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  • Review & Giveaway: Fellowes P-12C paper shredder

    I have a shredder that’s over ten years old – the max capacity is 3 sheets, and it can only run for a short time before overheating. I’ve been considering buying a new shredder but there are so many on the market that I didn’t know where to start, and kept putting it off. So when Fellowes asked if I’d like to review the Fellowes P-12C paper shredder, I was thrilled.

    I immediately fell in love with its speed and capacity. I can shred so much more paper at once – up to 12 sheets in one pass! Plus, it’s so fast, I can barely keep up with feeding it. I also love that it will shred small paper clips and staples, meaning I don’t have to take care to remove those items before feeding them into the shredder. It will shred credit cards too, but not CDs, cardboard, newspaper, and large paper clips.

    The P-12C is definitely safer than my old shredder. The basket where the shredded paper collects slides out like a drawer, so you don’t lift up the top part where you feed in the paper. That means you can’t easily get to the blades, which is a huge danger with my old shredder. The flip side, though, is that it’s a little messier than my old shredder – more little pieces of paper end up on the floor now, but it’s a pretty minor tradeoff.

    Speaking of safety, there is a safety lock switch, and also a sensor that stops the shredder when hands are too close to the opening. These features alone would be worth exchanging my old shredder.

    My only complaint about the P-12C is that the basket doesn’t close flush with the body of the shredder. I probably just got the rare misfit machine but the perfectionist in me balks at the slight bulge where the basket doesn’t quite slide all the way in. Other than that, though, I’m very excited – shredding is one of those things that piles up for me, and I know the Fellowes P-12C shredder is going to save me a lot of time from now on.

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    One lucky CFO reader will win their own Fellowes P-12C paper shredder. To enter this giveaway, visit the Fellowes web site and tell me another Fellowes product you like in the form below. Email, RSS and mobile readers may need to click through to the blog in order to see the form. If you’re having trouble with your entry, you can go directly to the published form. This entry must be completed in order for your subsequent entries to be counted.

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    You can enter up to five times (one for each type), and you must complete the form once per entry. (To see the form again once you’ve completed it, just refresh the page.) Only one entry of each type per email address will be counted. I’ll select the winner using Random.org and announce them here on CFO as well as contact them by email. Winner must respond within 24 hours, otherwise their prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be selected. Additionally, these guidelines apply to all giveaways here at CFO.

    The giveaway ends at 9 p.m. PST on Friday, December 16, 2011, and is open to U.S. residents only (no PO Boxes). Good luck!

    Disclosure: I received a Fellowes P-12C shredder to facilitate this review. Thank you to Fellowes for providing the giveaway prize! Any opinions are my own. Read the full CFO disclosure policy here.