Levenger - Free Shipping On Circa

Reprinted from Levenger email that I just received not moments ago;

"As a member of our Preferred Customer E-List, you're invited to enjoy free shipping on all our Circa notebooks, tools and refills, now through Sunday, May 13.* Because you can add and rearrange pages in a Circa notebook quickly and easily, Circa can help you bring your note-taking to the next level. It's as easy as 1-2-3. To learn more about how Circa works and what it can do for you."

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Even in Canada

It's free shipping to Canada (yes I ordered some stuff), so it would be worth investigating if it applies to Europe and Asia as well.

Just saying.

Free Shipping to Canada

Free Shipping to Canada but ... is there any reliable way to avoid Customs? I seem to recall one or two recent discussions here about Levenger using UPS or Fedex, rather than USPS and that sometimes there is a substantial Customs fee as a result.
~Cath

Pray?

There could be costums fees. In this case though, since the shipping fees are non-existant, I chanced it.

Asking on behalf of Pietrup/Pawel

Tournevis,
If they have an 800 number would you consider calling to ask?

I am asking on behalf of Pietrup/Pawel. I was going to pick up some Circa rings for him next week, if I have a chance. But it would make way more sense for him to order from Levenger directly if he can reliably avoid Customs, as well as Shipping.

Am I naive in thinking that if you make a point of asking that Levengers can shepherd it through the shipping process in such a way that the unnecessary Customs fees are avoided?

I did email Pietrup/Pawel with the suggestion that he look into that. But it would be nice to hear from anyone else that asks Levenger about it.

Perhaps Ryan can weigh in with some input?
~Cath

I had not thought of it

Calling them is a good idea, but there are limits to what they can do. Other than indicating "GIFT" on the package, there are few ways to avoide custom fees. My experience is that it's about 50/50. I got a gazillion books from Switzerland this morning and they zipped through costums with no fees.

If you pick up stuff for him and mail it directly, clearly indicating GIFT on the customs' slip, they will not have to pay fees. That's certain.

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It's here! When I came home from my trip, there was a box on my front step within which was my brand new beautiful Grapemist CircaPDA! And I did not have to pay any Import taxes because it turns out Levenger charges me 2.04$ GST. It was therefore tax cleared! It's beautiful and it's mine, mine, mine!

A great welcome home gift!

GST vs. Duties & Taxes vs. Shipping charges

-I'm on it.
I'll let you know what I find out.

Thanks,
Ryan

Shipping clarification - International

To Canada

Free Shipping to Canada but ... is there any reliable way to avoid Customs? I seem to recall one or two recent discussions here about Levenger using UPS or Fedex, rather than USPS and that sometimes there is a substantial Customs fee as a result.

I just learned that customers should not be receiving any bills from FedEx Trade Network for customs [re: Duties & Taxes.]

There could be costums fees. In this case though, since the shipping fees are non-existant, I chanced it.

(For any instances where this has occured in the past, please contact me directly so I can resolve them. Customers shouldn't receive a bill from FedEx for customs [usually a three page document.])

Therefore, with the current free shipping promotion, the only charge to Canada is the GST that is paid to Levenger at the time of purchase.

International orders (other than Canada)

Duties and taxes will still be applied to the order since the shipping method differs from regular ground (FedEx | Smartpost.) However, the actual shipping charge will be waived just like all other orders.

Thanks,
Ryan

That's what I said

As indicated in my earlier message on this board entitled "iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii".

"It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy." -- Steve Jobs

International shipments - duties and taxes

Thanks for the info, Ryan.

I was about to place an order for (my first levenger!) shipment to Europe. However, before I do that, can anybody tell me what the duties and taxes refer to? I don't tend to purchase from the US and am a little afraid of the amount this could be.

Also, while checking out on the site, it seems I can't select Spain as the country of destination. Could it really be that they don't do shipments to Spain?

Hope I can get a quick answer so that I can still make use of the free shipping.

Thanks guys!

Bas

Some countries, such as

Some countries, such as Canada, add a tax on products bought privately outside of the country and shipped from there. In Canada, at minimum, it is the Goods and Services Tax (GST), but on some "luxury" items (such as tech), it can be more.

"It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy." -- Steve Jobs

$15 off $75

A few days ago there was a Levenger ad on http://www.sciencedaily.com/ for $15 off a $75 order. Using that plus the free shipping I was able to get the desktop and portable punch for only $75 delivered. Unfortunately, the ads rotate and I don't know how long the Levenger ad is/was available, but it's probably worth checking before placing an order.

How's that for hopelessly geeky? I spend my spare time reading about science and office supplies.

Geeky

The real kicker is that you were able to read about science and office supplies at the same time!

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I saw the same ad at

I saw the same ad at Lifehacker.com several times last night (5/8/07). Finally used it to pick up the Bomber Jacket Circa Notebook in compact size. I'm new to Circa. My first products (punch and CircaPDA) haven't even arrived yet, but with the $15 coupon and free shipping, I couldn't resist.

