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      01.05.2013 04:09
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      Great to have for when you haven't got much shredding to do

      =Mini Paper Shredder= Although I have an electric shredder, there are occasions when they over heat or as in the past have packed up on me, so in between times I brought a mini paper shredder for emergency use. =Paperwork= We seem to have a ton of paperwork with our personal details on whether that is bank statements, post or even receipts, as although when you pay by card you get a receipt some of your card numbers have been replaced by stars, these digits are not the same on all machines so if you had a build up of receipts someone with time could actually work out your personal details. =Price and availability= These can be purchased from a variety of retailers from Staples, Ryman's, even Better ware and can be anything from £5 to £12. I brought mine about 2 years ago from Ryman's and paid £5 for it. =Mini Shredder= This is basically a small box, with a lid and a plastic handle in the matching colour (my lid is a black plastic lid). =Dimensions= The unit is about 35cm in length and around 15cm in depth. =Paper= The box says you can put up to 5 sheets of A4 paper in at one time, but turning the handle with 5 pieces of paper in was like trying to move a mountain, but when reduced to 3 pieces this worked perfectly. =Storage= I would estimate that the unit hold about 30 pieces of shredded paper, but you need to allow about 1in space at the top, otherwise it jams up the paper and you need then to try to get small pieces of paper out of the sharp blades. =Ideal as a Spare= Whilst this is environmentally friendly in terms of no electricity, it does take time to do the shredding, but for a spare it is a perfect item to have. =Shredded paper= The paper is about 3mm in width when it has been shredded and is the length of the original piece of paper. =Disposal= I give mine to my daughters friend at school as they use it for bedding for their hamsters. It can be disposed of within the rubbish. =Boxed= The shredder comes with its own box, so it is handy to store away safely between uses =Would I recommend= I would highly recommend this shredder, it is a must for everyone, but shop around for the prices.

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      11.11.2012 10:52
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      a ideal way to shred

      ==Mini Paper Shredder== We have a ton of paperwork come through the door nowadays and considering every company is trying to go paperless it seems that there are more and more documents needing disposing of than ever. A lot of the information that I have from my banks and what not needs to be disposed of in a secure way as you really never know who would want to steal my debt from me! For this reason I needed a shredder a good while ago as I was fed up taking all my documents into work and feeding them through the industrial sized shredder that they have there. I purchased this mini shredder from Staples a good year or so ago now (around the time that we were going through the process of purchasing a house and needed to have so much proof of earnings and so forth which once the bank had seen needed disposing of). It cost around the £12 region but having had a look online it would seem that can indeed get the very same manual shredder for a little less were you to shop around. I opted for a manual shredder as I am loathed to keep buying electrical appliances that cost money to run and I felt that having to use a manual one which couldn't take as many sheets at one time would mean that I get into the habit of shredding documents as soon as they need to be disposed of and this would save the mountains of paperwork that seems to collect on the kitchen worktop or in the kitchen cupboard. The mini paper shredder I have is by Draper and is basically a small box unit with a little blue plastic handle on the right hand side which needs to be turned as the paper is fed into the slot on the top section of the box. The box is a good 35 cm in length and around 15 cm in depth. I have found that really it can take a good few sheets at a time without jamming up and still being able to cut the paper adequately. Three sheets is probably the maximum you can put in there at a time but this hasn't really ever bothered me too much. The little clear plastic storage box underneath the shredding section can hold a fair few sheets of paper once shredded although if you are doing a fair bit of shredding it will need emptying what seems like on a fairly regular basis. The shredder handle is easy to turn and does surprisingly feel rather tough and sturdy. There is no bending or excessive pressure on the handle unless you try and ram too many pages in the top then this handle feels as though it is built to last. Once the paper has been fed through the shredder and the little handle turned around the bits of paper than come out the bottom of the machine are around 3 mm in width and pretty much what is needed to not be able to read any of the information that is on the paper. Another good thing about having the paper shredded up means that I can pop the waste product out in my composter in the garden and it mulches down very nicely and unless the worms decide to stick it back together and decipher my bank details I think this is probably the safest option going for dealing with identity theft. Not only that but of course I am being super environmentally friendly too. Not using power to shred the paper and then turning the paper into something useful - compost. I think this little shredder was a great purchase of mine. It can be stored nicely in one of my kitchen cupboards and doesn't take up a ton of room like some of these larger electricity powered shredders do and if I want to keep it out on the kitchen worktop it doesn't look too in obtrusive or out of place. It works well and I can't see it breaking any time soon as it is a top quality item which was worth every penny. For those reasons I feel that this product deserves a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and and exceptionally high recommendation. I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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      02.02.2011 13:27
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      A fantastic hand powdered shredder from Draper.

