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Clairefontaine 1951 Clothbound (5 or 10-Pack)

Clairefontaine 1951 Clothbound (5 or 10-Pack)

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Does anyone know whether this is being sourced from the same seller as last time? Because it looks like there were quality issues before.
The description says 96 sheets (assumed 192 pages) but the photos show 48 sheets (96 pages). Which is correct for this drop?
Owlclaw
@Owlclaw - The price of 34.99 for 5, makes them 6.99 each. They can be purchased to on line pen stores for 6.95 or less. At that price per , notebook, would put them in the A5 size. You are correct, the image is of the smaller pocket-sized notebook which is; 48 sheets (96 pages) of 90g, 7mm ruled. I have the A5 and it is 96 sheets... 192 pages counting front and back of each page. The Description states that this is the A5 size 1951 clothbound, which comes as 96 sheets (192 pages) of 90g, 8mm ruled paper. I imagine they used the smaller version for photographing them.. easier to fit all the colors in a pic using the smaller ones :) Also - @TomaCzar you can order the purple notebook at some stores if you’re looking to be sure you can that color. (While checking prices, I noticed Goulet Pen sells them by color of your choice)
Hmmmm.... you MAY recieve a Raspberry colored notebook, which we've chosen not to present a picture of, if you buy the ten-pack. The chance of winning the mystical unicorn-tongue colored raspberry notebook is non-zero, winners will be notified at time of package opening, and offer valid for a limited time and only where legal. Massdrop reserves the right to do whatever it wants without notification at any time. May the odds be ever in your favor.
about to jump on this until I noticed the idiotic Dec26th ship date. It really is too bad that MD keeps shooting themselves in the foot like this going into the holiday season. As far as the shipping price. How much do you think 5 notebooks weigh? It's not going to be cheap.
Price looks fair and free USA shipping. I think that is not a HOT deal but ok
arellano81366
If the notebooks actually have 96 sheets, and you live in the USA, this is actually a very good deal (paper is heavy, and shipping on that many notebooks would normally cost a lot). This is why I'm kind of wondering whether that's a typo and the notebooks are 96 pages/48 sheets, not 96 sheets/192 pages.
How thick is paper, comparable to what?
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helpful
The paper is NOT the same as Rhodia. It's much smoother and noticeably heavier. While Exacompta owns both Clairefontaine and Rhodia now, they used to be different companies entirely, and the different brands are still made in their original separate factories [EDIT: not the same factories, but the same machines] and retain their own character. The exception is Rhodia's "R" premium line, which was launched after Exacompta acquired the brand. That line, and that line only, is the same paper as ivory-colored Clairefontaine paper. Both brands have great paper, so it comes down to personal preference. I personally find Rhodia an excellent paper, and I love it and use it all the time, but it's not luxurious to write on the way Clairefontaine paper is.
crosshatch
Thanks for the additional info. I thought they shared paper across all lines of products.
what about a4 size for rhodia or clairfontaine?
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thanks for the reply, though! I'll buy a single one to give it a test drive and if I like it I'll be set for if/when this drops again.
monocline
I don't think you'll be disappointed. It's really good paper and for the price it can hardly be beat. My current choice of supplier is CultPens.
USD$24.50 shipping & handling to Australia is completely ridiculous…
qwertimus
Got the same for Canada. This blows the deal for me, this doubles the price. I am pretty sure I paid less for the shipping on a 70L backpack.
Available cheaper on Amazon.
akapur
Where?
$8.75 S&H, once again shaking my head in disgust over absurd rates....PASS
This drop sounded like a good deal before I saw the shipping & handling cost. I really wouldn't end up saving much over choosing my own assortment of singles at a store like Goulet. How disappointing.
So probably I should review these more extensively elsewhere, b/c MD isn't exactly the place to discuss product quality. But I wouldn't vote for this drop occurring again. I'm honestly befuddled why these are so well-thought-of in the fountain pen world: they're terribly bound (pages coming out after minimal usage), and the paper is mediocre at best. I get better ink performance on nice-ish Hammermill bond from the office store than I do on this stock.
Again, not a problem with MD, b/c we get what we ask for. But wtf has our community asked for these? They look nice and perform like crap.
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I like my one Rhodia notebook (Christmas present, not purchased through MD). But ya, given the problems with this drop, having to reship, etc., it seems like they were dumping a batch that didn't pass QC on us or something. I've been carrying three different of these regularly now, and the bindings in all three are starting to fail like $2 notebooks from the office store.
sehrgut
Clairefontaine owns Rhodia, so it's same paper with a bit different texture. However it's possible notebooks you got were poorly stored and that affected the quality. I had this happen on one notebook only, while I have many more of them behave perfectly fine. Am not convinced it's QA that messed up. All it takes to mess a notebook is to store it more humid environment and paper turns to shit. Personally I love these, they are by far my favorite (not at this price though), but I always buy them from one supplier which I know is good with handling stationary. Considering they are rather cheap I would advise giving them another shot but getting them from someone reputable (I get mine from CultPens).
I just wanted to update everyone affected by the shortage in this last drop:
I've just learned from our logistics team that we are sourcing the remaining units now. Those who have opted to wait will receive the rest of their order. Anyone who does not want to wait can reach out to our Community Support team for a refund.
