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When going to a store like FedEx Office (formerly Kinko's) to attempt to laminate items, it helps to have some idea of what to expect. Do you want to ask someone behind the counter to do the work for you, or would you rather do it yourself at whatever the store has to offer? What is the difference in price between those options? Is it worth the extra money for you to avoid the hassle?

If you've ever been in to a place like FedEx Office, or any other copy/print/ship store, you know that it can be a little daunting. Even something as simple as making a copy can be a little overwhelming, even with the store's assurance that everything is so simple.

The good news is, at a FedEx Office store, they charge the same amount for self-serve laminating as they do for their service. In other words, you can bring in your documents and choose to laminate them yourself, or you can hand them to someone behind the counter and let them do it for you.

The pricing may vary from store to store, but probably not by much. At FedEx Office, you simply walk into the store and locating the laminating counter. It's in the self-serve area, near printers and copiers. There are instructions on the table that explain what to do, and there is a pricing guide as well. The pricing is as follows:

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For ID cards or tags, it's $1.25 per sheet.

For standard sheets of paper (8.5" x 11"), the price is $1.99 per sheet.

If you have bigger paper, the price will go up. For 11" x 17" you will pay $3.99/sheet.

And if you have just plain big items, like posters or signs, you will pay $3 per square foot.

The 8.5" x 11" and 11" x 17" paper is standard, and you can do that yourself. For the bigger stuff you won't have the self-serve option.

The instructions provided by FedEx Office are simple and easy to follow. Simply place your document in a laminating pouch, place the pouch inside the protective sheet, make sure the laminator is turned on, then feed your item through the laminator.

See also Laminator Accessories

So, if you have just a small job, and you don't think you'll ever want/need to laminate anything again, it might be worth it to pay the price at your local print shop. But, if you are getting really into scrapbooking or preserving other items, or you are shopping for your business or school that will need more laminating in the future, it's probably best to find a solid, dependable laminator that matches your needs. In the long run, you'll save money, and you'll have the convenience of using your own laminating machine in your own home, office, or school.

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