It is quite sad that Filofax no longer ships binders in boxes. My latest purchases from Filofax UK and Filofax Sweden have been sent in flimsy Jiffy padded envelopes with no other protection. No bubble wrap, no cardboard and definitely no box. For a brand that places itself on the higher end of the spectrum it is quite sad. It does save on shipping costs but does not quite give the air of quality that a box represents. Not to mention that, while reducing shipping costs, it must increase the likelihood of binder and ring damage. Just imagine heavy parcels being dropped on that Jiffy bag. Or someone accidentally stepping on it…
For those of us who collect, a box really makes a difference, enabling us to store binders properly.
One of the exceptions to this rule is agendasshop.com, who also trade as bouteia on eBay. All their purchases come with a box and it makes such a difference. Opening a box is such a wonderful experience. Especially when there is tissue paper inside, giving just a tantalising glimpse of the treasures within…
Who knows – maybe the boxes themselves will become collectible?
And have shipping charges been reduced to reflect this cheaper postage? No, they haven’t. When you’re paying for something that’s supposed to be a quality, high-end, item – such as a Filofax – you want the item to STAY quality and high-end, not get destroyed before it ever reaches you! I’m curious to know how many organisers will need to be returned owing to damage sustained by insufficient packaging.
Quite a few I imagine. So the costs can’t be that low overall.
Damage in shipping is the reason I very rarely buy anything on line. I prefer seeing and handling and carrying home what I’m buying, and it permits me to trade in cash! Isn’t that novel? Cash money, which in some instances is a challenge for the store clerks. It’s always worked for me.