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20 March 2012

Free For All Tuesday No. 59

So here we are again. Time for some questions and answers. Please don't hang about at the back... first time posters and experienced regulars can all take part... we don't make a fuss.

Fire away.

34 comments:

  1. Hello all!
    Those of you that have been following the trends of Filofax for a few years may be able to help with my question. What is happening to the Snake Domino? Is it been discontinued? I have been trying to find one of these for months but still the only place that sells is the German Filofax. And it hadn't been on sale (a sign of a design been discontinued like many others were recently?). So I keep thinking that for some odd reason they have that style as a part of their permant inventory; like a black Metropol or something.
    Should I be that naive and *aham* trust that Filofax.de will have those around for a while or should I get ready to snap one right now before it disappears? What is your guys take on that?

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    1. Hi Lime Tree, like Laurie says it seems that the Snake Domino is discontinued unfortunately. What size are you after? I have just acquired the beauty gift box with the paler Snake in & am not convinced I'm going to keep it, that's all.

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    2. Lime Tree - It's important to understand modern methods of production in the Far East and selling in international markets.

      Gone are the days when a local production line would switch between making different models - say each week - based on supply and demand. The norm now is for a single bulk order for a product to be placed with a manufacturer - usually in China. This will then have a "slot" for manufacture (often months later) and the entire order for that model will be made in one go. In many cases, this will be the ONLY TIME that the product will ever be manufactured. If it sells well, a new order will be placed (often in a different colour!) but it will be months before the new slot comes up. This is why some popular Filofax models are seemingly unavailable for a long time. If worldwide sales have been overestimated, the item will often be discontinued from some markets (such as the UK) and the unsold supplies shipped for sales to be concentrated in just certain countries. Otherwise they will be disposed of by way of heavy discounting or sold in bulk to the likes of TK-Maxx.

      If you really want to be sure of a certain model in a particular size and colour, you need to buy it when you can! Very often it's a case of "when it's gone, it's gone!"

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    3. Hi Lime Tree, While doing what I do always - on ebay checking for filofax, happened to notice this and remembered your comment here.

      Take a look: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Filofax-Domino-Natural-Snake-Personal-Organiser-/180836905529?pt=UK_BOI_Office_Office_Supplies_Stationery_ET&hash=item2a1ab83239

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    4. Hi Preethi,
      Minimalism, running & filofax - we have lots in common! (happens a fair amount with Philofaxy readers)
      :)

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    5. @everyone, Thanks for all the replies! It is great to have so much feedback!

      @Anita, I am very indecisive so A5 or Personal. Did you not bond very well with it? I can give it a try! hehe In case you decide to sell it: limetreefruits at gmail dot com.

      @Tim, thanks for that explanation. Makes so much sense why it has been just available in Germany for months! I hadn't been around Filofax world for that long so I am not sure: was the Snake Domino not really popular? Would that shortage of inventory be just a gap in between orders? --- Oh, who am kidding,right? :) That Domino is really going away. If I want one I need to be brave and deal with full price AND a very high shipping costs from Germany. Argh!

      @Preethi Thanks! I don't know how I missed that. I even looked into ebay.fr and ebay.de! I will keep and eye on it.

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  2. Hi Lime Tree, the Snake Domino is definitely discontinued from the Filofax UK lineup, it's not a part of their permanent collection. Other sites might still have some lingering stock but it's no longer being produced. So if you really want it, there's no time to waste!

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  3. Also, Filofax Germany rarely has a sale. If you look at their website you will see several "nearly extinct" filofax species, still sold at full price!
    I have the A5 in Snake Bronze and it is so much sturdier than the "regular" Domino models. The Snake surface isn't so sensitive to scratching and despite much use it really still looks brandnew. Why they ever decided to discontinue it, is beyond me.
    Perhaps, the Snake isn't FASHIONABLE anymore....? ;-)

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    1. I have the Snake too and as Jotje says it's so durable it looks brand new even after a couple of years battering - buy now you'll love it!