      Like many people we are very conscious of identity fraud in our household and it was for this reason that we purchased a Draper mini paper shredder from Amazon for £8.09. This was a very reasonably priced shredder and as we only tend to shred a letter every few days there really was no need for us to spend more on an electric shredder that was probably just going to break down on us or have something go wrong in no time at all. Our shredder is a large opaque plastic box with the top which contains the shredder and has a handle, the top is blue. It's very simple to put this together or take it apart as you simply need to remove the top and then you can empty the contents of the box out in the bin. This shredder is very simple to use but it's really just designed for one piece of paper. It's easy to slot the piece of paper in to the top and then turn the handle to begin turned the blades and slice the paper in to 3mm strips. You have to turn the handle quite a lot to ensure that the paper is thoroughly run through and shredded and a fair bit of pressure is required to ensure it works thoroughly if you are trying to shred two or even three pieces of paper at the same time (not recommended but it is possible - just about!). Overall we are really pleased with this shredder. It became a little bit squeaky after a few days of almost continuous use when we had a clear out but this was easily fixed with a squirt of WD40. I find it very easy and simple to use and while you need a fair bit of stamina for mammoth shredding sessions it's ideal if you just want to shred the occasional letter or document that you no longer need but don't want to just toss in the recycling because it shows some personal information. It's always good to be safe and this shredder helps us to achieve that in house. If you are in the market for a simple shredder for home use then why pay £20+ when you can buy this for under £10.00 from Amazon. I'd firmly recommend this and I am sure we will continue to use this in the future. The shredder is easy to maintain and as you can just pop the lid off you can clear out any dust that has collected whenever you need to.

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        18.01.2011 16:38
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        handy little gadget

        With all the amount of bills and statements coming through the door on a weekly and monthly basis it is easy just to forget just how easy it is to steal someones identity. Things like phone bills and council tax bills can be used with some companies as proof of identity and there has been lots of cases recently of identity theft and throwing the bills and statements in the bin outside and letting it go for landfill is now a risk, so a good thing to have around the office and home is a paper shredder. Paper shredders come in all sizes and prices from the electric one's to the manual one's to this little mini paper shredder that I found in a charity shop for 99p and can be bought on Amazon for around £3.99 and less for the secondhand one's you can also buy them on Ebay from 99p on auction but may pay more if other people are bidding on the same item. You can also buy them in Maplins stores. This little mini paper shredder comes in a cardboard box and has to be put together which is easy enough, the size is 26cm x 11cms x 11cms so it's not for lots of paper and bills at once and is just as it says a mini one, so it's mini in it's usage too as you can only fit one piece of paper to be shredded at one time, but it does this adequately enough and shreds the paper into little strips that can be disposed of without worrying that others may find your details on bills. Just feed the bill, bank statement or document sheet by sheet into the top of the machine and turn the handle to pull the piece of paper down into the shredder, it's as easy as that. The part that holds the shedded paper needs to be emptied often when you have done about four pieces otherwide it won't shred anymore paper properly. This isn't for heavy duty use but I am quite organised when it comes to running my business and when a statement comes in I file it or shred it depending on what needs doing, as I am self employed the paperwork has to be done as soon as it arrives at my home otherwise I get bogged down with it. This gadget is convenient for me to use. So for me this mini shredder is a good little gadget as it can sit in my home study / office and help me to be organised. The mini shredder has three part to it, the bin at the bottom for collecting the shredded paper, this is see through so you can see when it needs emptying then there is the top which pulls on and off and the paper is fed into this, then the handle to turn to shred the paper. It won't shred cardboard or thick paper which is a bit of a drawback but I'm not to bothered about this as I don't have any valueable information on this kind of paper or cardboard but it will shred A4 size paper nicely into strips . It's easy to operate turning the handle clockwise to shred and if you get the paper stuck which I have done on a few occassions trying to rush the operation then just turn the handle the other way and pull the paper out as you go it frees itself quickly. I like being able to shred my documents, bills and bank statements as it feels safe. This is so cheap and cheerful that anyone can afford one, they don't take up too much room and can be dismantled to store back in their box if your not using it. I'd recommend one if your looking for a mini shredder and don't want an electric one.

