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04-16-2009 04:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: pen turning

I just thought of an idea. (This is especially for those who turn and sell pens)

In this day and age, everybody is looking for a way to save money… so people are buying cheap writing instruments like BIC etc.

So for us pen turners, it is bad. BUT, if we can all manage to start a nation wide Hype for fountain pens and fine writing instruments, it could have some serious money in it for us.

Any body have any idea how to start one? i’m talking about a craze, like there was for bell bottomed jeans etc.

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#1 posted 04-16-2009 05:02 AM

Not sure how to start a craze but I think it’s a wonderful idea. I love writing. I refuse to use mechanical pencils or plain pens. I don’t think the written word is appreciated enough. Good luck.

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#2 posted 04-16-2009 06:49 AM

exactly. if we can convince people that real written letters etc. mean more and get them to appreciate writing than there will be a much larger market for high quality pens.

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#3 posted 04-17-2009 06:14 AM


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#4 posted 04-21-2009 10:12 AM

Seems to me your in a losing battle to sell turned pens a writing instruments, there are too many other sources that will always be cheaper.

If you market them as gifts with nice upscale boxes where gifts are the normal ware, that might hit the mark.

At gift shops or at craft fairs prior to holidays.

Possibly at woodworking events with a price good enough to be the souvenir that the public can walk away with in place of that table saw they couldn’t afford

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#5 posted 04-21-2009 06:26 PM

Crazes are bad actually – because while the small shops will rule at the start of the wave… big (industrial) shops and imports will take over and crush the little guy. When the wave breaks, and the pens hit the discount bins, the little guy will actually be worse off than he is now.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#6 posted 04-24-2009 04:22 AM

all of you are right. but i mostly meant the kind that RRGR is talking about

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