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If I write with a sharpie on a business card and insert it unfolded into a coin envelope, the writing shows through a little with all of the envelopes I've tried (on the unseamed side). I just got some Columbia envelopes, but they are not much thicker than the Staples ones.

Not a big deal for folded cards or with pencil, but I'd like to find some that are 100% opaque for marker.

Anybody know of one?
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I saw some black ones on Amazon.
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That's not a bad idea. I feel like the manila ones are so commonplace that they're more invisible, but black ones are a cool idea. Thanks.
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Http://www.amazon.com/Coin-Envelopes-Mid......3&sr=8-3
Not that cheap but who's counting. (BTW you may get shorted a few if you are Smile )
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On May 17, 2016, Slim King wrote:
Http://www.amazon.com/Coin-Envelopes-Mid......3&sr=8-3
Not that cheap but who's counting. (BTW you may get shorted a few if you are Smile )


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I'll be getting some too ... Just found an old Amazon credit card I was given for my birthday!!! I think Max also had a routine with a black envelope.
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I have used dark red envelopes because they seem very opaque.
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I use them all the time, if you're making a prediction, you can buy a sharpie marker in silver, gold and bronze editions - they work very well on the black...
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Office Depot brand "used" to be the most opaque...with that said, I have not purchased any from them in a while. Worth checking out. If you have one in your area pop in. They are definitely different than the ones you find at Staples/OfficeMax
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I remember it was discussed in other topics about the envelopes.
Transparency depends on the paper weight.
28 lb stock - will be 100% opaque.
My envelope No.3 that I bought on Amazon - 100% opaque. 28 lb stock "Qulity Park Products".
These envelopes even have free and fast shipping Amazon Prime.
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http://www.amazon.com/Quality-Park-Brown......sbs_op_2
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Office Depot brand "used" to be the most opaque...with that said, I have not purchased any from them in a while. Worth checking out. If you have one in your area pop in. They are definitely different than the ones you find at Staples/OfficeMax


Note that Office Depot and Office Max have merged.
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Are they bow called Office Office or Max Depot?..
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The envelopes are still labeled "Office Depot," but they are sold at Office Max. (The company's delivery trucks now have "Office Max/Office Depot" painted on their sides.)

They are 28 lb stock and totally opaque. These are the ones I used for 4dt. (I now use #1 envelopes instead of #3s.)

Except maybe in a bizarre magic or intimate routine, I disagree with the idea of using black or colored envelopes. In a properly executed billet/envelope routine, the billets and envelopes become nearly invisible and are largely forgotten. But when you use odd-looking envelopes, you are simply directing attention to them and make them appear "special."

You really shouldn't want to give that impression.
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I get the normality rule for sure...

I just think they look smart AND normal (as anyone can see 'em on amazon)...

And, for me, cos they're black it helps negate any transparency ideas...
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Iain- Just because you can see something on Amazon doesn't mean it is something people are used to seeing.

Black envelopes stand out and will attract more attention than generic ones.
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Yeah, I agree...i cant help but like 'em though...
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Saying that, I do think coloured envelopes are pretty standard...they're in pretty much every shop over here...wh smiths, paperchase, rymans, ebay...biased me thinks they're common 'enough'...
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Even in the US, they're common in letter envelopes, invitation and birthday card envelopes. Not in coin envelopes, though. And, common or not, they still attract attention.
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Yeah, over here those Kraft coin envelopes don't really exist...we have wage envelopes or seed envelopes which are the closest...and the ones we do have, are pretty poor quality...
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Black envelopes do not stand out more than any other coin envelope, as these days unless you work in a restaurant you've probably never seen a coin envelope. And even in the last several resturaunts I've worked in we have not used coin envelopes for tip outs as they weren't cost effective.

So, I don't think it matters what color you use. They still could seem odd. That said, just don't make a big deal out of it. Regardless of color, they're just some weird little envelopes.
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