiths but at a higher price.
The files are easy to use with a single document and get trickier to insert the pages the more you fill them up. Seeing as there is 50 in a pack I often have no trouble in needing to fill them more than a few sheets thick at a time. The clear plastic of the file isn't cloudy or rough feeling like some of these files you can get is and the clear shiny material means that reading the document inside is still very easy to do while the sheet is inside the file.
The fact that the files have an array of holes down the left hand side of the pocket means that they can be fitted in to a whole host of different files and I have never had a problem with getting the holes to fit over the rings of any ring binder.
==My Overall Opinion==
As far as a plastic punched pocket goes, this is fairly good. I do prefer the thicker expandable files but more often than not one of these smaller ones will do to hold a few documents inside at a time. There is cheaper available from other stores but for the amount you get and the quality of them this price isn't all that bad.
On the whole I can't find a single thing to pick at with them and for that reason I feel a score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation is in order.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I always need file pockets, or polly pockets as some people call them, for college. When I need to buy them I always get them from WH Smith, as in my opinion this is the place that delivers the best quality.
The reason I use file pockets is because they make my work look much more presentable than when I just stick the pieces of paper into a file. They also keep my work presented. They stop the edges scruffing and the pages tearing. If you spill something onto a file pocket you can easily wipe it off, but if you spill something onto a piece of paper there's nothing you can do about it.
These are normally priced around £1.50 for around 50. They might not be the cheapest pockets around but I think they are definitely the best. I have never had any problems with this but I have had problems with other brands, with things happening like the white part peeling off and the sealing coming apart. But with these even a couple of years later and they are still like brand new.
Overall I would definitely recommend these, 100% great quality and I can't criticise them in any way.
Thanks for reading xo