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    2. @Laurie @Jotje @Loloudorset, Thanks for the feedback! I guess I thought as there was no sale I was still safe! I can't be waiting around then.

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  4. Surely the problem with calling a model “snake” is that most people will have subconscious thoughts that are negative, if not actually think that some part is made of snake. I think the Enigma suffers because of the snake skin design. I think the actual Domino Snake’s toned cover design is quite classy so perhaps they could re-launch it with slightly different patterns and other colour/tone combinations, perhaps also using other such classical patterns, such as Celtic, Greek and Saxon patterns. I’d love to see some fabric Filofax covers with designs from the book of Kells, something I was reminded of when I saw Nikki’s post the other day.

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    1. Scoot YES, I would love to see that too!!!

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    2. yes that would be amazing!! I would certainly save up for that!! Some of my illustations are from the Book of Kells

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    3. Nikki - have you seen the Paperblanks range based on Book of Kells? They have some other beautiful designs as well. http://www.paperblanks.com/us/en/collections/1/filtered?collection_id=254#1798

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    4. OMG thank you so much Alison, this site is fab!!!!!!!!! I have not seen this before!

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  5. Steve, do you have a lot of Australian members? I bought a pocket recently and I'd rather see if I can swap my WO2P for monthly rather than ebay it.

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    1. Yes there are a few, looking at the google stats that is...

      Adspot may be?

      Steve

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  6. On another note city Organiser has the purple Malden up...just sayin'

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    1. Where? It's nowhere on their website ...?

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    2. Here: http://www.cityorganiser.co.uk/acatalog/Personal-Malden-Purple-by-Filofax---incl.-2012--2013-contents.html

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    3. Other sizes will be on line by the end of today...

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    4. I just spoke to someone in the City Organiser Mail Order dept., and he has just (15:45 GMT) put mini, pocket and A5 sizes on the website :) I asked him about the compact size and he says they're not bringing those out this year :(
      I asked about the leather because I was concerned that the leather would be thin like on my ochre Malden, but he says the leather is nice and thick :) I can't wait to buy one!!! :D

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    5. OMG! OMG! I just bought the A5! I'm so excited!

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    6. Creased vs. More Creased -- CO gives you the option of choosing -- is it just cosmetic or will one age better than the other?

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    7. I just cannot believe my eyes. City Oganiser selling brand new, latest model (purple Malden) Filofaxes in two varieties - "creased" or "more creased"! It's a inovative way to stop disatisfied customer returns, I guess!

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  7. other than making my own (no access to a printer unfortunately), does anyone know where i can get some A5 lined paper? the lines on filo paper are too narrow for me. thanks!!

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    1. Hi, are you in the UK or elsewhere? If you are in the UK, I know Rymans do a pad of A5 lined paper, but you could also just get a perforated A5 notepad and take paper out of there :)

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  9. Hi everyone,
    I've been a lurker on this site for the past few months (it's taken that long to go through lots of old posts) and I have to say I really enjoy reading all of your comments, opinions and shared interests for all things FF! So I thought I would come out from hiding and say hello.
    Today I ordered the purple Malden (A5) which I can't wait to get my hands on! I already have the ochre personal Malden which I love!
    On another note: I'm in Leicester which seems to be a common stomping group for a few people on here!
    Boz :)

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    1. Welcome to the Philofaxy community Boz. Reading back through the old posts is something I did before I became a contributor back in 2009 it was quite a task then, I think I managed to do it a year per day, I don't think it would be so easy to do now!!!

      The year books are a great way of going through the previous years posts and comments.

      Enjoy
      Steve

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  10. Hi Everyone, I just obtained a personal Malden in vintage pink from city organiser. I have found this site invaluable in helping me decide what kind of filofax I needed and having links to the city organise site as well. I can't wait to begin using it fully and all your blogs and posts have really inspired me.

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  11. Someone somewhere was asking about dividers with pockets in them... but I can't find out who it was or where... so I'm dumping the link here on the off chance that the person spots it!

    http://livingwithliisa.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/diy-tabs-with-pockets/

    Steve

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