With tax season having come and left, now is the time to start cleaning up paperwork (especially old tax papers) and it is important to be aware of identity theft. With identity theft on the rise each year and a reported one in 20 Americans at risk for becoming a victim, wanted to offer you the opportunity to make sure you don’t become a statistic.
The best and easiest way to secure your identity? Enlist the help of a shredder. Staples just launched a new line of extremely small shredders, ” the Minimate,” that can sit right on your desktop. They’re perfect for your work, desk or home office to be sure any personal/company information are safely disposed of.
- Compact, light-weight and small enough for a desktop or to move from room to room
- Can handle up to 6-full-size sheets as well as CDs, DVDs, paper clips, and credit cards and more
- Is perfect to shred bank statements, credit card statements, and tax, medical, and legal papers
- Easy-open base makes cleaning easy and mess-free
I admit I am terrible at using our shredder, mainly because it is gets pushed so far under the desk and its big and clunky. I also have our shredder in our home office but I usually open mail in the kitchen. What I love about the Staples Minimate Cross-Cut Shredder is that it is small and portable. It is a little heavier than I expected, but if it was too lightweight I would think it was cheap and flimsy. The Minimate is durable and while it is not for heavy duty shredding it is perfect for the everyday use, it actually says it can be used up to 25 times per day!
The Minimate fits nicely on my desk and is very convenient. It doesn’t have a very long plug but long enough to sit on my desk and reach the outlet. On the front of the shredder there is an On/Off button but what is nice, especially if you have kids around, there is also a button on the side you need to turn on. It makes it a little harder for kids to use it, but of course smart kids can figure it out if they really wanted to. I was able to shred a full sheet of paper with no problem and I love that I will be able to more securely shred our documents and I figure with the amount of shredding I do I will only have to empty it once a week or so. I love too that I can shred credit cards if need be because in the past I have just cut them to shreds myself. Overall, the Staples Minimate is great and I recommend checking it out, especially if you have given up on other shredders.
(Even though it has an On/Off button on the front, there is also one on the side that needs to be turned on which is nice if you have kids around.)
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