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          19.06.2010 02:17
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          Suits me!

          I doubt if many people actually prefer to own a manual rather than an electric shredder , but I am one of these people. Now you won't find one in a supermarket such as Asdas, Tesco or Sainsburys, I'm not sure whether this could be because not many people buy them ,or possibly because the supermarkets like it better if you purchase something a bit more expensive, this despite the fact that we are currently urged to try to do our bit to protect the planet, by not using plastic bags, or switching to low energy lightbulbs for example. Using a manual shredder is definitely the greenest option, which I feel good about. I also prefer one because our house is crowded,space is at a premium, ., and the hand operated shredder fits neatly onto the windowsill beside the computer, so I don't have to bother with plugs and wires. Obviously a manual shredder is only suitable for light domestic use, I would say, it wouldn't be much good in a busy office, where it would cause headaches and arm ache. I managed to purchase my shredder in Wilkinsons. Previously I have bought larger, heavier models, but on this occasion they only had mini A4 Manual Paper Shredders on sale, so I bought one of these for only £4.98p, which I feel is very reasonable. The manufacturer is Texet,from previous experience I know that their shredders do not last for years and years, but at that price you can't go wrong, and with careful use this time, who knows? The shredder came in a sturdy black and yellow cardboard box, about the same size and shape that would contain a slim electric iron.My particular model is TEXET SC-229M.It is described on the box as being a "compact and slim" design,which is true, it is very lightweight, and consists of 2 parts with a detachable handle.The transparent plastic lower part (the waste bin)has a volume of 3.5L, quite small, once you have shredded 3 or 4 sheets of paper it seems quite full, so if you are shredding quite a few things you need to have something handy to empty it into. It does take standard A4 sheets of paper, but these need to be fed in one at a time. I was surprised how easily the handle turns, the whole device runs very smoothly. The shred size is 3mm, and it is a straight cutter. From reading other dooyoo reviews I believe this to be a less secure method of shred cut than a diagonal criss-cross method,however if you sort of jumble up the paper as you remove this from the shredder I do not see this as a problem. I mainly want mine to save putting bank statements and the like straight into the rubbish, and I feel it is absolutely fine for this purpose. In fact I look upon it as an essential precaution to guard against identity fraud. More info on Texet products can be obtained from visiting their website www.texet.com The upper section of the shredder is extremely staightforward. The shredder is made in China, and made from 30% recycled plastic. Disposal is not recommended in household waste, but at an approved waste or recycling facility. Although the picture on the box shows a blue top, I was surprised on opening the box to find that ours is a bright pink! must be the girls version- I think its nice, and bright, have now noticed on the box that there are no less than 5 colour options, with a very small round sticker on the other side, which hardly anyone would notice, to indicate the colour, I shouldn't think most people will mind though. Also included in the box is a Texet instruction manual. The self assembly is so easy that even I don't need this, it does also explain what to do if a sheet becomes difficult to shred..(turn the handle anti clockwise whilst carefully pulling the paper out) Recently I read a tip in a magazine that if your shredder becomes blunted you can sharpen it up again by shredding a single sheet of kitchen foil through the device. This isn't recommended by Texet, but I might try it if need be. The instructions also recommend removing all staples and paperclips, and keeping out of the reach of children. This has to be at your own discretion ofcourse,according to the age. Thanks for reading, I'm quite happy with my shredder,it suits my particular needs, I'll take off one star because its a bit inconvenient emptying it all the time, but it would be no good if it was needed for heavier use.

