Overstock.com is amazing. Their prices are really competitive and the inexpensive shipping is clutch. When I received this product I was satisfied with the quality. It doesnt at all seem cheap and flimsy like I half expected it to. It also does exactly what it says it does- make stickers. I originally bought it for one reason- to make labels for shipping. After having it for about two weeks I admit that I have used it for a lot more then that! Labels, decoupage, and all kinds of cuteness. The only downside to this product is the complete lack of support when something goes wrong. When my cartridge became jammed, I scoured the internet for a diagram or instructions on how to put it back together. There is absolutely NOTHING on Xyrons website that explains this. The only instructions that are on their website and in the manual is how to replace a cartridge. That is really disappointing, as I kind of get the feeling that Xyron is really just making their fortune on cartridge replacements and are concealing cartridge repair to encourage you to just buy a new one. That wouldnt be a problem if the cartridges didnt cost almost as much as the entire machine. Long story short, I did end up fixing the cartridge, but I wasted a lot of material doing so. If I didnt love the product so much I would definitely not recommend this.
I love this little machine! It's so easy to use just the right size and not have a lot of waste like other sizes or machines. Glue sticks are just not as secure as the 100% sticky back that this little thing provides.
I use the Xyron 500 mostly for attaching labels on boxes. It works great. I print the labels from the computer and use a paper trimmer to cut them to less than 5 inches wide. I just have to be sure that I feed the paper in straight, like any of these laminating type machines. I have labels that look great and stay on the boxes well. I just wish these machines were more environmentally friendly, waste-wise. I have not used it for items thicker than paper.
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