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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Is it weird that GouletPens.com doesn't sell pens?

The Goulet Pen Company is actually more than 3 years old, since Rachel let me buy my lathe and let me start turning pens. We built our whole business on selling nothing but pens, for almost 2 1/2 years! It's funny to think of that now, as we've completely flip-flopped our business now to focus entirely on fountain pen ink and paper.


The only thing is, we built our entire business/brand/reputation on being 'The Goulet Pen Company' with the GouletPens.com website! I'm actually surprised that we don't get asked more often why we have a pen company name but don't sell pens. Actually, we do sell pens..... J. Herbin glass dip pens, and the Creapen. But that's it (and they don't really count!). And the 4.5 ounce Noodler's inks come with free pens, so 'technically' we do carry those :P

I think it's not such a big deal because we're still selling pen related stuff. I think if we were maybe selling car mufflers or muffins or mittens or something like that people would ask more questions. So is our name weird, or does it not really bother you?

We're not changing it, but if we did, what would you name us?

12 comments:

  1. Brachel's Paper and Inkatorium ?

    The Goulet everything-else-you-need-since-you-already-have-a Pen Company ?


    greg

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  2. How about The Goulet AWESOME Comapny?

    Or better yet... just go with this: Bing Bang Bong. Ink and Paper.

    I like Greg's ideas, too :)

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  3. I still like "The Goulet Pen Company". You just need to add a tag line. Something like:

    "Products for the writing enthusiast"
    or
    "Paper & Ink for the fountain pen community"
    or
    something else....

    I have been having the same issue with my company. Pretty much all I am doing now is pens so "The Norsk Woodshop" does not really shout out penmaker. I named it that because I was doing a lot of Norwegian style carvings...

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  4. So, why did you stop making and selling pens?

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  5. Time. I have none. That's not the only factor, though. There were other issues like sourcing good quality nibs, even larger companies like Edison Pen Co. and Bexley have a hard time getting good nibs. The German nib makers require you to purchase insane quantities! All in all, there were a lot of things working against me, which is why you see so very few independent pen makers around. It's a tough business, even if you make good stuff!

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  6. I think the name still fits, you sell products to use with pens.. so close enough. Maybe a little odd.
    As a side note, how hard would it be/is it possible to convert some of your remaining rollerballs to fountain pens? I missed the boat on a Goulet fountain pen, but still would like to have one, kind of a historic item now..

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  7. I hadn't even thought of it, so nope doesn't bother me.

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  8. I thought of it, and was amused, but beyond that I don't care what you call yourselves. :)

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  9. You have a quality product line you're passionate about. Unless you're ready to bring that to bear on pens I won't encourage you to change anything.

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  10. I still like "The Goulet Pen Company". You just need to add a tag line. Something like:

    "Products for the writing enthusiast"
    or
    "Paper & Ink for the fountain pen community"
    or
    something else....

    I have been having the same issue with my company. Pretty much all I am doing now is pens so "The Norsk Woodshop" does not really shout out penmaker. I named it that because I was doing a lot of Norwegian style carvings...

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  11. Time. I have none. That's not the only factor, though. There were other issues like sourcing good quality nibs, even larger companies like Edison Pen Co. and Bexley have a hard time getting good nibs. The German nib makers require you to purchase insane quantities! All in all, there were a lot of things working against me, which is why you see so very few independent pen makers around. It's a tough business, even if you make good stuff!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I think the name still fits, you sell products to use with pens.. so close enough. Maybe a little odd.
    As a side note, how hard would it be/is it possible to convert some of your remaining rollerballs to fountain pens? I missed the boat on a Goulet fountain pen, but still would like to have one, kind of a historic item now..

    ReplyDelete

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