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            06.08.2007 21:27
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            good for family use

            ==== Basic Features ===== The product is made of plastic and mainly includes 3 parts. The main bucket of the shredder is transparent. Its size is about 255 x 110 x 110mm. This part is quite light. There are four small rubber pads underneath at each of corner, which helps to the bucket slipping from the table when shredding. The top part containing the shredder mechanism. It has four different colour available, which are blue, orange, pink and black and I chose the orange one. This part is a bit heavier than the bucket. There is a safety cap at a side on a metal bar. The third part is a handle, which also has different colour to match the top lid. ==== Preparations for shredding ===== Before shredding, the separated parts have to been assembled together. This process could not be easier. First keep the bucket clean. Second, put the top lid on. Third, take off the safety cap from the metal bar. Finally, put the handle on the metal bar. Then it will be ready for shredding. ==== Pros ====== 1.Affordable: As this is manual paper shredder, the price is quite cheap. I purchased it a few months ago. It cost me only 2.99 pounds. 2.Easy to use: This product is ever easy to use. After assembly, you put paper on the top and leave a bit in the shredding part, then use handle to finish shredding. 3.The dimension after destroyed is good. After destroyed, each piece of paper is shredded into 3mm strips. However, if you still feel this is not safe enough, you can try to mix all the strips before you throw them into the bin bag. 4.Easy to store: As the shredder is only 255mm x 11mm x 11mm, it can be easily stored into a drawer. It is good for family use. ===== Cons ======= 1.Limitation of shredding: It only works for normal paper without staples, not for hard paper and cards. It only works fine when you shred on piece of paper each time. I tried to put two pieces, I had to use more efforts and it didn't work well. 2.Capacity of bucket: The shredder is easy to store as it has relatively small-size bucket. This is also a cons of this product. As it is small, you have to empty it frequently when shredding. Usually I have to empty it every 5 – 6 pieces of A4 paper I shredded. If I don't empty it in time, some strips will go into the top lid and block shredding. 3.Manual work: As indicated in the name, it is a manual paper shredder, so some efforts shall be paid out. Staples and clippers have to be removed before shredding. 4.Not suitable for office: It is mentioned on the package box, this shredder is “fit for office, school or family use”. However, I can't image an office or school with a huge amount of files required to be shredded will use this small manual shredder. In my opinion, it is only suitable for family use. As I do not have many files to be shredded, I do like this shredder and enjoy using it. Anyway, thanks for reading, rating and commenting this review.

