Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: Totoro Backpack!~

Do you know about the Wish App? It's pretty much an online market place where folks list items for sale. You just scroll through and find the item you are looking for and press buy. Most of these items come from China and are priced very cheaply. Also, so many sellers are selling the same things that you have to dig around to find the least expensive listing.

A co worker told me about the app and I also saw someone in one of the craft groups I'm in posting about buying craft supplies. I figured I'd see what it was all about. It's huge! I didn't realize how much  and what is listed on there. I was finding things for my home, clothing, electronics, craft supplies of course, toys, etc. A lot of the items start at a dollar and even shipping starts at a dollar. Though because you paid a dollar for shipping, the items take forever.

Anyways, I bought a few craft supplies and in my searches I came across a Totoro backpack. It was black and simple. I needed a new backpack so I thought why not. I found the seller with the lowest price, checked out the reviews, and placed my ordered.

Almost a month later it arrived. It showed up in time for me to really put it to work and I took it with me to Emerald City Comic Con. I present to you a review of the Totoro backpack!

When it arrived, it was just packaged in a large bubble mailer. It survived the trip though and that's what mattered. The print of Totoro is nice and crisp. There were no missing parts or anything. It's not really printed on, more like painted on, if that makes sense.

There were pieces of string all over the straps of the bag. It all looked finish just not cut off. I took a pair of scissors and cleaned it up. Also, it had a very strong plastic smell. I didn't want to spray it down so I shoved dyer sheets in it to help. I had to leave it alone for a few days. Now that I've been using it and letting it air out, the smell is faint if not gone.

The bag is made of a canvas type material. The straps felt very strong and besides the finished pieces of string hanging off, everything looked good. It has two zipper pockets, a tablet pocket inside the main pocket, and a back pocket. I actually throw in my graphic novels in there so I'm unclipping and zipping my back open every 5 mins when I get to sit and read! The snaps for the flap are plastic so I do have to be careful with it. I have terrible luck with plastic clips. It also came with a strap if I want to carry is as a crossbody bag which was really neat. The straps have Totoro written on it along with an outline of him.

It terms of using it for 5 days straight while at ECCC, only one issue! The small pocket folds into itself and when I zip it close, the fabric catches and I have to sit there and try to pull the material out of the zipper teeth. The straps didn't get loose, the zipper kept on zipping, and nothing felt like it was tearing. I was carrying at most, two sketch books, 3 graphic novels, my wallet, a coin pouch, my phone, and a bottled drink.

Over all two thumbs up for something that I bought online through an app. In terms of using the WISH app, I haven't had issues with it. There were a few craft items that I ordered which never showed and they were quick to refund my money so I could order it again either through the same seller or someone else. If I also did get an item that was questionable, like the double sided foam tape rolls that had a strong chemical smell, they refunded me and asked no questions.

I'm actually tempted to make a full WISH haul video (when I'm not tired as all heck from working) showing off what I've gotten. Since the backpack I've gotten more crafty items, jewelry, and random accessories.

Have you used the WISH app? What are your thoughts on it? I will say with items as low as a dollar, it does get dangerous!

Disclaimer: I bought this item with my own money, used the app on my own, and have come to the conclusion that this may also NOT be an official Totoro item. 


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