Harland Clarke Checks

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I'm paying bills with checks as I type this and these checks are junk! Every time I tear one out, they shred along the top tear point, or the check copy comes out of the book altogether.

This is rubbish, as sooner or later check copies will be fluttering everywhere, and some envelopes are so small that I have to "fix" the tear portion of the check so that I can stuff it in the envelope.

And no, I haven't complained to anyone, I'm just griping and won't order from these people again.
     
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Principissa on 02/20/2009:
I had a similar issue with our new checks from a different company. The copy kept detaching from the check book and I had little carbon copies floating around everywhere. I had to search through envelopes any time I needed to make sure a check cleared. Pain in the butt.
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
Very Helpful.
BokiBean on 02/20/2009:
Thanks. I'm looking at checkworks.com for my next order, we'll see if they can do better.
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
Boki, when I first saw this review I thought that you were coming on here "blaming the bank" for not covering your checks. I should have known better, huh? (VH)
madconsumer on 02/20/2009:
um, okay ....
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
I haven't written a check since last Christmas. Checks are so old fashion but I do recall when I did write checks the quality was getting less and less. Anymore I just order from the bank because those are pretty high quality and also because with my account they're free.

I figured one of the fine my3cent's members would step up with some recommendations.. What say you fine members? (VH)
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
MC, if you don't have anything to offer other than an umm, okay.. why do you say anything at all? You just like to get attention whether positive or negative so you stir the pot. So yah, say I'm trolling you. Whatever! And I fully expect to be [snipped] or deleted for that comment.

Boki, I had a set of checks from the bank that did the same thing...I told them about it and they sent me a new box within three days. I think the perforation at the top of the check wasn't cut properly (however that works). I know that it may not be practical to order again from this company but it is good to know about this particular brand of checks. I use online bill pay through the credit union now for most everything so thankfully this isn't much of an issue.
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
Great comment madconsumer. I anxiously await your next syllable.
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
Considering the expense of check printing (compared to all other printshop work, the OP is justified in being a bit peeved. Good post.
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
Crabman, that is an inappropriate attack on madconsumer's intelligence, please retract at once. Thank you.
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
Okay, justbcuz, you got me. I will retract my previous statement.

That was not a great comment madconsumer and I do not anxiously await your next syllable.

Is that better JBC?
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
How many syllables are in the word "towel"? In Kentucky I think there is just one. Give me a head's up please.
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
It'd be nice to see everyone treated with a little respect that's all. carry on, I should know better than to think a point can be made around here without a snide comeback.
Nohandle on 02/20/2009:
At one time Harland Clarke was the premium check provider offered by banks. They are more expensive than many and I would expect them to be of higher quality. Now I guess go with the cheapest since the quality will be about the same regardless. And Crab, checks might be old fashioned but sometimes that's the only alternative.
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
One syllable is what I'd say without Googling. It is probably a regional thing. Here's a toughy for anyone east of the Mississippi....How many syllables are in GREEN?
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
Oops, sorry Boki. My towel question ended up on the wrong review.
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
Nohandle -- I agree sometimes there is no alternative and at those times I scramble around trying to find my check book. Honestly I probably write six or less checks a year.
BokiBean on 02/20/2009:
Oh for real, I'm old fashioned about it. I get enormous satisfaction out of writing checks and mailing them, even though its a pain sometimes. I'm a luddite when it comes to banks, etc dipping into my account so I've never even looked into automatic payments. My family gives me flack about it all the time, but you're talking to a girl who still hangs clothes on the line.. :)

Nohandle, yeah these checks were a bit on the pricey side (like 20 something bucks for one box) but its easy and quick (lazy). I'm taking your advice and going for the cheapos, they can't be any worse.

Crab, these were indirectly through my credit union. Just tear off the order form on a pack of checks. Not free though! That's a nice little perk from your bank.

hahaha@Sheriff, down here that's pronounced "tal".

John that is excellent advice, but I'm too darned lazy. lol

*lots of VH's thrown out here*

DebtorBasher on 02/20/2009:
Boki...do you use a clothesline prop made out of a tree branch...or do you go for the top of the line with the aluminum ones?
jktshff1 on 02/20/2009:
Bad day Boki??? I just order the "standard" check through my bank. I may write one a month and just fold it on the dotted line before I tear it.
BokiBean on 02/20/2009:
Hahaha DB! My sis-in-law made me a prop out of a long 2x2 that she put a notch in..she's the handy one in the family. :D

jktshff1, yeah but..you don't have Snoopy checks pffffft!
jktshff1 on 02/20/2009:
Snoopy checks?????? you got to be kidding!!!LOL!
BokiBean on 02/20/2009:
I kid you not :D

