21 June 2021

Buying and Selling Organisers

There are so many more places these days to buy and sell organisers. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages as well as successes and risks. 

In the last 10 years or so I’ve been involved in a few of the sales groups on Facebook as well as looking after our own Adspot page here on Philofaxy. 

Through that experience I have seen a lot of things that have led to issues with sales. To make sure these issues don’t reoccur we have had to revise our guidelines and rules, these are to protect both parties, the seller and the buyer. 

If you are selling on Facebook or any other site make sure you follow the rules of sale on which ever site/group. On Facebook we have tried to make the rules similar on each of the planner sales groups, but there might be some minor differences. 

Always take plenty of photographs of the item, showing all sides of the planner, front back and inside and out. Include a name and date tag somewhere in your photos, this proves you own the item you are selling and when the photos were taken. 

Remove all paperwork from the pockets and move the name/date tag to different parts of the planner so that you might repeat some photos with it in different positions. 

Make sure the photos you submit are the correct way around, you don’t want potential buyers (and the admins) getting neck ache looking at your photos. 

In the description of the article include details such as smell, is your house a smoking house as leather absorbs cigarette smoke very easily and it is impossible to remove. Likewise if any perfume has been sprayed on the item or pets have been near the item. Note it all in your advert. 

Try to include details like you have owned it from new. If you have the original sales invoice include that in the sale, this can be a requirement if there is a warranty from the original supplier. 

Be careful about using phrases like ‘Brand New’ ‘Never used’ especially if your photos show otherwise. 

Point out any known defects in the leather or the rings, any pen marks etc. 

As a seller if you have someone interested in your item check out the buyer as much as possible. Before they have paid you ask them for their name and address. Check out that address, make sure it actually exists, that it isn’t a forwarding service or similar. These can be problematic if the item is damaged in transit between the destination address you were given and the real address of the buyer. 

Remember PayPal tends to side with the buyer not the seller in any disputes and so you can lose not only the item you have posted but also your money. 

Always over pack the item with plenty of padding around the organiser, remove any inserts from the rings, use a strong box not just a paper/plastic wrapping. Yes it might cost a little more, but you should reflect the true cost of postage and packing in your price of the item. 

Take photos of the item as it is packed, and send them to the buyer so they can see how to get in to the package when it arrives! People must curse me when they receive one from me, I was trained by the UK Foreign Office…. don’t you know!!!!

Buyers…. When you receive a parcel inspect the package before you sign for it. If it is damaged or wet do not accept it. Don’t be tempted to open it, doing so counts as accepting it in what ever condition it is in and voids the insurance on the item. 

When paying via PayPal always pay via Goods and Services. Yes the seller will have to pay a small fee, but you gain protection should the item fail to arrive or is damaged on arrival or not as described. You lose all of that protection if you pay by ‘Friends and Family’ It is important that the seller pays the fees, they can’t ask the buyer to pay the fees on top of the item price as it is against the PayPal terms and conditions to do that.  

Timely communications help both the buyer and seller. Don’t advertise something if you are about to go away on holiday and you don’t have the item with you! Delays in replying lead to suspicions that the buyer has been scammed. Keep your communications simple, remember the other party might not speak/read your language. 

The overall success of your sales is dependent on many factors. Get it right and your item will sell quicker than you imagined, you will not be stressed out by the experience and you will get a great item for the money or the money if you are selling to spend on another item. 

Good luck. 

19 June 2021

Web Finds - Saturday 19 June 2021

So now it is time to enjoy a few blog posts from around the internet,  so grab a drink and make yourself comfortable for our weekly round-up.

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Web Finds - Saturday 12 June 2021
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. Your Filofax for foreign language learning.
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 541
  5. Video Web Finds - Wednesday 16 June 2021
  6. Opening and Closing Your Organiser Rings Correctly
  7. Free For All Friday - No. 658 by Anita
Here are the latest Filofax and other brand blog posts from around the Internet. Don't forget to leave a comment on the posts you enjoyed reading, all bloggers enjoy getting comments.
  1. Let’s talk about Tomoe River’s future… - Rediscover Analog
  2. Planner Quote: June 14, 2021 - FranklinPlanner Talk
  3. Favorite brands with functional sticker books for planning and bullet journaling - All About Planners
  4. GTD and Teams - Getting Things Done
  5. Link Love: Tomoe on our Minds - The Well-Appointed Desk
  6. Flag Day - FranklinPlanner Talk
  7. 5 Common Planning Mistakes Keeping You From Being #ProductiveAF - Strange & Charmed
  8. Why 2021 is the year of the long-term planner - Milligram - All
  9. Episode #110: GTD on KQED - Getting Things Done
  10. Appreciating Dads - FranklinPlanner Talk
  11. Web Finds – 16 June 2021 - Travellers Notebook Times
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18 June 2021

Free For All Friday - No. 658 by Anita

Due to some recent changes in family commitments, my faithful Kensington is definitely helping to keep me sane currently! As I'm needing to share paperwork with family, I'm uploading documents to Google drive, but my Filofax is my central hub in helping me to keep track of progress on different things. I'm keeping it simple by just making lists and doing regular brain dumps to ensure that nothing gets forgotten. Therefore, I'm feeling quite relaxed currently as I'm just chipping away at my list, which means that I'm not feeling overwhelmed. 

