I wanted a larger page-size notebook that nevertheless was portable (ie, didn’t have too many pages). I went to Target and saw the Moleskin notebooks. I figured, ahh, Moleskin, that’ll do. But the price was absurdly high. 18.95 for 2 48 page notebooks (96 sides). The nice thing about them is that they are well bound (by that I mean, they are bound like a high quality book [sadly, I don’t know the terminology, so a picture and comparison will have to do]):
Good binding (will last through time):
Cheap binding (pages will fall out on heavy use):
I didn’t like my color options (red/burgundy, sky blue/baby blue, purple/pink [or something like that, only the red/bergundy I’m sure of). I wanted more earthy tones. But I went with them (burgundy/red). I like notebooks with bendy covers and hate those with stiff cardboard covers. I am the sort of person who is willing to pay premiums for quality.
For the most part, I was happy with the notebooks. I used the burgundy notebook first because it was, of the lot, it was the only color I liked.
However, this review is being written because, in the end, the notebooks are not worth the money. $18.95!!! for two (48 sheet) notebooks, so I expect a lot, which is to say, I expect them to be quality along a number of dimensions (beyond paper quality and binding). Regard the cover separating from itself:
This is after about 1 month. I wasn’t gentle with the thing, but neither was I rough. Basically, I put it in and took it out of my backpack each day. I mean, I’ve only written on 24 pages (12 sheets), or so.
For the price, I expected more. I won’t be buying these again. And I’ll leave a review on Amazon too. Way too pricey. For this level of quality, I’d expect half the price. For the price I paid, I expect this sort of thing to not happen. I’ll pay for quality, but I refuse to pay for brands. Full stop.