Merci beaucoup to Frédérique for this informative guest post
LeBonCoin.fr is the French equivalent of the "classified ads" section of a newspaper : people can place ads for... anything, cars, appartments, and so on. There's no payment system included in the website (unlike ebay), there are just ads, with 3 pictures max, a small description, and it's sorted geographically, by "département". Usually, you can get in touch with the seller by phone or email, and you agree together of the form of payment, and shipment, if that is the case, or you agree to meet in person, and exchange to goods, against cash.
By the way, I am not affiliated in any way with leboncoin.fr, it's just that I'm French and living in France, and this website is used by lots of people.
As any of you, I browse Ebay from time to time, and it can be fun to find models that were previously unknown to me : had you ever heard of a zipped compact Portobello ? Or a personal Ranger ? I hadn't... ! And it's strange, but I had never really thought of browsing leboncoin.fr for good Filofax deals...
But please be warned : people who use this website sometimes aren't... Internet-litterate, you will find lots of typos/grammar mistakes (and it's in
French, obviously), the pics are not always helpful (sometimes blurry, and/or too small...); and regarding people selling Filofaxes, you will not always find the exact name model (or any name, for that matter). If you like digging around, that can be fun and surprising.
So, how do you search theses Filofax on this website ? First, load up http://www.leboncoin.fr/ in your browser. Then click any part on the map, because whichever "département" you choose, the next screen will have a drop-down menu allowing you to search an item in the whole of France.
Don't bother with a complex search : "filofax" will do the trick just fine. You can then sort the results by price (lowest to highest) and then, you might have some interesting suprises.
Here is the link with the results of this query : http://www.leboncoin.fr/annonces/offres/alsace/occasions/?q=filofax&sp=1
And so, as of today (Saturday, June 2nd, 2012), we could buy... lots of vintage/discontinued Filofaxes, and some pretty cool ones !
- a blue Pocket "College" Filofax, for 4 euros (funny, my mom offered my the personal one
when I was 18 and entering University, I never knew there were other formats !)
- a Cross in M2 format (!!!), color "mustard", along with a pink Letts organizer, and
both for... 7 euros !
- a grey Personal Tuscany, 15 euros
- a red A4 zip Graphic (or Sketch ?), 15 euros
- a red Personal Piccadilly (!), 15 euros
- a really old Personal Savannah, 20 euros
- a burgundy (?) Deskfax (model unknown), *and* its punch-hole, both for 30 euros :
- a Personal Richmond, 45 euros
- a Pocket Siena in cinnamon, 60 euros (retails for 140 on filofax.de but currently
on sale at 98 euros...)
And so on...
I am currently trying to get the M2, and perhaps the Deskfax, as I am curious about these sizes, but perhaps some other French readers of Philofaxy might like to score some of these items for themselves ?
Oh, the enabling
Happy hunting !