I was able to make my way into an alternative town to my regular selection today, meaning I could rifle through the shelves of different stationery shops!
Stationery Plus, whose shop is far better than their website, is a lovely little stationery shop that does not sell any filofax products! While I initially considered this a bad business move, the proprietor explained to me that they choose Collins over filofax because they are far cheaper and popular amongst the book binders/writers their customer base is mainly made of.
I had a play with some of the articles on display (you can always judge the quality of a binder when they choose to lock the pens up instead) and I must say that I wasn't that impressed. The leather feels cheap and the rings are odd shapes, they did however have a pleasant amount of pockets and hidey-holes for all your stickers and cards.
While I wouldn't be disappointed if I were to receive one of these, I would probably keep going back to the slightly higher priced luxury of my filofax.
That said, WH Smiths has an incredible sale on Pocket Maldens; £15!... I want one :(
Back to the point of this post; cheapo card holders, 18 for £3.23.
|The packaging is very filofax-ish, as you can see.|
|The angled edges and semi-punched holes are a noticeable difference to the higher priced alternative.|
|While they do fit inside a personal, they are ever so slightly wider than the norm & the holes are a bit in the snug side.|
|The messy aftermath of forcing the pockets onto the rings. It reminds me of breaking in new inserts for A2 presentation binders. Difficult and dangerous if rushed.|
I plan on keeping receipts in mine.