The Embassy paper shredder does its job just fine. I have always preferred a shredder that has cross-cut features because someone could easily take the long shredded paper and put it back together if they really wanted to. At least with the cross cut shredder it is more work for a person to try and figure out which piece goes where. Need your credit card or any other card shredded, well it cuts up plastic cards great as well. So no more taking scissors to them.