Botheration!

Naturally, I ordered a punch before the shipping sale. Does Levenger follow a regular sale cycle (for example: one in the spring, one at winter.) I could count on Franklin Covey having at least a quarterly sale in case I needed to stock up.

I ordered a Circa starter

I ordered a Circa starter kit. My first time. I poo-pooed Circa til now. We shall see if the bug bites.

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I'm liking it

I assembled a prototype DIY classic-size Circa/Rolla planner yesterday and am very happy with it. I've already thought of some hacks I want to make to the cover, which would not have been possible with another system. Except for a brief freakout-moment when I thought I'd broken my punch* I'm very, very pleased with the setup. It's just darn cool.

* I got the brilliant idea to unscrew two of the dies on the punch and slide them out of the way, which left them in a stuck position. I managed to un-stick them, though, and have learned my lesson.

Give them a call

I'd call about getting a refund of the shipping charges if I were you. Many companies will adjust a recent purchase if something you JUST bought goes on sale. My wife does that quite a bit with clothes from Old Navy. Worth a shot!

Reese
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Well, it wasn't just a punch in the box...

There might have been a few other things stuck in that box besides a punch. :-) As I used one of their special-offer coupons to get the punch-and-other-things, complaining about shipping now seems a bit dishonest.

Besides, the LAST thing I need is store credit at Levenger. Too dangerous!

First Circa order!

I just placed my very first order for circa stuff! I had been planning to just order the starter kit to see how I liked the system, but after reading everyone's comments and Doug's great reviews, I've taken the leap and ordered the desk punch, a starter kit in all three sizes and an extra set of rings. My fiance has even been converted to circa based my descriptions alone! Thanks everyone for all your thoughts and great insight!

levenger circa free shipping reminder

I just ordered a few Circa things from Levenger that I have been wanting. Free shipping on Circa is available for a little over a week yet. Also, they've added FedEx as a shipping option. The site lists it as $2 more than SmartPost (the shipping method that people have been complaining about) but when I selected FedEx ground for my shipping, it still showed up as not having a shipping charge. Hooray!

Anyone interested in trying out the Circa system who isn't near a Levenger store may want to check this out. Another new thing they have is a pack of the sample notebooks available in all three sizes: letter, junior and compact.

-Kenny

Took the Circa Plunge Too

I've been test-driving a circa pda for about a week or so now (thanks Sara), and really like it. So tonight I took the plunge and ordered a portable punch, a sleeve of disks, and then noticed the free shipping and ordered some other circa stuff. I bought the 3 x 5 notecard pocket dock it and two sets of letter size translucent notebook covers.

I've been lagging behind the circa bandwagon, and finally hopped on board tonight. Now the waiting begins....

--Bob

Compact Translucent Covers

I started thinking after I order the starter set and a desk punch that I could use some more covers since I forsee an addiction to creating notebooks for everything I can. When I went to go back and order a set in the compact size, there weren't any. Customer service very nicely pointed out that they didn't make them. Does this strike any one else as strange? Covers for everything else, but no compact. I know its not the most popular size but still....

Ryan, perhaps you could bring this up and see about getting cover for us compact users in the works!

-Danielle-

Second that, Ryan. Compact AND PDA size covers.

It would be nice to see all the available cover sizes available in the accessories.
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DIY Cover

I noticed that too, Danielle. That's why I was quite pleased to learn that the Letter size covers come four to a set (2 sets of two covers, that is). With one of them I intend to make a 3x5 notecard booklet with my pocket dock-its. The other set will be cut to size for my DIY circa pda. If I exercise good cutting judgment (something that would be a first for me), I will be able to make two circa pda's plus a 5 x 3 booklet too.

--Bob

Compact Translucent Covers

Danielle,

Ryan, perhaps you could bring this up and see about getting cover for us compact users in the works!

ADS3345 (Set of 2 Translucent Circa Covers, Compact)

They do not appear on the website yet, but are available to order through Customer Service.

Second that, Ryan. Compact AND PDA size covers.
Submitted by ygor on Mon, 2007-05-07 07:05

There were no plans to sell the 3x5 covers separately. Do you see an advantage of these over a "slightly user-hacked" pack of 3x5 dividers?

Thanks,
Ryan

Hm..

Hi.

If Levenger isn't going to offer 3x5 covers, maybe I will. :)

Transparent or Translucent
Square or rounded
Punched or Unpunched
3x5, 3.5x5.5, 3x5.5, or 3.5x5...

:)

What price for a pair? Hm..

shris

Disappointed :(

There were no plans to sell the 3x5 covers separately. Do you see an advantage of these over a "slightly user-hacked" pack of 3x5 dividers?

Yes, they'd have the spiffy Levenger logo on them.
However, I can make do with poly index card dividers if I must.

One more wish-list item: They did slash-pockets for the 3-by-5 notebook. How about for the PDA ? The 3x5's are wider to allow for the smurfs and would look scruffy with the edges hanging out. Also, their construction would make cutting them down impractical.

