Best Credit Card Shredders (Tips & Advice)

Credit Card Shredders from ABC OfficeIf you’re in the market for a paper shredder, but would also like to have the ability to shred credit cards, you may be wondering where to start. While many shredders are capable of shredding credit cards, not all have the capability. Shredding credit cards on a non-capable shredder can cause catastrophic jams. Here are a few tips that should get you on the right path.

To begin with, fraud is a continuous battle that we all have to deal with. An improperly discarded credit card can be a one-way ticket to a huge headache. It is recommended to properly dispose of credit cards once they expire or are no longer needed.

While some people simply cut credit cards up with a pair of scissors, this isn’t 100 percent effective, and if done improperly, data can still be read and accessed. It is recommended to shred unneeded credit cards.

Shredders provide an even, uniform and effective way of destroying credit cards. Most modern-day strip cut shredders are capable of shredding credit cards. This because strip cut shredders have fewer moving parts and require less force to shred.

If you are shredding a credit card on a strip cut shredder, feed the card into the shredder at an angle. This will decrease the chance of the credit card numbers making it through unscathed. I personally like to inspect the shredded strips after shredding a credit card to make sure the shredder did the job.

Strip cut shredders are usually fine for shredding credit cards, but if you want to be 100% sure your credit card can’t be read, use a cross cut shredder. Cross cut shredders leave no room for doubt as they effectively shred credit cards in a crisscross pattern.

Not all cross cut shredders can shred credit cards, however, most modern-day office shredders can. Paper shredder product pages should mention that they can shred credit cards. If they don’t mention the ability to shred credit cards, assume they can’t.

Shredding a credit card in an incapable cross cut shredder will more often than not result in a jam. Prying 30 mil plastic strips out of a cross cut shredder is no fun. Worst-case scenario, this can result in gear or motor damage.

You can find our entire selection of both strip cut and cross cut paper shredders here. Remember, our shredders will indicate they can shred credit cards if they are so capable. Feel free to contact one of our paper shredder specialists at 1-800-658-8788 if you need assistance tracking down a credit card shredder.

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