Laminating at a box store

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  1. giraffe326

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    Anyone know about how expensive it is to get things laminated at Staples/Office Depot/Office Max?
    I always have had unlimited access to a laminator at my NC school.
     
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    I've not used the big box stores, but our local teachers supply store charge .25 cents a foot.
     
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    We don't have a local teacher supply store. It closed about 5 years ago. I honestly don't know where another is- probably at least an hour away!
     
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    I once had something laminated at a Kinko's (I think?) and it was quite expensive.

    How large are the items? Would it be less expensive to invest in a letter-sized laminator from Amazon or the likes?
     
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    Nothing large at the moment (possibly in the future). Just regular 8.5 x 11 cardstock. About 60-70 sheets.
     
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    I looked into this once and was SHOCKED at how expensive it was. I remember Staples (or Kinkos..but I think it was Staples) charges by the square foot, not linear foot. SO expensive! I always go to Lakeshore (teacher store chain) because it's 19 cents per linear foot for teacher club members. If I were in your situation and didn't have a Lakeshore, I think I would buy a personal laminator. is only $25 on Amazon! The pouches can be pricey, but it might be more cost effective in the long run. I've thought of buying one myself, actually. I still might...I have a LOT to laminate...
     
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    Well, you could always go to an Office Depot and ask how much they would charge. Mention you're a teacher.

    I love my personal laminator...and 50 sheets/pockets to laminate is about $10 (I think?)
     
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    Nice to know about Lakeshore! My teacher store here in the Bay Area is 60 cents per linear foot. I just wish the Lakeshore was closer! :)
     
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    There is actually a Lakeshore about 15-20 minutes from my interview on Wednesday. How do I become a member?
     
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    Honestly, the stuff is mainly self created and 1 thing off of TPT. I'm probably better off not laminating it and reprinting it if/when I move rooms/schools.
     
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    I wanted to get my SRA kit laminated so I went to Office Depot. There were about 100 cards (smaller than a file folder) and they quoted over $500!!!!! I passed.
     
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    Laminating at Lakeshore is pretty inexpensive. There is one right down the street from me, and I have gone there quite a few times. It's "self-serve". I think I just filled out a form to get the teacher card.
     
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    Yep. I can't remember now if it's 19 cents or 29 cents per linear foot. It takes about 2 minutes to become a teacher club member. You just give them your address maybe? If you're going to be near a Lakeshore, I would go that route! I love it because they let you do it yourself.
     
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    Our teacher store is $1.00 per foot. We have a small laminator at school but it won't laminate large items like posters or file folders so I have been looking around for a store who does it. A friend of mine goes to Staples. I'm sure you can call around and see who has the better price.
     
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    If you're only laminating 8.5 x 11 inch products you will be VERY happy with buying a personal laminator. The quality of the lamination is much thicker than the large rolls of film.
     
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    It's really expensive at the box stores.
     
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    I've been wanting to do this but I always hesitate because of the cost of the pouches - how much are they, and where do you buy them from?

    Are these good? And a good price? I have no idea: http://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Therma...1374602077&sr=8-1&keywords=lamination+pouches
    Looks like you can also get 200 pouches for $28. That seems ok, I think?

    I have a ton to laminate this year and I would love to be able to do it at home...
     
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    Those are the pouches I purchase (I usually buy the 50 at a time, as I don't do THAT much laminating). They're pretty good and the machine does a fairly good job. There are the few times one may get bubbles or such, but nine times out of ten, it's a good result. :)
     
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    Hmmm. I may have to go that route!
     

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