Apologies again for this error, and thanks for your continued patience!
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Liz
Is there a timeframe yet on when the rest of the order will be shipped?
SallyZ
I just got word that all replacements should be shipped now. If you have not already received an email update, you should very soon!
Someone please refresh my memory. What was the cost of a 5 book package?
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I ordered 10 and received a single book
I ordered the 10pack and only received one notebook. I was not informed of any shortage nor asked if I wanted to wait to get a refund.
I just received my ordered pack of five, but only received one. I have sent an email to the support team. Perhaps the packer didn't realize that the quantity of 1 meant either one five-or one ten-set of books?? Any one else?
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not an employee, just well researched :) i'm just not sure that MD is a ponzi scheme lol
Thanks for your feedback, @Luke5403. I know this situation is extremely frustrating, and we're working on getting this resolved as soon as possible.
I've just learned from our logistics team that we are sourcing the remaining units now. Those who have opted to wait will receive the rest of their order. Anyone who does not want to wait can reach out to our Community Support team for a refund.
Apologies again for this error, and thanks for your continued patience!
Ordered pack of ten and mysteriously just received a single green book in a big box...
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I did, thanks Liz. i was just curious if it had happened to anyone else.
katemo
Same here.
Are you able to choose grid vs lined notebooks?
delta1162
Seems like the 1951 Clothbound is only provided in lined.
MorePie
That's a shame. Would prefer in order of preference grid, blank then lined
I am perfectly happy to buy at a reduced price but after only checking one other source ( Cult Pens) https://www.cultpens.com/i/q/CF43061/clairefontaine-1951-clothbound-notebook-a5-(148-x-210) I thought at first this must be the price for 10 # but I'm afraid, like some others this isn't quite such a bargain for only 5 # pads. I recently had comments from another member pooh poohing me for pointing out lower cost options for offers. I am often looking out for a bargain and I expect others are too, so what's wrong if I point others to where I find a better bargain than the one offered. I feel a bit sorry for anyone who has already paid and then sees the same item at a lower cost but I'm afraid that's life for you - as the late, great Sir Terry Wogan said 'As one door shuts another one closes'.
Karmabim
If you're in the US like me, I recommend buying only 5 at a time, as the postage will be a default of €10 instead of the €35 for 6 or more notebooks. Then if you're trying to go for a pack of 10, just buy 2 orders of 5. Additionally, they have a notepad for free if you spend more than €15 on Clairefontaine. So you can go a pack of 5 1951 clothbound with 1 free notepad each time.
Any chance of a letter sized clothbound notebook or similar? These are a little small for lab notebooks.
Less cost and faster shipping everywhere else, once again. Drop failure.https://www.massdrop.com/payment/42515
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Perhaps, but isn't that in the UK? US shipping might be high. I don't know, I haven't checked.
writerstephen
It is UK, for me it's about the same shipping since I am neither in US or UK. However shipping for my country is like 10$ so not all that bad. But it's nothing new that MD favors US customers.
So how much longer is there to wait? It has been nearly a month after projected shipping date. how come i have not received an email at least explaining why it is late?
Ok. So here I am with my first purchase on Massdrop and already disappointed by the no delivery to date. Any suggestions on whether I should wait it out or cut and run?
MNnicejustgoessofar
I've asked for a refund. I've never had an issue in the past, but this isn't worth the wait for me.
I love clairefontaine paper but I can get these for cheaper prices elsewhere.
spartaman64
Seriously, why buy them in bulk for more money and a longer wait when I can order à la carte from other official sellers and have them by the end of next week
Cannot wait for Tomoe River notebook drop.
Once you add in shipping the price is more than msrp
These are excellent notebooks, just questionable prices. Also, it's important to note that Clairefontaine owns Rhodia, and Rhodia notebooks use Clairefontaine paper. Difference is that Rhodia notebooks have more texture while these are smoother.
MeanEYE
Yes, the MSRP is overstated. Am I the only one who has a sense that Massdrop is collapsing under it's own weight?
Jacobus57
Honestly, I bought 3 drops. One still seems like a good value. One I got a color didn't see elsewhere, similar pricing. One drop feels like not such a great deal. I definitely am not pulling the trigger very often.
$8.75 shipping for notebooks!?
Massdrop has a bunch of idiots building these "Deals"
Goulet is less Andersonpens is leas Fountainpenhospital is less Amazon is less
AND SHIPPING IS SUPER FAST
so why the heck would I buy here?
Esteldin
Goulet is less. MD is losing credibility.
ScreamPai
Don't forget to enter "GourmetPens" coupon code for extra 10% off.
$6.95 each at gouletpen. 6.95*5 + 8.95(shipping)=43.7 If you live closer to gouletpen, shipping cost less. So....what's the point?
BADBOY
PenChalet has them for $4.50.
You can get them for $7 each at Gouletpens, this doesn't seem like a good deal at all...
Beastleviath
Cultpens has them for $5.9 ($4.89 if you are outside of UK) with $12 shipping abroad (as opposed to $22 on MD).
http://www.cultpens.com/i/q/CF43061/clairefontaine-1951-clothbound-notebook-a5-(148-x-210)