11 November 2014

Free For All Tuesday No 197

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  1. In an April 2015 post this had been mentioned, and I found it in the 1990 Filofax Catalogue: The Filofax Datex System.

    As I understand, this is a combination of index stripes to write on and some kind of insert to temporarily hold theses stripes.

    Can anyone provide a photo of this Datex insert in use?

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    1. Interesting. If I understand correctly, it is similar to the scancard system? http://www.scancardorganizer.com/

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    2. Yes, it seems to have the same purpose. But the Datex index files are much smaller, though. They measure 3" by 1/4" (full page width) and are said to be held in place by some kind of transparent flap (made of acetate they say in the Filofax Catalogue).

      Maybe the use of Post-It Notes has knocked off the Datex.

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    3. I have seen a picture of a Datex Strip Index sheet - it is a single, personal leaf made of stiff white acetate, with transparent acetate flaps on each side that are attached on the long side of the page opposite the holes.
      And the index strips were then inserted in the desired arrangement. The flaps are meant to hold the index strips in place, although I can't say how securely they would have stayed in position.

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  2. I wanted to print out your 2015 diary, a week on two pages, TM enhanced, with journal section. But......the dated week and the corresponding dated journal page are on the reverse sides of the same page. Have I missed something or has anyone else commented that it would be so much better to have the journal facing the dated page when the organiser is laid flat? Diary left and journal right works best I think.

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    1. Did you print the blank first page? You must print the blank page 1 because it is a right hand page and then the diary proper starts on page 2 with the left hand page and page 3 is the facing page etc.

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    2. Sorry not thinking straight, of course I'll need a blank, I only want to print the last few weeks of this year. Thanks for helping.
      Best wishes, Kath

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  3. I wondered if anyone has any experience of the Malden Large Zipped Purse? http://www.filofax.co.uk/malden-large-zipped-purse-2.html

    I want a new purse for Christmas and as Mulberry is sadly out of my reach, I spotted this and thought it would be a nice leather alternative (and stop some of my craving for something in the Malden family).
    I wanted some more detailed pictures of the inside of the purse, the back specifically, and the ff website don't provide many.
    I wondered if it was basically the same as the Compact Zipped Malden, but without the rings?

    Does anyone know?
    Thanks!

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  4. Apologies if this is a bit of a dumb question, but how do you know if a Filofax model is discontinued, or if a certain colour of a model is discontinued? Is it simply a case of it not being on the Filofax website? It's just because there are some models/colours that are not available via Filofax but there are plenty of them via sites such as eBay/Amazon/WHSmith etc. For example, the Pocket Aqua Saffiano isn't available from Filofax but there are zillions on other sites. Does this mean that Filofax has discontinued the model, or that they themselves have run out and more will be back? I hope that all makes some sense!

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    1. Filofax binders are, to the best of my knowledge, produced in batch orders which are then distributed to retailers around the globe. Items may quickly sell out at one retailer but remain in stock for years at another. This is, apparently, why Filofax is reluctant to disclose the official discontinuation status of a model; even if it has been discontinued and will no longer be produced, it may remain available to purchase from some sources for many years until stock is sold out.

      The filofax community gets word of products being discontinued a few ways; if the new product catalogue includes a range but a specific color is not included, we conclude that it has been discontinued (which does not mean it is out of stock). Also, sometimes retailers will tell us that a model is discontinued based on their communications with Filofax, and if we get confirmation from other vendors we can trust that it is actually discontinued.

      Finally, I believe that Steve is sometimes privy to some of this information. But I don't think the information is generally openly disclosed.

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    2. That's a good summary! Sometimes Filofax even moves stock between countries to enable sufficient supplies to be maintained in a particular market whilst phasing that model out in other countries. Dealers get regular literature updates about models and colours being discontinued, but that rarely reaches us, the customer. (Sorry - Letts Filofax refers to dealers/stockists as "customers". We are known as "the consumer"!.

      A sure sign of impending deletion or gross over-stocking is when models are disposed of at UK TkMaxx shops. The Saffiano is one such model, with some ending up attempting to be Immediately re-sold by consumers on the likes of eBay.

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    3. Thanks for your reply. I didn't realise there was this air of secrecy or mystery around the subject!
      I often see planners for sale on eBay/other places that are advertised as discontinued but find there isn't really a way to confirm this. It also seems particularly difficult to ascertain when it comes to colours rather than models. General googling gives you an idea of availability but no definite answer. I'll keep the TKMaxx example in mind, they certainly seem to be overflowing with Saffianos at my local store!

      Thanks again for your helpful responses.

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