Buyer's Guide: Shredding Services


Ever wondered whether you should hire a Shredding Service or purchase your own shredder? Here are some important points to consider before selecting a paper shredding service over buying your own shredder:
  • Price: In these tough economical times, we know how difficult it is to purchase a large shredding machine. But your security is not something to take lightly. We have a variety of Shredders from Personal Shredders all the way up to Industrial Shredders. Still think a Shredding Service would be less expensive for you? Consider this: Most Shredding Services charge 3-4 times the actual amount that it costs them to shred your documents. Why get taken by expensive shred services when you can purchase your own shredder and have it paid off in what would be 2-5 months of a shredding service? Also consider the space that all of the shredded material will be taking up until the shred service takes it. With a couple of shredders, you can use less floor space than having bin after bin full of paper.
  • Additional Fees: While Shredding Services may seem inexpensive on the outside, you need to consider what exactly they are charging you for. For example, we sold a shredder to a customer who was switching from a shredding service because of the bills they were receiving. They were originally quoted $300 / month for 10 bins of paper to shred. What the Shred Service failed to mention was the surcharges that are not included in the price. For example: most Shredding Services charge additional fees for fuel, the number of pounds they will be removing from your property, the time spent in the building, the number of bins they pick up, and some even charge an additional fee for shredding the paper on sight.
  • Insecure: Another fact to consider is the Shredding Services are not secure. Nearly all document shredding services use a Security Level 1 or 2 Shredder. This means that your important documents will be shred into strips 1/4" - 1/8" thick. This leaves your paper in as few as 34 long strips. It may sound secure, but think about this: puzzles with over 100 pieces can be put together very quickly, and for someone as determined as a thief, putting together a 34 strip puzzle would be a piece of cake. Here is another example of how insecure Shred Services can be: We had another customer who was being billed for a shred service on an additional, nonexistent, building of his company. He had three buildings, and for 10 years the Shredding Service was "ghost billing" him for shred services on a forth building.

If you need any help selecting a shredder that is right for you, please don't hesitate to call us at (866)537-2244


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