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              08.03.2004 19:38
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              After reading aefra?s excellent opinion on this product earlier this year I made my mind up that if I ever happened across one of these little gadgets on one of my occasional shopping sorties, I?d snap it up quick-smart. Well, it just so happens that whilst wandering around one of the many £1 shops that proliferate my local town centre one day not long afterwards, I came across not just one, but a huge pile of ?Stationery Zone? mini paper shredders ? I had to have one! The bucket of the paper shredder is made of clear plastic, but the top, which includes the shredding mechanism, is made of coloured plastic, and is available in three different colours ? black, pink and blue. The model shown on the outside of the box is the blue one, and I was very taken with it, so chose a blue one for myself. I have to admit that I wasn?t keen on the pink at all, I?m not a pink kind of person. The black one was fine, and would be perfect for a more professional environment than my home, but to be honest it is just a little bit dull, and the blue one appealed to me much more! Now, if you?re not a wee bit sad, like I am, you?ll probably be thinking right now that any paper shredder is going to be dull, whatever the colour, but you see I?m somewhat obsessed by stationary. It?s a real failing of mine, you should just see the bucket full of pens on my desk (and I?m not exaggerating here) along with the huge stack of different coloured and patterned writing pads, I?m a very, very sad case! Still, after choosing my blue topped shredder I paid a measly £5 to take it away, and rushed home to try it out. The box containing the shredder is small enough to fit inside a carrier bag, and it?s not prohibitively heavy, you certainly wouldn?t need a car to get one of these home. Having said that, it is securely packed. The cardboard box it comes in is strong and sturdy and it is also enclosed in a plastic bag inside the box to keep it clean and dry. At home I couldn?t wait to delve in and play with my shredder (oo-er!) Assembly was exceptionally easy, simply a case of removing a safety cap from the end of a metal bar which protrudes from the side of the lid and replacing it with the handle, which is exactly the same blue as the top itself. Once assembled, I immediately had to try the shredder out on the nearest thing to hand, which happened to be the receipt for the shredder itself. I fed the paper into the slot at the top of the shredder, turned the handle, and within a second or two the receipt was transformed into a neat little pile of paper shreddings in the plastic bucket of the shredder. .. More! Moooore! NEED TO SHRED MORE!!! At this point I got a little carried away, and attempted to shred many more pieces of paper, including a window envelope, which the shredder dealt with very capably, the clear plastic window caused it no problems at all. With my shredding mania satiated for a while I deposited the shredder in the study, fully intending to shred the entire outdated contents of my filing cabinet later that day? That was about a month ago, and I haven?t touched it since! However, this morning I got to the point where I really couldn?t put off the filing any longer. A huge mountain of bank statements, electricity bills and the like was threatening to explode out of the in-tray (I know, I know, it really is exceptionally sad that I?ve got an in-tray at home, but I did TELL you I was addicted to stationary!) but the filing cabinet was bursting at the seams, something needed to be done, and fast! Enter the mini shredder? Taking a quick glance at the cardboard box before I shoved it into the bin, I noticed that it proudly proclaims ?does not require batteries or power lead?. Well, personally I?d thought that the handle was a bit of a giveaway to that fact, but still, there was some more relevant information on the side of the box, which follows: Paper inlet 229mm (which, incidentally, is the perfect size for a piece of A4 paper) Not suitable for card Remove all paper clips and staples Keep fingers, loose clothing, hair, ties etc clear of shredding slot when in use. Now, to be honest, none of that is exactly rocket science, though I suppose the manufacturer has to ensure that they?re covered against idiotic behaviour by including these instructions. Honestly, though, unlike an electric shredder which would possibly carry on shredding a tie, hair or even fingers, I think I?d probably notice if I was shredding my own hand and stop turning the handle? Just a thought! Along with the warnings on the exterior of the box is a white outlined square with ?2 sheets? written inside it, which I?m assuming means that the shredder can handle 2 sheets of paper at a time. I?ve tried this, and it will capably shred both pages at once, but it is much harder to turn the handle than with a single sheet of paper, so personally I just tend to shred the one sheet of paper at a time, it might take longer but it is definitely easier on the hands. The next statement on the box is one that I can?t say that I agree with at all. ?Ideal for home and office use? is, I believe, stretching things a little. Whilst this shredder is perfect for occasional home use, I wouldn?t want to have to shred an office load of paper with it, as not only would this be extremely time consuming, but pretty hard on the old hands too. Although the shredder is remarkably well-made and sturdy for the price, I can?t see it holding up to prolonged, heavy use either. < br> The top part of the machine, the shredder itself, is very sturdy, but the plastic bucket for catching the paper feels quite brittle and fragile. If it was dropped on a hard surface I could see it breaking very easily. It is also quite small, and although I experimented to see just how many sheets of A4 paper I could jam into it before the shredder stopped working (18 sheets) you can really only comfortably fit up to 12 sheets in the plastic bucket before you have to empty it, so it does need to be emptied frequently. The shreddings tend to leap out of the bucket when you take the top off, so I?d recommend doing this over the bin. I also found that the last sheet of paper to be shredded would still be protruding from the shredder, and would need to be pulled out by hand, which was a little irritating. Also, because the lid of the shredder is see through plastic, I can see a couple of little shreds of paper which have escaped from the bucket and somehow managed to get themselves jammed behind the shredding mechanism in the lid of the shredder. Whilst there are two rows of screws holding the top together, so it should be possible to take it apart and remove the trapped paper, it does appear that the manufacturer doesn?t want the customer messing about with the sharp bits, as the screws are set about at inch into the lid, and would probably be quite difficult to get at. Another problem I?ve encountered with this machine is that the rubber pads on the bottom of the plastic bucket really aren?t substantial enough to keep the shredder from slipping about on the desk when you use the machine. I found myself having to hold the shredder down, quite firmly, with my left hand, whilst operating the handle with my right, which made it rather difficult to feed the paper into the slot for shredding. Still, this problem improved dramatically once I placed the shredder onto my mouse mat, and con tinued shredding. All in all, for what I paid for this machine, and for the use I?m going to get out of it, I?m extremely happy with my purchase. I?d recommend this paper shredder for home use (or very light office use) to anybody who would like a shredder but is put off by the larger, more expensive electric or battery powered shredders.

