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Where to get "grip seal bags"?

chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 3,022
edited January 2016 in Buying & Selling Topics
easy question ware in the uk do you find lots of grip seal bags like the type that brick-link sellers use to send lego in.


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  • TheMaker37TheMaker37 Norfolk,VaMember Posts: 492
    In the US I get them at hobby/craft stores.
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,966
    I found mine here http://bfy.tw/3cCY

    SprinkleOtter
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 2,260
    Also amazon can be a good source for them although it can be a bit trial and error with the quality of some of them.
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,966
    For bricks and mortar stores, I'd recommend the resealable freezer/sandwich bags in Home Bargains. The large ones come in packs of 15, and the mediums come in 20s.

    They have a white section on them so you can write on them with a marker pen, and they have a sliding tab which makes them so much easier to open and seal them.

    I find them useful for packing away sets when space needs to be reclaimed!
  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 3,022
    For bricks and mortar stores, I'd recommend the resealable freezer/sandwich bags in Home Bargains. The large ones come in packs of 15, and the mediums come in 20s.

    They have a white section on them so you can write on them with a marker pen, and they have a sliding tab which makes them so much easier to open and seal them.

    I find them useful for packing away sets when space needs to be reclaimed!
    that shop is not even close to me. any of them.
    i need a place with lot's of outlets in the south of england
  • mountebankmountebank Member Posts: 1,237
    I've heard rumours that you can buy them very cheaply on something called The Internet. Your main problem will be getting access to this The Internet thing. It's invitation only and is very difficult to get invited. I've had no luck with this at all but you might be luckier.
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  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 3,022
    yes yes, did i say i dont like e-bay at-all. and on top of that i dont like buying small stuff on amazon from 3rd party sellers

    so a shop i can walk into be nice. thanks.
    it take me 3 weeks to find what to call the same bag's
  • joel4motionjoel4motion United KingdomMember Posts: 959
    You will more than likely find them cheaper, including postage from an ebay seller than buying them in a stationers on the high street. 
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,052
    You can get them in IKEA as well, but not the small ones for a couple of pieces, but to pack away sets, very good. Got two seals as well, so extra safety. You can also just buy freezer bags in your local supermarket if you want bigger ones.
  • koshkakoshka UK/SwedenMember Posts: 193
    I just went through this and in the end I went with ebay. eposgear offered all kinds of sizes and volumes and the ones that I received seem to be of reasonably good quality (£2.19 for 100 inc. P&P). I just used some of them to sort a relative's coin collection and they haven't looked like splitting. I had a look around Poundland and the 99p store today to see if they sell anything similar but they only had jiffy style envelopes in fairly small pack sizes.
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,640
    You will more than likely find them cheaper, including postage from an ebay seller than buying them in a stationers on the high street. 
    Agreed. I always buy my grip seal bags from eBay. They're dirt cheap and postage is free.
  • Ian_SIan_S UKMember Posts: 66
    Staples carry a fair range of such bags if you want to go the bricks and mortar route.
  • LobotLobot UKMember Posts: 1,004

    @chrisalddin - have a look at this before you disregard ebay:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Grip-Seal-Bags-Self-Press-Resealable-Polythene-Clear-Poly-Plastic-Zip-Lock-Bags-/121358416828?var=&hash=item1c41867bbc:m:m_XgVd2Qlm2ZPvDkF2c0QQw

    I've ordered several thousand of these from this seller and they're brilliant value for money; for example 1000 of 89mm x 114mm for £8.95 delivered!  They ship via Royal Mail 48hr, usually within a day or so.

  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,966
    For bricks and mortar stores, I'd recommend the resealable freezer/sandwich bags in Home Bargains. The large ones come in packs of 15, and the mediums come in 20s.

    They have a white section on them so you can write on them with a marker pen, and they have a sliding tab which makes them so much easier to open and seal them.

    I find them useful for packing away sets when space needs to be reclaimed!
    that shop is not even close to me. any of them.
    i need a place with lot's of outlets in the south of england
    Unless you're planning on buying a crazy amount, you probably only need one outlet that's near you :)
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,594
    Try Hobbycraft for "Beads Unlimited"  sealable bags in various small sizes.  
    NickF22
  • TigerMothTigerMoth Member Posts: 2,343
    paul_merton said:

    Unless you're planning on buying a crazy amount, you probably only need one outlet that's near you :)
    I think he meant that having lots of outlets would give people a reasonable chance of having one close to them, especially for those who don't drive. In some areas, that just isn't the case.
    chrisalddin said:

    so a shop i can walk into be nice. thanks.
    it take me 3 weeks to find what to call the same bag's
    Ryman sell a few, if you want a bricks-and-mortar store so you can have a look and there's quite a lot of them in High Streets. (Mind you, my experience of Ryman is that a particular branch will never have what you want when you want it!) So do Staples, but they can be a bit thin on the ground. Some of the supermarkets sell zip-seal food bags, but the bigger ones aren't necessarily particular easy to access.
  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 3,022
    Lobot said:

