I've been accumulating business cards as I navigate Newark arts and events, and especially during this year's Open Doors artabaloo, but didn't have any place to file them alphabetically. I found a business-card filebox at the Container Store online some months ago, but it was $8 (now $6) and the only store in North Jersey is in Paramus, which is much too far to go for a $6 item. Nor did I want to buy online and have a shipping and handling charge tacked on. And package deliveries to my house are problematic, especially if I'm not awake when the guy arrives.
I stopped in to two different Staples stores for other things, and asked if they had a business-card filebox when I didn't see one. No, they decidedly do not. And why would they? Nobody but businesspeople accumulates business cards, and they can either staple them to Rolodex cards and put them into their existing Rolodex, or they can buy a Rolodex designed for business cards, with plastic sleeves for the cards, at a mere $23! They also had a leatherette portfolio with plastic sleeves for business cards, but fixed to individual 8½" x 11" sheets, so that you couldn't maintain alphabetical order without moving lots of cards whenever you got a new one. I said to the helpful lady at the West Orange Staples that she should suggest to management that they add a business-card filebox to their line. She said she felt that management doesn't listen to anything employees have to say, but I said that if ever a manager does ask if customers have asked for anything they don't offer, she should mention a business-card filebox. She said she would, but Staples still, months later, does not offer such a simple, inexpensive plastic box with dividers.
A couple of weeks ago, I saw that I was running very low on kitchen matches. Looking at the nearly empty matchbox made me think that maybe I could use that for business cards. It turned out to be too narrow in the short dimension to fit standard business cards. But sideways, there's room to spare.
It's less than ideal, I grant. It's a little flimsy, and the cards are too tall for the cardboard boxtop sleeve into which the match-holding portion of the package ordinarily fits, to slide back into place, so there's no cover. But it looks like it will hold about 100 (dusty) cards, and by the time I need more space, I'll have run out of matches again! Meanwhile, if ever I'm near a Container Store (there are two in Manhattan) when it's open, maybe I will splurge on a neat, sturdy, plastic, covered filebox, blow the dust off the cards in my matchboxes, and have a professional business-card filebox on my desk. Who knows? By then maybe even the stolid management of Staples will have woken up and offered such an item themselves.