Why not a Moleskine?

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Recurring complaints tend to come up when discussing Moleskines, all with some legitimacy.

  • Cost - Moleskines are expensive. While they seem egregiously expensive compared to the 99 cent notebook you can get at the drugstore, that's a somewhat unfair comparison. When compared to notebooks with similar attributes and quality (such a high-end composition books) the difference is far less outrageous, but is still pronounced. While the cost may be of use for those who consider it a part of ritual, it can also be a deterrant to use, as people may be unwilling to mar an expensive notebook with their 'trivial' notes.
  • Marketing - Each Moleskin includes the Chatwin_Insert, a potent little marketing tale empahsizing the uniqueness and artistry of the Moleskine. As a whole, Moleskine's benefit from their association with a romantic ideal of writing - they are designed to look and feel like the kind of notebook great authors and poets would use to capture their thoughts. The fact that they look like the notebook that Indiana Jones' dad used doesn't hurt either. As with any such marketing, it rubs some folks the wrong way, inspiring responses ranging from dismissal to outright disdain. --rdonoghue 10:34, 30 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Fanciness - I've met a number of people who can well afford Moleskines and don't mind the "marketing," but who find them very intimidating. The idea of writing in something so fancy makes them overthink even the most basic notes or drafts, making the notebook useless for them as a capture device. Many end up moving to Legal Pads, Index Cards or the like, and they usually never look back. --Merlin 18:30, 9 May 2005 (EDT)
    • A Moleskine is a very nice repository of Post-It notes. My preference is for the 2x3" size, so that there are two stacks of such notes per page (on the smaller Moles). That size is ideal for "chunks" which could represent pointers to information or actions. This addresses the binary choice between permanent and transitory note-taking, while maintaining the fancy look and feel of a Mole. --gochess 12:10, 10 May 2005 (EDT)
  • Flimsiness - This may seem like an absurd charge to level against Moleskines, since as is rightly pointed out elsewhere, the binding, stitching, and paper quality are far superior to most other similar products ... however, every Moleskine I've ever carried with me for any length of time has surrendered (one end of) its elastic strap fairly early on in its tenure. I don't know if I'm snapping it too vivaciously when I close my journal or what, but sooner or later one end detaches itself from the book. This was true even of Moleskines in which I was not carrying much of anything in the back pocket. Speaking of which, if you're planning to use a mini as a wallet by carrying cards/money/etc. in the back pocket, go ahead and reinforce it with some tape at the outset, rather than losing your valuables when the edge of the pocket wears through ... still, having said all that, I should note that I spent 35 dollars on Moleskines this week. Why? Because when I write in one, I feel like a goddamned writer. Especially if I'm smoking a cigarette at the time.

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