Product Type: Ryman in Homeware
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Quality and quantity combined!
Ryman Refill Pad A4
Member Name: jeremyjiao
Ryman Refill Pad A4
Advantages: Brilliant quality for its price
Disadvantages: Tacky cover
I picked up my first Ryman Refill Pad only last week (though I had seen it inside Ryman stores before, and had wondered if I should sample it or not) for the shockingly low price of 99p for 320 pages- what an absolute bargain! You can perhaps purchase the same amount of lined paper in your local pound stores, but of inferior quality by far. For good quality paper, I did not think that Rymans (which I had never thought of before as a particularly bargain worthy store) would be able to supply it for such a low price, and that there had to be some kind of setback on it... right?
I absolutely hate writing on bad quality paper- it makes you write slower and distorts your writing; moreover, it is uncomfortable. Like I have mentioned, you can probably buy refill pads at this price; but the lined paper inside is more than likely to be so thin that your ink manages to seep straight through, and onto the next page. This Ryman Refill Pad was an exception however- the pages, if not even thicker than acceptable, were more than adequate for writing on- even if I used a writing utensil such as a fountain pen or a blotchy ink pen, it would not go through. The paper is quite thick and regular, just as paper inside a good quality refill pad.
The paper is very easy to rip out of the pad, which is good, and it is also possible to remove paper from the back of the pad without all the front pages falling out. The lines are grey and regular, but not faded, with a blue margin. Unlike other refill pads of which I have come across previously, when the paper is ripped out there is no sticky, gummy residue at the sides.
I had seen the previous bold, red cover for this refill pad; unfortunately, they have for some reason decided to change this into a rather more unattractive cover, in a shade of shocking neon green. This I do find is quite a bit tacky, but this has not put me off the product at all; it is about the paper in the refill pad after all, not its cover. This is backed by recycled cardboard, which helps to reinforce the structure and make it stay rigid (so that you can write on it without a hard surface underneath. The cover prevents the top page from collecting too much dust.
This refill pad has been very useful to me these past few days- I can write away and there is still more than half the pad left- 320 pages does, after all, take quite some time to use up. It is the standard A4 size, so it can slot easily into files, folders and ring binders with little to no fuss. The pages also have four hole punched holes,just in case a specific folder requires it to have that much.
In conclusion, a brilliant bargain from Rymans- you get quality and quantity all for the price of 99p. However, I am not sure how much longer this offer is going to stick around, as it is already growing increasingly popular and of high demand- so next time I pop into Ryman, I will be sure to stock up! It is extraordinarily good value, a very good option if you want to save a little bit extra money. I would highly recommend this.
Summary: Lovely refill pad!