I started a bullet journal last year. I looked at my stash of 8.5x 5.5 hardback notebooks and picked a cheap one in case I became disillusioned. Markings brand, from Target I think. Bonded leather cover, fake stitching, fairly yellow paper, grid not dotted. The spine cracked within the first 6 weeks. I used PVA glue for the repair. I wasn't surprised by this crack really. I see this in lots of heavy use books. More surprised it was the only one. Elastic closure snapped around month 6. Otherwise it held up surprisingly well and was tougher than I anticipated. I used it nine months until the start of this year. It's doesn't lay as flat as I like, I'm not fond of the paper color or quality. For as cheap as this was, I'm surprised by it's durability. Not a notebook I particularly liked using but it held up. Year 2, Picadilly brand, grid again. I like grid I picked up a half dozen when Borders was going out of business. I've used one or two here and there for projects and liked them. They have a squared binding and good initial finish that I thought nicer than Moleskine at a lower price. I like the paper brightness and ink resistance better too. Again, I had a spine crack early on. Discovered two more cracks today. The spine binding is torn out now too. I had reinforced the binding with 3" book binding tape after the first crack. The tape is my binding now. The elastic closure was floppy and stretched out in spots. I trimmed it away in month 7. The original fabric applied to the paper block is managing still, but will need a little more glue to finish the year. I can't say this brand is up to the hard use of bullet journal in my edc. A good desk notebook certainly. There are two budget notebooks I'm now leery of in my stash, AmazonBasics and Walmart Exceed. I'll give those light desk duty as the paper and covers are clearly of lesser quality. Online reviews make me think they won't endure the use in my bullet journal habits. I've used Moleskine before, but not for about 8 years now. I don't like the paper much and the binding didn't lay flat well. They're expensive too. I never put one to as much abuse as these so I can't speak to toughness. For 2019, I've got a Leuchtturm, dotted pages, waiting. I'll see if it's as good as they say. I expect a spine crack. I don't see a mass produced binding not cracking in my daily use in edc bag. Leuchtturm is just as expensive as Moleskine, but I like the paper, pre set index,numbering and lay flat behavior better. Toughness remains to be seen. As to Bullet Journaling the system is good for me. I'm pretty minimalist in my approach, not artsy. I use Google calendar to collect external inputs to my calendar from family and work. I also schedule in advance there for appointments and such. Then build daily schedules with carryover from the bullet journal system. As to collections in bullet journaling, if they are something I'll use again they get moved to Evernote. The journal itself I shred a month or so into the new year. I'm not interested in keeping or leaving a record. Besides, the notebooks are hammered by that point.