The Hype


I may inadvertently start an uprising with this post. You have been warned.

I've been seeing alot about Erin Condren planners lately in bog world. If you are a blogger and you haven't heard of them, you must not read other blogs (but here you are, hearing about it on here now, so you must read blogs).

With all the buzz about them, I thought they must be some major breakthrough in the world of planners or something, because everyone is talking about them. And alot of people are willing to pay $50 for them, so they must be cool, right?

I checked out the website though, and I must say I don't understand the hype.

Sure, they are really cute and they are personalized . . . but is that it? Is everyone really willing to pay $50 just for cute?

I'm sorry, but I just don't think they are worth that much, cute as they are. Do you know what I could buy for $50?

Will someone please explain this to me?





P.S. I know there's been deals going on where you can get them for $20-25 dollars, which is a vast improvement over $50, but it's still debatable to me whether it's even worth that.
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LeAnna said...

Can I hi-five you? 'Cuz I don't get this latest trend, either. I mean, a piece of paper and a pen work equally as good for me...And man, take $25 or $50 to the thrift store and I could furnish an entire room or significantly add to my wardrobe. ;)

Tami said...

I thought the same thing when I saw all the hype and then saw how expensive they are. I was able to get one for about $12.00 and I think that's a reasonable price for a planner but I would NEVER pay more than 20 bucks for a planner. I haven't received it yet but I will definitely be blogging about it when it gets here!

Danielle said...

I must admit I have fallen for this hype! I love them and think they are so very precious and maybe they would help me stay organized but however I haven't bought one. Even with the deal I can't justify to myself or the hubs why I need a $25 dollar planner. I have been on the search for a cheaper one though :)

Anonymous said...

I would NEVER pay $50 for the planner. I am getting one though...for FREE! :) And that I can't pass up.

Jenni Lynn said...

I too have seen these planners talked about in other blogs..... and I don't get it either and $50? My first thought was, doesn't everyone just use their phone?

Lauren said...

I bought a discount code on Zulily for basically $20 off...and yes, I paid $30 for the hype! I'm trying to jump back into the wonderful world of planners with Elyse on the way, and I'm always more likely to use it if it's CUTE!

However, I was having a very hard time swallowing the $50 price tag...so $30 was much better!

Mrs. G said...

The Erin Condren craze shows how influential female bloggers can be with marketing a product.

I thought they were cute, too, so I checked out the website, expecting to see something amazing that would revolutionize my planning.

What I saw was a cute planner that wouldn't fit my needs. Even if it was perfect for me, I don't think I'd pay $50 for it! I'd rather make my own customized organizer or buy a planner for a lot less at Target.

Unknown said...

I am wondering the same thing!

Ash said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only blogger thinking this! I have seen so many people post about them and when I went to check them out, I was shocked at the price and it was just a regular 'ole planner to me!

Nicole said...

Ahhh, the voice of reason! Thank you!!! I'm with you 100%. I have a planner, on my phone. That's all I need. The last thing I need is one more thing to keep track of and stuff in my purse!

Emily Powell said...

agreed! I looked them up and I think it's a waste. I thought I would want one for sure and then I looked into them and realized it was a waste. no thanks :)

Jenene said...

I've never heard of these planners until this post, and I think $50 is WAAAAAAAY too much to pay for a planner. Even if it's personalized. I mean, I like a cute planner and all.

But for $50, it better do something, like actually say my name. Out loud. Every time I open it.

Katie said...

Seriously. THANK YOU! Everytime I read another post about someone buying one of these I kind of want to scream. ITS A PLANNER.

Supposedly they have "cool tabs" and all kind of ways to organize your life yaddayadda but seriously people, a pad of paper that is a dollar can work just fine. Not to mention, a planner cannot CANNOT improve your life in a siginificant positive direction. If you are that disorganized, that planner is not going to help you. It's just a dang planner!

Phew. Thank you for providing me an outlet to vent ;)

Nicole said...

Looks like your followers are all on board with you. Don't drink the kool-aid, bloggers... just dont!

Heather @ Simple Wives said...

I've not purchased one myself, but yes I do see them everywhere in "blog" land. If I could score a really amazing deal, I'd probably be willing to buy one, just because it's personalized. However, I would never shell out $50 for one. Too many other things I can do with that kind of money!

Amanda said...

I am SUCH a planner person. Some people are willing to spend a little bit more money on things they love.. well I was so willing to spend $50 on a planner... but not just for no reason. I was going to wait until christmas, and ask for it as a gift.
But then I WAS able to get it for $20. :) So I ordered one. I love planners. :)

Jessica said...

Just another one of those things that I agree 100% with you about...I don't get it either! I won't pay that much for a planner (even the discounted ones). Plus I think I've had more fun creating my own planner (my home organizing binder) And it was so much cheaper!

Anonymous said...

Confession: I bought one, it's adorable and I love Erin who provides personalized service but do I use it?

Nope.

I'm still a mess!

Lesson learned...

Claire said...

