ZenPop Japanese Stationery Pack is a subscription box brought to you by ZenMarket filled with unique Japanese stationery and studying goods handpicked by their staff in Japan.
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About ZenPop Stationery Pack
The Subscription Box: ZenPop Stationery Pack
The Cost: $29.50 a month with free international shipping. Save with longer commitments.
The Products: 12 or more cute and useful stationery items like pens, notebooks, stickers, and more.
Ships to: Worldwide
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ZenPop Stationery Pack September 2018 "Back To School" Review
The box includes a thank you note with a coupon code to use on their site.
I find ZenPop’s info sheet to be really helpful since a lot of the packaging isn’t in English. It gives you a rundown of each item and this month’s theme is “Back to School.”
Hako Fusen Sticky Notes – Estimated Value $3.52 (similar item found here)
These sticky notes are perfect to mark pages in a book or binder and are neatly enclosed in a small case, so they won’t stick to anything else in your bookbag! I love the happy, fun, and colorful design.
In Japan, it is common to place a plastic board under the paper that you are writing on to ensure a smooth surface, and to avoid marking the other sheets below. This board features a playful design full of animals. The board measures 5" x 7", making it easily transportable in whatever bookbag you're using. I have horrible handwriting, so this item isn’t really of value to me. I’ll probably let my son decorate it with stickers.
Zebra Mildliners (5 pack) – Retail Value $10.00 (on sale for $5.82)
Highlighters are a back to school staple, and these “mildliners” boast that they are milder on your eyes due to their mild colors. Gosh, what they won’t think of next – and here I was still using neon yellow.
And here they are swatched. The colors still seem fairly vibrant to me, but since I never had a complaint about standard neon highlighters I will certainly add these to my supply for additional variety.
Big Mouth Sticky Notes
I received the piggy (out of 4 choices, including a panda, frog, or cat). The pig’s mouth is wide open, and a thought bubble floats above his head to contain your thoughts. You can use these notes separately or as a funny little set, and I plan to use my around the house with some one-liners to make my hubby chuckle when he stumbles upon one.
So, I admit – I'm a *cough* few years removed from academia and I didn't know what these were when I opened the box. After some googling, I realized these are the new "flashcards." Back in my day, we used index cards – but this is a great idea! This little bound stack of blank cards lends itself well to that use, providing you have tiny/neat handwriting.
Science Boy Stickers
These adorable stickers are sure to make a teen girl swoon. For me though, I love that the stickers are on a clear background and they have shadow outlines on the blue paper. I am going to let my son use these as a matching game, he is really into matching sticker shapes to outlines right now and this will give me a few minutes of sanity while he entertains himself!
Video Game Washi Tape
I love washi tape and use it for a variety of purposes – from gift wrapping to crafts to scrapbooking I am starting to build quite a supply! It's useful, adorable, and adds some whimsy to whatever you're designing. I love the video game theme – it makes me want to run and collect gold coins!
Animal Memo Pad
I love this versatile kitty notepad and plan to use it when I must leave notes to my cat-loving mother in law while she babysits my son! These notes are about 6” x 3” but are perforated across the middle so you can decide to use a whole or half based on your communication needs.
Pentel – Energize Pencil (0.5mm) – Retail Value $4.92
I’ve always been a big fan of mechanical pencils. This one is awesome – featuring a rubber grip (making it comfortable to hold) as well as a “slide and sleep” style, meaning that it’s retractable for when you’re not using it. It really has a great hand feel.
This was the standout item for me! I love these scissors. They unfold easily and take very little space. I crochet a lot, and these are perfect to throw in my craft bag. They take very little space and are far less bulky than traditional scissors. I found them to be sharp enough to cut through paper and thread easily, although that's probably about the extent. I doubt they'd cut through tougher material easily.
Bonus Item: Pentel - Petit Correction Tape
This one is for subscribers only, so if you buy the pack as a one-time purchase, you won’t get this item. This correction tape is in a cute little tube, but I had difficulty making it tear neatly as you can see in the photo. It ended up looking messy and wasn’t my favorite product.
Verdict: This month's ZenPop Stationery Pack had a great variety of back to school items. The standout for me was the smart scissors, I also really liked the mildliners, piggy post-it, and washi tape. There were a few misses for me – mainly the plastic board and the flashcards – but that’s the hand you’re sometimes dealt with subscriptions. Overall I was pleased and felt like the box itself was a good value, although I couldn’t find many of the items online to truly quantify the retail value of the merchandise I received.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, November will be your first box.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $29.50 + free shipping, which means that each of the 11 items in the box has an average cost of $2.68.
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