I was at WalMart the other day and I saw this laminator for $23.44. Since I have so many games and cards that I like to laminate, my husband urged me to buy it. He said he could use it for laminating his hiking maps and photographs. I came home and immediately tried it out and I am very impressed. It was easy and did a very professional job. I lamintated card stock game boards for one of my games and they were very sturdy. The machine is not big and it heated up in about 8 minutes. The laminating pouches roll through easily on their own. The letter-size (8.5 X 11) pouches are sold in packs of 20 and cost $ 7.77 which is about 34 cents each. The 5 X 7 size of laminating pouches were only $2.38 for a pack of 20. It’s very hot in Texas some parts of the year (not now!), and the students’ hands tend to cause the ink to run on my games and flash cards if I don’t laminate them. Those of you in cooler climates may not have this problem.
If you’re on a strict budget, this might be too expensive for you. In that case, you can laminate with the clear book covers that I mention a lot.