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I purchased these based on the positive reviews. There is no way this product could get a 5-star rating. The paper is obviously NOT 24 lb weight. Paper weight feels up to 30% thinner than the claimed 24lb. weight when I compared them to other comparable competitor’s envelopes that were also claiming to be 24lb weight. As other reviewers stated, the security feature is a joke. With a medium light, you can see through the envelope. The glue is a tiny, thin line of glue. The removable paper strip looks to be almost half the size of that shown on the packaging.
My biggest outrage is the paper weight. They claim 24lb.... maybe with the front and back measured together?! This product is meant to deceive. I was suspicious when I saw the picture of the box, as it appeared to be about half the size of a 100 count box of Staples brand envelopes that were a similar product. Now I know why! I suspect the glowing 5 Star reviews to be fake or at the best, reviews that were place years ago when "maybe" the product was manufactured better. In either case, DO NOT BUY THESE! I'll go back to Staples or some other office store to see what they have. The Staples brand I bought about five years ago were really nice, but they too have been cost-reduced and are no where near the quality they used to be, but they are still better than these.
Not enough "stick-um" on the seal but not worth the hassle of a return. That has been an issue with the last several boxes I've obtained from various sources. Since it won't seem to stay "stuck", I add a piece of tape... seems like a needless step if the manufacturer would just use enough adhesive!
Recently I needed to reorder self-sealing business envelopes, but found that the ones I previously ordered and liked, while still available, no longer qualify for Amazon Prime, and the shipping charge was equal to the cost of the envelopes! Time to look elsewhere. Researching alternatives on Amazon, I found that although these Aimoh envelopes received overall quite good reviews, there were also several less positive reviews that identified some potential key problems, such as insufficient weight and opacity of the envelope, and a weak seal. Here is what I found:
I think the seal is quite good. Immediately after sealing, I tried to reopen the envelope. I had to put some effort into pulling (more than is needed to remove the protective strip), but I was able to eventually reopen the envelope cleanly, so that after resealing it was not obvious that it had been opened and re-closed. Then I waited a day and did it again. This time the seal was more difficult to break, and afterwards it was clear that it had been sealed and opened. I guess it depends on what you are asking this envelope to do for you. If you are concerned about someone secretly opening the letter, studying the contents, and re-closing without leaving a trace, this envelop may or may not be adequate, depending on the time between when you sealed the envelope and when the envelope is secretly opened. However, if your goal is to have a convenient envelope that can be trusted to not spontaneously open and spill its contents in transit, I really think this product is going to be reliable and is much more than adequate.
Likewise, the weight and opacity seem more than adequate. When I held the envelope containing a check up to natural light, there was no indication the envelope contained a check. When I held the envelope up to my desk lamp, right on the lamp shade, I could see the shadow of the check, but I couldn't read it. Again, that's good enough for me.
I'm quite happy with my purchase. Now, when I pay the few bills that don't come with an addressed envelope, it is costing me only 9 cents for the envelope. If I had gone with the brand I used before - which might be nominally better quality, it would have cost me 23 cents - just for the envelope! Perhaps this distinction only looms large to me because I still remember ice cream cones costing a nickel. Whatever. Psychologically I am delighted I took a chance on Aimoh!