Time to Buy a New Shredder? Apparently Not, Thanks to Amazon Reviews
I have a small-ish shredder in my home office (it can handle three sheets of paper at a time). It's been a workhorse for years, but last night, the poor thing started running more and more slowly, and, groaning, ground to a halt. Hmm, time to get a new one, I guessed. And frankly, a bigger one, as well. I only shred documents that have sensitive information on them, but since I am very assiduous about avoiding identity theft (I like my credit rating where it is, thanks), that does include a lot of documents. It gets a bit tiresome feeding three sheets at a time.
So, I get on Amazon looking for a new shredder, and I am cheap, so I filter my results by "Price-Low to High", and on the low end, I'm seeing a bunch of entries for "lubricating sheets" and "shredder oil". Um, what? Yes, folks, I am ignorant. I did not know this was a thing, this need to lubricate one's shredder. It does make sense, in a hindsight kind of way. So, maybe my little shreddy buddy can be saved instead of replaced?
I wasn't sure what to buy--the sheets were about $15 a pack and the cheapest oil was $9. I wasn't sure exactly how one applies oil, so I clicked on it to see if there were any directions. There was nothing in the directions, but frequently people write very helpful stuff in the reviews, so I scrolled down to those. Not only did I find out that "shredder oil" is just plain old canola oil, which I might have in my own kitchen (I have peanut oil, olive oil and coconut oil--gonna have to check for canola), one can easily make a "lubricating sheet" by putting canola oil on a regular old piece of paper (including, presumably, something I already want to shred). So, I'm going to see if it's not too late for the baby shredder. If it is, well, I wanted a bigger one anyway, and now I know I have to lubricate it, and how to do so, cheaply.
Thanks, Amazon reviews!
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