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April 5, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Staples Mailmate shredder demo

Mailmateshredder_1 Paco McFuentes points out:

If you click on Staples Mailmate junk mail shredder demo link, you are taken to a flash video showing the shredder working on a CD and a letter in its envelope.

This demo is broken because the video is an animation - rather than showing the actual product in use.  Also, the clips show debris shooting out *from* the shredder - if the Staples Mailmate shredder actually did that, it would literally be broken.



Posted by: vulcanlogic7 at April 5, 2007 12:10 AM

I really like how the shaking image is just a blown up image, so it looks that much worse

Posted by: nasion at April 5, 2007 12:44 AM

Mailmatge Shredder: Must wear protective goggles.

Posted by: GinoLeTV at April 5, 2007 01:00 AM

Yeah I love the part in the cd demo where the sharp, triangular fragments shoot out at all angles. Forget goggles, you need a full kevlar suit just to go near the thing.

Posted by: Knights_Who_Say_Ni at April 5, 2007 06:09 AM

What's really broken is getting the junk mail in the first place.

I try to opt-out of the mailing lists where I can, and where I can't I write "Refused" on the mail and put it back in the mailbox. I collect the return addresses in an Excel sheet and occasionally write my postmaster asking them to not deliver to me mail from those addresses. I didn't ask for it, so I don't see why I should be the one responsible for getting rid of it.

See sections 1.1.1 through 1.1.4 at

Posted by: Peter Cooper Jr. at April 5, 2007 09:00 AM

If you let it sit for a minute after playing the "CD to Bits" demo, the machine starts spitting out even more shards. I think someone had fun making this.

Posted by: dx27s at April 5, 2007 09:02 AM

Peter Cooper Jr.,

Thanks that was very useful.

Posted by: arcticJKL at April 5, 2007 10:16 AM

This Is Lame.

Please find better things to post. There are a plethora of truly amazingly bad and broken things in the world; this is not one of them.

Posted by: Brad Fults at April 5, 2007 11:47 AM

Yeah, I don't know if it's truly broken, but it IS funny!

Posted by: ambrocked at April 5, 2007 01:53 PM

I'm not sure I'd want to buy a shredder that spits the shreds back out onto the floor instead of into the bin.

Posted by: Jacob Cohen at April 5, 2007 04:20 PM

This is very broken because the demo doesn't demonstrate anything.

Posted by: Tnm at April 5, 2007 07:15 PM

Yes, this is broken, but not for the reason you suspect.

You see, this animation is so clearly out of whack that someone had to have intentionally made it look bad. So that means that the person who made it was a hideously disgruntled employee.

When your workers are that unhappy, you are a broken company. ;)

Posted by: The Pondermatic at April 6, 2007 05:34 PM

Guffaw! dx27s is right! If you wait a minute or so, it starts spewing gobs of CD shards! And then does it again another minute later!

All that's missing from this Flash movie is buzzsaw noises!

Posted by: DavesBrain at April 11, 2007 09:21 AM

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