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                13.01.2004 23:12
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                skip this first bit to be able to read the review with capital letters intact. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. a. < br>It was a while ago that I read warnings of credit card fraud assisted by the habit of householders dumping personal banking information in their refuse. It seems that not only the obviously well-heeled have the contents of their rubbish searched for bank account and credit card numbers. Even ordinary people like you or me have suffered robbery in this way simply because rogues have obtained secure information. I can't imagine someone scaling my garden fence to root through my wheelie bin, but have been taking precautions. Looking at the prices of office shredders I decided that from £30 to infinity was not worth the use I would have, so took tedious time tearing six-monthsworth at a time of bank and credit card statements with emphasis on the relevant numbers. However, a week ago I popped into one of those marvelous small shops that sell absolutely everything. From cotton reels to pans, doormats to kitchen gadgets and tableware to small garden tools as well as making picture frames to order. Wanting to replace the rubber mat I use in my ceramic sink I squeezed between the narrow gangways (you couldn't call them aisles) and searched the loaded shelves. Finding what I wanted and turning slowly so that I didn't knock into anything my eyes spied a stack of small boxes which told me that each contained a desktop paper shredder. They couldn't be...could they? Paper shredders are bigger than this and have bins beneath them. More than this, the little yellow stick-on label said £4.99. The box I reached for showed a picture of a clear container with a blue lid, attached to which was a plastic handle. It told me that no batteries or power leads were required and I pounced on it gleefully. At this price I could risk it turning out to be a next-to-useless piece of plastic; but for all that didn't open it straight away when I returned home. I later had a pleasant surprise and am pleased with my purchase. The Pierre Farber (despite the French name they are based in Swinton) Desktop Paper Shredder is simplicity itself and sturdy. A clear plastic box measuring 26cm x 11cms x 11cms has an opaque lid through which I could see 2 parallel black rods with a row of circular guide wheels in pairs. As I lifted the reassuringly heavy lid I saw on the underside a long groove containing copper coloured "teeth" through which the paper would feed before falling in 3mm wide strips to the box below (I measured them). A plastic handle when removed from its separate bag would slot onto a cog at the side of the lid after the cap already in place was removed. So there it was; a neat box with a neat lid and a neat handle. There are no instructions, but even a dimwit like myself could work this one out. Before starting I noted the small diagram warnings on the top. I could understand that paper clips and staples should be removed first and the outer had already informed me that the mini shredder was not built for cardboard. However I was a little bemused at the picture of a baby, a hand and a necktie all with warning stripes across them. I think Pierre Faber are suggesting that the device be kept away from children rather than the thought that they may be accidentally dropped through the slot in the top, which is too narrow for my fingers anyway. As for the tie; with a handle to be used this is not going to run away with the operator and pull them through into the works. Better safe than sorry though. I took 30 old A4 bank statements (the largest size the shredder takes) and put them through one at a time. The bottom of the sheet needed to be steadied slightly because of the height of the paper, which was taken up immediately once I turned the handle. I found that I needed to place a hand lightly on the lid to hold the machine steady as there is a reasonable amount of torque. With a satisfying clicking noise from the works the sheets disappeared into the box below, turning into thin strips as they did so. It took me just over 5 minutes to dispose of the statements including emptying the box 3 times. Here I should have prepared myself with a refuse sack close by. I know that an item should be the sum of its parts but not in this case. Quiet, discreet and well behaved sheets of paper multiply alarmingly when reduced to individual strips although I couldn't see anything untoward happening through the clear plastic. When the top was removed they sprung into manically joyful life as they leapt from their confines and I now know why office shredders have large bins beneath them. However, when doing my accounts after Christmas shopping, all those debit card till-receipts took no more than a few moments to shred and just covered the bottom of the chamber. I was so impressed that I raised my grading by a star. Do I think that my £4.99 was well spent? Yes I do and will use this little gadget as it was intended. Personal paperwork will remain secure once it has been removed from its files for disposal and squashed up strips take less room for disposal than torn or crumpled up sheets. Anyway I love gadgets and it is fun. I wouldn't suggest that this is anywhere near large enough for other than the occasional and basic domestic home office use though, as anything of Enro proportions would have had the FBI knocking on the door far too soon. What about the Pink in the title? I hate pink and am not a pink person. Yet The Pink seems to stalk me through life, from the red dye in my jeans which transfers to my undies in careless washer moments to the glass ornaments which friends buy me for Christmas. The sink mat came in bright pink only (for goodness sake!) and the Pierre Farber shredder has a selection of lid colours in pink, orange, blue or black. I didn't have a choice though and mine is pink. Yuk! Note: This was placed under electronics and without the man ufacturer's name by dooyoo, not me.

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                Manual desktop paper shredder. Bank statements, bills, letters¿they can all contain personal information that you¿d rather keep to yourself. Pass them through this easy-to-use paper shredder before you recycle them ¿