So a colleague at work decides that we need a paper shredder in our new office.
Our office was sans shredder and thus incomplete and unfulfilled in its officeness.
He sees one in the local ALDI store at the quite reasonable price of $69. It's sold under the brand OfficePro. We don't need to shred heaps of stuff and it looks OK what with terrific features like confetti cut and separate slot for CDs and credit cards so he buys it.
Here's the front cover of the box:
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He takes it out of the box, sets it up as per the instructions and places it on the floor next to the fax machine.
Wanting to test his new toy he turns it on, grabs a bit of paper and sticks it in the top.
The noise that emanated from the thing sounded like this:
Actually, it sounded much like a duck, having pissed off Saddam Hussein, being fed through a tree shredder at Abu Ghraib.
It certainly was unexpected, especially given what is clearly stated on the side of the box:
Having not read the instructions he then decided to see how many bits of paper it could handle so he grabbed 10 or 12 and stuck them in at which point it became necessary to work out how to use the reverse function.
A quick perusal of what passed for a user manual indicated a maximum of 7 pages at a time.
Clearly, in China they have much thinner paper than the 80gsm of standard office paper. 5 pages is more like the limit.
Well, at least the motor is durable if not quiet. Right?
Not according to the separate piece of paper found in the instruction manual.
How good is that, eh?
A whole two minutes of shredding before getting a 30 minute break.
It must have a labour agreement with the auto unions.
So a shredder sold under the brand OfficePro and featuring a "durable quiet motor" turns out not to be suitable for an office and has neither a durable nor a quiet motor.
I wonder how long it will last?