Contrarywise, anyone know about the sort of plastic used ? How to fold/score and bond/glue/fasten it ?
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Quilter's template material

ygor,

I've seen quilter's template material that is very similar, if not quite the same weight.

Other than that, I do see a difference between the 3x5 PDA covers and the dividers, with the dividers being slightly less heavy. Also, the covers have a smooth back while the dividers have that pebbly surface on both sides. Why does that matter? It doesn't a whole lot, but I use Post-Its quite a bit and they stick just fine on the smooth back of the cover, but not quite so securely to the pebbled surface. Not a big deal, but I'm glad I bought the grapemist PDA (just the plastic version).

DIY Cover Material

I am fortunate enough to work for an office supply company - usually a good thing, but it certainly feeds the addiction, if you know what I mean :-)

This does put me in the position of easy access to the multitude of products out there for our DIY needs. I find myself ordering many items only to find that they are not suitable for what I had intended. Luckily for me I can try and return them, not just handle them at Staples or some such place and get stuck with them when they are no good.

My quest for the perfect cover material has been a fairly involved and difficult one. I have tried any number of options in various brands and versions- the poly index card dividers mentioned here, poly file folders, report covers, you name it. Most are simpy too lightweight to serve the purpose, certaily not the nice heavy quality of the Levenger covers. But there is hope!

I have found THESE from Avery, which are about the same thickness and hardness as the plastic Levenger uses. They are frosted/textured on the outside, smooth inside, and come in gray, blue and purple. Unfortunately, no clear. They do JUST fit into the desktop punch, but you have to work to punch the stuff. The biggest negative is that the swing clip ruins them for letter-sized covers- you need to cut them down for smaller sizes. I've used them for classic, 3x5 notebook and circaPDA style covers. They are a bit pricey - $2-3 each, but you can get a decent number of small covers from each.

Reese
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Only stupid people.

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Bob... I totally did not see this coming~! :D Very glad to have you as part of "the dark side."

I know you love your Moleskines... just a lil inspiration: LINK .

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Hmmmm. Nice idea, Sara

I have some of the black cover Cahir's that I was not using -- until now !!
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Oooo, Sara ... thanks for

Oooo, Sara ... thanks for the link!

To answer the question you posted on the picture asking if there are any tips or tricks for doing this conversion, the answer is in the perforated pages in the second half of a Cahier notebook, which makes it really easy to tear the pages neatly without needing to use blade or scissors. Blade or scissors are only needed to cut the covers to fit the inside pages.

Very Cool

Thanks for the link Sara! I just happen to have an old Moleskine Cahier that I've been trying to figure what to do with. I see a 5 x 3 circa booklet in its future....

--Bob

I ordered the letter size

I ordered the letter size starter. I've got my eye on one of the folios and a couple of the leather notebooks, but want to see just how much I'll actually use it before investing that much money into it. I'm anxiously awaiting its arrival, hopefully by Thursday according to the tracking.

Gwynne

Free shipping to Malaysia,

Free shipping to Malaysia, too. I'm so pleased with this, I might order more Circa stuff with the money saved from shipping.

FedEx overnight free too!

I placed an order, and was exploring the shipping options, and clicked the FedEx Standard Overnight, and it showed up as free also, and I should be getting my desk punch and larger rings today. I also ordered a Junior starter kit, to get another set of covers and dividers.

I was going to order an agenda and/or some paper, but decided to roll my own using the forms here, so to speak. I'm almost finished with GTD, so I'm going to set it up for that.

Mike

wish I'd known that!

I picked the regular FedEx - I think FedEx Ground. I figured the that and SmartPost would be the only free shipping options.

-Kenny

Smartpost has a tendency to

Smartpost has a tendency to take a bit. It took 9 days for me to receive mine, 9 days of anxiously waiting and checking my mailbox daily. But now it's HERE! Yay!!! Of course this means I have to now order the punch, and more paper, and maybe a couple more sizes......

Gwynne

exactly

That's exactly why I didn't use SmartPost. The site said FedEx was the cost of SmartPost + $2. I figured the $2 was worth it to get my stuff in a week instead of two weeks. My order is supposed to come in tomorrow. Turned out FedEx shipping was free for all the Circa stuff. YAY!

-Kenny

A couple of weeks ago I

A couple of weeks ago I placed my order and left the default selection (SmartPost) checked, but they sent it FedEx ground for free anyway. Not sure if this is what always happens, but that's how my order came. Didn't take too long to get to Madison at all.

ooo

ooo another 'sconsin-ite... we are taking over the diy-world~! ;P

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Yeah, maybe I need to design

Yeah, maybe I need to design a DIY template to use at beer & cheese tastings! :)

yummm

we should have the diyplanner convention we all dream about up here in the Dairy State! We have enough beer, cheese and brats to share :D

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You are welcome to my two brats...

I'd rather leave them home....
Oh, you mean the big spicy hot-dogs, right ?

:D
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