Top critical review
Paper quality has gone down - used to be 4 stars and is now 1 star
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2018
I purchased these for my business about 8 months ago and was very happy with the product. My two favorite top bound pads were no longer available, but the price and excellent quality made these a good replacement. After they ran out I made another order for a dozen more, and the paper quality is completely different. I could feel it immediately. The ink from the same pen now soaks through the pages and makes two sided writing impossible. I use these for notes for medical charting and it now means double the paper, double the space, double the waste - for the same price. I called Mead and they confirmed it's a manufacturing change, not a batch issue. In the picture I have written with three different pens/inks. The new one bleeds more (especially the second line) ands the ink shows through. Also it's harder to get a clean tear from the perforation because the paper is thinner. There is lots of writing on both sides - the last picture is the back sides of the pages.