    @chrisalddin - have a look at this before you disregard ebay:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Grip-Seal-Bags-Self-Press-Resealable-Polythene-Clear-Poly-Plastic-Zip-Lock-Bags-/121358416828?var=&hash=item1c41867bbc:m:m_XgVd2Qlm2ZPvDkF2c0QQw

    I've ordered several thousand of these from this seller and they're brilliant value for money; for example 1000 of 89mm x 114mm for £8.95 delivered!  They ship via Royal Mail 48hr, usually within a day or so.

    see. this is why i posted the question,
    ok i dont like e-bay but this is a item that been got by others and recommended it for me to get. that i can live with.

    i have booked marked this link,
    thanks for the help.
    one think i like about this seller is that size are in both type, (as i only know MM (CM) off the top of my head this is a big help.
    now i just have to work out the size i will need.

    again thank you.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,677
    yes yes, did i say i dont like e-bay at-all. and on top of that i dont like buying small stuff on amazon from 3rd party sellers

    so a shop i can walk into be nice. thanks.
    it take me 3 weeks to find what to call the same bag's
    If you don't like eBay at all, or small sellers on Amazon, what are you planning on doing with these bags? If selling minifigs / parts then hopefully other buyers will trust you as a seller.

    I buy mine on Amazon, I paid about £3 for 1000 1.5*2.5 inch bags.
  • TigerMothTigerMoth Member Posts: 2,343
    CCC said:

    I buy mine on Amazon, I paid about £3 for 1000 1.5*2.5 inch bags.
    You haven't got a small set of scales as well, have you?

    :-)

    Oh! They're for minifgs.
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  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 3,022
    CCC said:
    yes yes, did i say i dont like e-bay at-all. and on top of that i dont like buying small stuff on amazon from 3rd party sellers

    so a shop i can walk into be nice. thanks.
    it take me 3 weeks to find what to call the same bag's
    If you don't like eBay at all, or small sellers on Amazon, what are you planning on doing with these bags? If selling minifigs / parts then hopefully other buyers will trust you as a seller.

    I buy mine on Amazon, I paid about £3 for 1000 1.5*2.5 inch bags.
    storing Lego, cheaply!

  • TigerMothTigerMoth Member Posts: 2,343
    chrisalddin said:

    storing Lego, cheaply!
    Also consider microwave food containers (takeaway-style plastic containers) available in pound stores - typically half a dozen (depending on size) for £1.
  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,291
    When I lived in the US and Canada, the small ones are very accessible to get at any hobbycraft/dollar/grocery store cheaply, but in the UK I really have to search to find them. If I'm desperate (ie, don't want to wait for eBay delivery) I've found the best bet was a pack of 50 at The Works for .99p.  But value wise I've always found the best to be from eBay.  Of course for the larger ones any Tesco will have them, but like @snowhitie I like the double seal Ikea ones, the pack you get in two sizes.  I load up at Ikea when I can get there as I find them supremely useful - takes me two bus journeys and more than an hour to get there and the same on the way back!
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,677
    For storing Lego, I wouldn't use the smaller ones then. They are OK for one use but I find them fiddly to reuse. Often the quickest way to get parts out is to rip them. OK for long term storage with no use, but not if you intend to use the Lego. 
  • Kevin_HyattKevin_Hyatt UKMember Posts: 778
    We buy from a seller called Charmschool UK on eBay. Inexpensive, good quality and fast delivery.
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,893
    edited January 2016
    I've recently bought a load from http://www.allpacksolutions.co.uk/product.php?xProd=146&xSec=14 which was recommended to me by someone in Brickish. They seem to be cheaper than most on eBay, e.g. £4 per 1000 for 3.5x4.5 inches, half that of the eBay seller linked to above.

    Free delivery on your first order, too.
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  • jonboy2000jonboy2000 Member Posts: 242
    Has anyone ever found these snack bags in the UK (and at a decent price).  They are the same width as a sandwich bag but about 1/3 of the height (which I find much more practical)

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Value-Snack-Bags-100-Ct/11997739
    KingAlanI
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,420
    @jonboy2000 I've had some similar from Tesco or Sainsburys but were printed with a fruit pattern. 
  • CoyotelilyCoyotelily God's Own County, UKMember Posts: 660
    @jonboy2000  I get good quality medium and large bags from B&M bargains I think there is 60-100 in a box depending on the size for about £1.
  • matrox2001matrox2001 Member Posts: 11
     Poundland do 'press and seal' found with the kitchen stuff in three diffrent sizes about 5x4 inch 6x8 and 7x10 I think boxes of 40 or 50 or so. Have bought smaller and larger sizes from a seller called eposgear on ebay good quality and quick postage. http://stores.ebay.co.uk/EPOSGEAR?_trksid=p2047675.l2563
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,131
    They seem to be small Ziploc-style bags. Those should be easy to find in regular stores. Is there any difference besides size?
    I fit partially disassembled Bionicle Protectors into sandwich bags (6.5x6.5in, 17x17cm).
    @jonboy2000 is on the same track, though snack bags are more like half the height of sandwich bags. Quart bags are slightly taller, and gallon bags about 1.5 times as tall and wide.

    I use old pill jars for storing various small items, including tinier LEGO pieces.
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