I'm embarrassed to say this is the first I've heard of them!

Natalie said...

oh thank you!
I have totally been wondering the same thing and thought i must be missing something because i didn't get it either when i went to the website!

Meghan said...

I have one on the way. I'm a huge planner and checklist person. I have an online planner at work and a big monthly calendar at home... but was looking for something easy to keep with me that holds all of the info. in one place. With the crazy, jam-packed holiday season ahead I treated myself to one. I used the $25 off code that I found on a couple other blogs. I agree, it's just a planner... but it's convenient, cute, and I needed something special after the crazy week I was having. :)

Melanie said...

First time I've heard of them! Looks like a big waste of money to me!! LOL I could think of alot of other things I'd rather spend $50 on personally!

Melissa said...

Thank you, Callie! I completely agree! I actually got one last year. Nobody was talking about them then. I found the website by googling cute planners or something. I loved how they looked online. But i got mine... & though it was VERY CUTE & well organized & packaged & all that... it was not worth the price. For one thing, the pages come off the spiral after awhile. For another, the notepads that i paid EXTRA for easily & quickly came off of the back end. There were other things as well, but i can't remember now. I didn't use it the whole year, even! Because i just got sick of how it was not holding together! I told myself never again. I justified it, saying it was ok for me to spend that much since i am a planner FREAK & it would go to good use! Well, it didn't. This year i got a $14 monthly one from Barnes & Noble & i love it!! I would love a cute planner that is personalized but $50??? Really? :(

I hate saying that b/c i'm sure erin condren is a cool chic! But that's just wayyyyyyyy too pricey!

CAC said...

I read the post right when you put it up I think, and there were no comments! I wasn't about to be the first, but was dying to see what the responses were! Anyway, I hear ya--they are so cute, and I get it, BUT for me, it's just too much money for something I can do at home. In fact, I'm working on my own version today. It won't be as cute, but, I'm having fun putting it together!

Unknown said...

I have read about these too and I don't understand either Callie. I could by a £10 planner and write my own name on it. Then it's still cheap and personalised!

AgnesandAmy said...

I just about pooped my pants when I almost had to pay $10 for a planner, so I totally get it. And I'm sure you can understand how STOKED I was when I found a planner on sale for $2.50. I can't imagine being okay with myself if I spent $50 on a planner--or even $20.

There are plenty of cute planners out there that are much cheaper than $50. Some even cuter. So no, I don't get the hype, either.

Maybe if it comes with a bar of gold. Does it come with a bar of gold? ;)

Amie said...

To be honest, I don't get it. I have a great planner that is essentially the exact same (super cute and everything) that I got at Walmart for maybe $10. Anyway, another blogger just wrote about how to get one for $12.50 so here's the link.
http://robertslove.blogspot.com/2011/10/erin-condren-life-planner-for-1250.html

~Momma to Twin Girls~ said...

I totally agree -I think the ones at Target as equally as cute and cheaper. I am not a planner so I just use my iphone for my calendar needs. I think Mrs. G. said it well - "The Erin Condren craze shows how influential female bloggers can be with marketing a product." SPOT on! :)

Jen | Our Life Accounts said...

We use our phones but I decided we needed a planner we could both consult that was detailed, had lots of room for the to-do lists and projects we're constantly juggling and I wanted it to be an all in one sort of deal. Also, something mildly fun but not cutesy. I have a lot of lists I have to juggle and it got to be too much singularly looking at a calender on a phone that had every single day marked off as having stuff going on. We still use our phones as our on-the-go calenders but when we're booking out ref games and tournaments or other time commitments spread over long time periods, it's far easier to have a color coded planner.

I got the planner and wasn't sure how I felt about it at first...I didn't buy it for it's cuteness. However, I've used it quite a bit now and it's held up really well and it's working out nicely. It's definitely kept things organized and I didn't pay anywhere close to full price.

I didn't buy it for the hype or because other people were gabbing about it (in fact I find that quite a turnoff). If I wanted to, I could go out and buy a $150 franklin uber-organized planner but it wouldn't necessarily work any better. This one was cheap, met both Hubs and my needs and holds up decent. I didn't buy any of the extra nonsense but they still filled my package full of freebies (labels, pads etc).

So that's my review. I think you just need to find what works for your lifestyle and your budget. $50 might be a lot to some people and a drop in the bucket to others. Some may find it helps keep them better organized because they like using it and that the organization saves them money enough that's it worth it.

Unknown said...

I don't understand either! Oh well!

cait said...

haha. love your honesty! this cheapo won't even pay $10 for a planner!! Although, I do love a planner, that's for sure! The wal-mart version will have to do for this gal!

My Dear Gs... said...

I totally agree and can't figure out the hype. Happy to see someone else felt the same way. Besides, isn't the reason I carry around an iPhone and iPad so I can have my schedule and plans digitized??

She Said... said...

I haven't heard of them before, I must be SO behind on the trends! But I don't see the point in spending $50 on a planner either. That seems ridiculous to me!

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