*snoopy dance*
DebtorBasher on 02/20/2009:
I use Virsa Checks and print my own...I think the next ones I print up will have my avitar on it.
old fart on 02/20/2009:
Virsa checks..?
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
That would be versa checks. Once again The basher is wrong.
old fart on 02/20/2009:
Where do you find these "versa checks"?
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
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Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
C2O if you do not have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all! >:-)
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
I tore my comment off
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
I know! I wanted to see it! LOL
DebtorBasher on 02/20/2009:
Old F...you can buy them at any Computer type stores, Staples, Best Buy, Circuit City (if there are any still around)...but you can check any place that sells computer paper and supplies. I got mine at Best Buy..then, believe it or not, I found a brand new unopened pack of 1,000 checks at the Goodwill for something like two bucks. When you buy it, you will get the software and blank checks. You can also print up your personalized deposit slips. Then what I do is go to the bank and ask for registry books...I don't tell them I print my own checks, but since I have my checking accounts with them, they always give me a few registry booklets free. You get a little registry page with each page of checks you print, but I like the books better.
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
I saved someone else here the effort. I like to help the handicapped whenever possible.
DebtorBasher on 02/20/2009:
Siffer...are you misbehaving again?
Anonymous on 02/20/2009:
Yep
BokiBean on 02/20/2009:
DB that's pretty cool that you can make your own checks! Um..can you make your own money? =)
DebtorBasher on 02/20/2009:
I have to visit my Uncle Sal for THAT software!
BokiBean on 02/20/2009:
*hums theme to The Godfather*

BTW, VH post on that check software!
DebtorBasher on 02/20/2009:
You WOULD mention the Godfather, as I have horseracing on, watching "Jockeys" on the AnimalPlanet!
BokiBean on 02/20/2009:
*whinny*

To this day, thinking about something in the bed (like that horsehead) with me just freaks me out! Any scary movie where something is pulling down the covers or in/under the bed is usually a channel changing moment for moi.

DebtorBasher on 02/20/2009:
My Sister called me last week...she lives in the country in PA...she said she was lying on her back in bed, and somthing grabbed her by her ankles and held her feet down. She yelled, "I DON'T LIKE THIS"...and her husband woke up and wonder what the heck was going on. She said she always sleeps with her feet uncovered...not the Basher, no way, no how! My feet HAVE to be covered...even in the summer when the rest of me is not covered, I always have the sheet or blanket covering my feet!
jktshff1 on 02/20/2009:
Now 'genral, I seem to remember you getting grounded for going out in the snow with no shoes on!!!
DebtorBasher on 02/20/2009:
Yes...I am grounded...I can't stand wearing socks or shoes in the house...and I won't wear socks to bed...I won't even marry a man who wears socks to bed! But, when I'm in bed, the covers are covering my feet!
BokiBean on 02/20/2009:
Even takin' a nap, I have to have my feet covered too. Hey, everybody else can take their chances, WE know what's out there.

DebtorBasher on 02/20/2009:
Boki...when did you get a star?
BokiBean on 02/20/2009:
I just barely got it, today or yesterday, I can't remember. But now I'm all sassy cause I gots me a star! :D
jktshff1 on 02/20/2009:
Welllllllll 'genral..you haven't been paying much attention. It's been there for a few days now.
DebtorBasher on 02/20/2009:
Congrates Boki...and in less than a month too!

JKT...I gots people...they failed to inform me of this milestone event! I'll have to have Trump fire them.
BokiBean on 02/20/2009:
Thanks! I am a grateful being.
jktshff1 on 02/21/2009:
there ya go again....it's I got people, kind of like I saw that no seen that. LOL
nite all
DebtorBasher on 02/21/2009:
Yer lernin'!
checks1 on 08/24/2010:
OK so I worked for Harland Clarke and everyone is saying that Harland Clarke checks are sooo expensive. When in reality Harland Clarke isn't the ones charging you that much money for your checks. It's your bank. Harland Clarke has a based price set for their checks. Usually they run between $3-$6. That is all harland clarke is getting for their checks. The banks are the ones coming in and adding more for their checks. Its called an "upcharge." A lot of the banks charge about $15 in upcharges that the bank pockets for themselves themselves for basically doing nothing. Harland Clarke is the one making the checks and shipping them, but they only pocket about $3. So that is why the checks are soo expensive. Harland Clarke only charges you $3, the bank adds on a charge to keep for themselves about $15 and then the delivery of the checks about $4. So the checks run around $22.
checks1 on 08/24/2010:
stew: you said that you usually order your checks through the bank because they are free and high quality. It doesn't matter if you order through your bank or through the check company it's still going to be free! Do you really think your bank actually makes the checks themselves? No. When you tell them to order your checks for you, what they do is log onto the harland clarke server and put the order through. so those high quality checks are still from harland
Sharon on 07/07/2011:
Ordered labels from HC. they took over a month to arrive and wouldn't peel off, looked like they'd been printing on a home printer. Terrible quality. NEVER will order from them again. Their customer service doesn't exist.
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