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How much?!

June 3, 2018

In my daily work, I often get people asking “can I have some paper”, “a few sheets”, “a pile of card” … When consulted about how much people actually require, they are often unsure. We then move on to what size and colour? They often do not know what they want and expect me to know what the person who asked them to ask for something wants. It’s a spooky thing! Believe it or not, I do not know how much you need!

So just for the record, here goes… the quantities below are not set in stone, but if you don’t know how much you are asking for, this is what you might receive.


If you insist on being vague, just add ‘quite’ at the start of your request … ‘quite a few’ multiplies the few by an unknown quantity. It’s a spooky thing!

Actual paper quantities:
“A pack” of paper, is a ream which is 500 sheets.
25 sheets = 1 quire
500 sheets = 20 quires = 1 ream
1,000 sheets = 2 reams = 1 bundle
5,000 sheets = 5 bundles = 1 bale



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