Have you been managing any family changes recently by using your organiser more?

And as always on Fridays, please feel free to discuss anything organiser related. I hope that you have a lovely weekend.   

17 June 2021

Opening and Closing Your Organiser Rings Correctly.

Are all opening and closing the rings correctly? I'm sure some of us have been watching You Tube videos and seen people pull the rings open with their fingers! 

To ensure that you don't damage the ring mechanism on your Filofax personal organiser, always use the tabs at the ends of the ring mechanism to open the rings. Place your organiser on a firm surface and press evenly on both tabs at the same time.

Do not under any circumstances pull the rings open using the rings themselves; this could result in the internal mechanism becoming damaged.

Opening the rings

Closing the rings

To close the rings use your fingers on either sides of both sets of rings with a light even pressure and the rings should snap shut. Be careful to not trap your fingers in the closing rings.

The mechanism does not require any routine maintenance or oiling, just an occasional wipe with a soft dry cloth will keep the metal clean and rust free.

16 June 2021

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 16 June 2021

So I hope you have had a good weekend.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of videos from around the internet.

Here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. My modified Filofax Kensington. - Flatability
  2. VDS Leather Characteristics - Janet Leather - vdsshop
  3. My Collection of Franklin Planner Binders and Covers - Tonya Plans
  4. VDS June 2021 Planner Set Up/VDS new Inserts/VDS Franklin Covey compact/VDS Planner Set up - Planning with Intentions
  5. My first Van der spek Planner! Unboxing the Personal Size Poussiere❤ I'm in LOVE - The Pretty Posh Planner
  6. Flip of my A6 VDS parme - Tilted Tierra with Melissa Reeves
  7. VDS Velvet Sand Planner Setup | Junior Van Der Spek Flip (Pocket Rings) - amanda leigh
  8. Moterm Personal & Franklin Covey Compact Rings - Monique Smith
  9. This Week: Franklin Covey Anna Binder - Samantha Root -MompreneurLiving
  10. Plan with Me | Mini Happy Planner | June 7-13, 2021 #happyplanner - Michelle Miller
  11. Plan with Me - Franklin Covey Compact & B6 Stalogy Bullet Journal - Monique Smith
  12. Plan with Me! June 14-20 in my Sailor Blue Classic Franklin Covey Binder, and a flip of my compact. - BuySellPlan
  13. 7 Ways Your Planner Can Improve Your Mental Health | Use Your Planner For Better Mental Health. - Vienna Ortiz
  14. Gillio Medium Compagna XL (Yellow) - FC Inserts - Monique Smith
  15. Weekly Plan With Me | Week of June 14 - 20 | Personal Rings - Tiffany’s Plans
  16. Livestream - Planer Set Up KW 24 | A5 DIYfish | Deutsch - Lorelei Lee
  17. A6 Luxe Moterm - Summer 2021 - Ring Planner Setup - Minimal Aesthetic & Functional - UKPA - Flipthru - Sort Stuff Out
  18. Morning Monday Planner Rant - B6 Stalogy, Gillio Rings, Standard & Pocket Stalogy - Monique Smith
  19. June Weekly Plan With Me - June 14-20 in my Gillio PW Planner Vertical Layout & Planner Chat - My Moxie Dreams
  20. Filofax the journey travel companion personal slimline (deutsch) - Working Mum
  21. A5 War Binder Setup | Filofax Domino - Joy2Plan
  22. Filofax Saffiano Setup Juni 2021 - FannyFleurxoxo
  23. Filofax and Letts of London | Review and Unboxing June 2021 - Eat Pray Plan
  24. Filofax Domino Luxe Pocket Planner / May 31st - Jun 6th, 2021 / Rong Rong Sticker Book - monserrate wright
  25. Unboxing: Moterm A5 Luxe Rings in Pink Croc - Jennifer The Haughty Nurse
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15 June 2021

Free For All Tuesday - No. 541

So what questions or discussion points have you got for us today?

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or a more experienced user of organisers, we want to hear your thoughts, questions, opinions etc.

We are here to answer your questions.

Make today the one day you post a comment or a question.

It is Tuesday after all so fire away with any questions and comments.