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Reynolds Handi-Vac Discontinued

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walker Aug 12, 2009 10:52 AM

I'm really sorry to see this item discontinued. Most of the time, it worked well for me. Then, it didn't. I called the 800 # and the operator asked me to let him "hear" it. He said the suction was not working right and he'd send me a coupon for another.

Yesterday, Safeway in San Francisco had them for about 1/2 price (free to me with the coupon) but no extra bags to buy. So, I called the 800 # again and was informed they were discontinued and I could mail order the bags from a certain company -- not interested in doing that.

  1. dcrb Oct 27, 2012 11:54 AM

    For anyone who is interested in this product, here is a link to it's new home:

    http://www.debbiemeyer.com/

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      chaines Oct 26, 2012 11:38 PM

      Does anyone know if it works with the FoodSaver bags? They are much cheaper than the Debbie Meyer ones (that took over the product from reynolds)
      http://www.amazon.com/FoodSaver-FSFRB...

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        fehrstunkenr Oct 27, 2012 10:01 AM

        Yes, and Ziplock vacuum bags also work.

      2. meatn3 Aug 12, 2011 04:04 PM

        I saw the Handi-Vac at Biglots recently. No bags though....

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          fehrstunkenr Aug 12, 2011 03:42 PM

          You can purchase Zip Lock Vacuum bags that work just as well.

          1. al b. darned Aug 5, 2010 04:49 PM

            I always thought the HandiVavc was a bit weak. Once the first set of batteries ran down I didn't bother with another set. Then last Xmas Santa bought me a FreshSaver from FoodSaver.

            http://www.amazon.com/FoodSaver-FSFRS...

            It has a lot stronger suction and is easier to get it to vac. You can even use the Reynolds bags with it...tho I prefer the FS bags.

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              als2663 Jan 3, 2010 03:28 PM

              Now available on HSN. $15 for either 40 Quart or 30 Gallon.

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                Eric in NJ Aug 5, 2010 12:16 PM

                And how much for shipping & handeling. I emailed Reynolds long ago and let them know how disappointed I was that I had to go through a third party to get bags paying more than I did for theirs in the supermarket and I got a basic Oh well, reply.

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                tamjen Dec 3, 2009 02:57 PM

                May I make a suggestion, Reynolds has a Facebook page, I think everyone needs to go there and tell them how much they love the product and how DISAPPOINTED you are with them for discounting the bags.. Let's begg them to put them back on the market, I'm really upset because I bought mine about a month ago and now I can't find the bag... GO TO FACEBOOK!!!!! Here's the link.. Maybe if we let them know if they don't bring the bags back we will not buy anything of there's any longer..

                http://www.facebook.com/pages/Reynold...

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                  walker Dec 4, 2009 12:49 AM

                  I've now been using the Ziplock bags. Their "tool" to suck the air out is low tech, works like a bicycle pump, no batteries!! I like these a lot, prefer them to the Reynolds BUT am not having trouble finding them, in SF, the big stores like Lucky and Safeway no longer have them on the shelves.

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                  Petsyrah Aug 26, 2009 12:09 PM

                  I couldn't find the bags anywhere in my area, so I bought the Ziploc version. The Handi-Vac works on the ziplocs if you remove the seal over the vacuum port on the upper right of the bag and then place the vacuum over the tiny hole in the bag. Then put the seal over the opening (don't know if this part is necessary, but I do it anyway).

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                    walker Aug 26, 2009 03:00 PM

                    That's interesting; I'll have to give it a try. How does the Ziploc one work w/out using the handi-vac? What I mean is, do you like the way that one works, as the designer intended?

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                      andieb Aug 27, 2009 06:26 AM

                      thanks for this tip. I'll give it a try!

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                        RitaLouise Aug 5, 2010 11:51 AM

                        Thanks so much! It works like a charm! I like the vacuum 'tool' that Reynolds sold, have it, and now it works great with the bags I can buy. Win, win. I am so glad you discovered this little trick!
                        Happy bagger!
                        Rita

                      2. phofiend Aug 13, 2009 09:29 AM

                        I use the Ziploc bags. They leak much less than the Reynolds bags, and they can be dropped into boiling water.

                        1. meatn3 Aug 12, 2009 11:09 PM

                          Thanks for the heads up. I use mine frequently. I'm hitting the stores tomorrow to try to find extra bags...

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                            andieb Aug 12, 2009 11:41 AM

                            I noticed that several months ago when I tried to find the bags. Do you think the ziploc version bags would work, or does anyone have any experience with that?

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                              walker Aug 12, 2009 01:53 PM

                              I've never tried the ziploc system thing; have you? I already have the pricey (esp. the bags) food saver so the Reynolds I was using just for quick little stuff. The company said that Safeway should have pulled this thing off the shelves; people are going to be upset when they discover they've wasted their $$ and cannot buy the bags except from some mail order site.

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                                lisas1028 Oct 18, 2009 11:32 AM

                                I also bought the reynolds handi vac and just love it. i just went to buy more bags and couldnt find any so i picked up the ziploc version of them and they worked great.

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