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Who better to market a portable, affordable handheld "shredder" than the folks who sell those "As Seen on TV" products?

A handful of companies now make shredding scissors, which look a bit goofy, like four or five pairs of scissors bolted together, but they're actually rather ingenious. You manipulate them like regular scissors, but the multi-blade design means they cut and shred at the same time. They're good for small shredding jobs such as ATM and cash register receipts, unwanted credit card offers or anytime you don't want to deal with a full-size electric shredder. Sold under names such as Shredder Hand by Compact Impact and Easy Shred Scissors, with as many as 10 blades and varying handle sizes, the scissors are said to be able to cut through credit cards. For fun, multi blade scissors can be used to make party confetti or in scrapbooking and other crafts. Kitchen use is also not out of the question.

For a home or small office that doesn't have a shredder, shredding scissors would be a welcome addition to the desk drawer. Also, since the scissors are literally hand-powered, you won't have to worry about running out of batteries or searching for a power supply. Just don't run with them.

Shredder scissors run from about $8 to $15 and are available through several online and brick-and-mortar retailers.

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