I expected to be disappointed with these, as reviews are SO varied. I was quite happy overall with their use, though. for just about ANY wine bottle using paper-y labels, this is 'the ticket' to go with to remove the labels nicely.
In all, once you get used to it, it really takes VERY little time to do, despite these long explanations. I am pleased with their ability to remove a bunch of types of labels (albeit not all), I simply think $1/sheet is a trifle lot to pay for what amounts to a large piece of tape.
My method for using these label removers:
Basically, just follow the directions IN the labels package.
1. placer sticker across label from one side to the other, carefully and slowly to get it as flat as possible. as the directions state, leave at least a 1/4" border (i tend to leave more if possible on all edges)
2. use back of large spoon to push out any airbubbles AND to get it to adhere as tightly as possible to the actual label. (pay special attention to the sides and corners of the label, and rub with the spoon until you're certain EVERY portion has been secured).
3. Wait.... it says you can wait only 2 minutes, but I prefer to wait at least 2 hours, and sometimes overnight for those labels i REALLY want to be sure I can peel off without a glitch. I also tend to do repeated 'pressings' of the spoon at random intervals.
4. I tend to peel from the 'tabbed' side of the sticker... slowly. if you see the corner come up, then keep going. If you see right away that a corner or piece is NOT coming up...STOP. try pushing it down with a spoon again and WAIT again.
5. If you are halfway through the label, and you notice a piece that won't come up properly, try peeling from the other direction.
6. Once you get the entire label off, trim the sides to desired width and press-in-place into your desired label journal.
REMEMBER: these label removers remove the actual paper label from their original adhesive backing... this removal method does NOT work for embossed, metallic, or engraved labels/bottles. So don't expect it to do so. Shiny/high-gloss labels can also prove tricky, but if I let the sticker sit longer (overnight), and press repeated times with the spoon, I'm usually able to get them off.