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Friday, November 19, 2010

Black Friday is apparently TODAY for GouletPens!!

I think today is going to be a busy day.

There are a lot of things happening over at GouletPens.com today. Here's what we have going up for sale at some point today:
  • Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses
  • J. Herbin 1670
  • Exclusive 'test market' Noodler's Nib Creaper Fountain Pens
  • Pelikan Edelstein Onyx
Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses
 

This ink has created a lot of buzz lately. It was only announced a week ago today that it even existed. We immediately ordered it and received our shipment in yesterday. We decided to wait a day to list it though because the 1670 is expected to come in today and we wanted to wait list them together since we figured there would be a lot of people who'd want both inks. 1670 could come at 8am, or 8pm, we have no idea. As soon as we get it in and check it all out, we're going to list everything at once and let the madness begin!

I simply couldn't resist, I had to try the ink for myself. I did a swab of it and also inked up my Pelikan M800 italic to see what the fuss is all about. Keep in mind, these are fairly quick pictures and color edits, and though they are color adjusted, they appear a little more purple in the pics here than in person. Check it out:

My take on it? Pretty friggin' sweet. It has some intense shading, and is a pretty wet writing ink. It writes very nicely in my italic, and in the Noodler's Nib Creaper pen I tried it in. It's a color pretty close to Diamine Syrah, but with much wilder shading. I don't think this ink will be one to disappoint, especially if you're using a flex or italic nib.

Black Swan comes in 3 ounce bottles and we'll be selling it for $12.50 a bottle, a pretty darn good price for what you get! We've been told by our distributor that they don't have any more, so once we're out, we're out. I suspect it will go fast, probably by the end of the day, if not in a matter of hours after we list it.

We aren't imposing a limit-per-person rule for this ink, but we do ask if you please aren't in dire need of multiple bottles that you give others a chance to purchase. The demand for the ink has spiked rapidly and we're expecting to get cleared out in record time. We know not everyone that wants it will get a chance to get it from this first batch, and we're so sorry about that! 

J. Herbin Rouge Hematite (1670 anniversary ink)


This is a limited edition ink, and that's no joke. The last shipment of it we had was in September, and that was sold out in 2 hours. Before that, it was July, and that also sold out in 2 hours. In the last 5+ months we have had this ink in stock on our website for less than 5 hours total.

We're happy to announce that we're expecting our largest shipment of 1670 ink that we've ever received to arrive today. Barring any shipping damage or something crazy, we will look to have it listed for sale as soon as it comes in and we are able to inventory the bottles. If you haven't been able to get it before, today will be your best chance yet.

This will be the first time we've ever sold this ink without a 'one-per-person' rule!! Grab as many as you like, especially keeping in mind these will make GREAT Christmas gifts! The ink comes in a 50ml bottle and costs $20 at GouletPens.com.

Noodler's Nib Creaper Fountain Pen

This pen is one that you've probably never seen. I know I hadn't before we got them in yesterday! They're based on the same body type as the Noodler's Nib Creaper Rollerball pen (right), which is currently regularly available for sale.


The Nib Creaper Fountain pen has a ventless nib. What that means is there's no air 'breather' hole in it like most fountain pens. From what I understand, this is a design more common in certain vintage pens. Here's some pics of the pen:


Like the rollerball, it's a piston-filling pen with a blind cap:


Here's the difference in the nib on the Noodler's Piston Fountain Pen (left) and Nib Creaper (right):


It's important to note that this pen does not have the ebonite feed like the other Noodler's pens, but they do have nibs with a hint of flex to them. I don't think I would advertise them as 'flex' pens, but there is a bit of line variation as you write. The Noodler's 'Flex' nib pens are expected in the next couple of weeks.

At GouletPens.com we have an exclusive, limited stock of these Nib Creaper ventless nib fountain pens, and once they're gone I don't know if they'll ever come back. A lot of that will have to do with how popular they are! So what I'll need is for anyone who purchases one to be sure to give us feedback about its use. We're going to look to set up some kind of online survey especially for this purpose, and we'll contact you about it if you buy one. At $14, it's not a bad pen!!

Pelikan Edelstein Onyx


It's been months since we've ordered this ink, and for some reason Pelikan hadn't sent any into the US, until now! We received our backorder yesterday, completely out of the blue. So, it's getting lumped in with the release of all this other stuff today!! Why not? I did a review of this ink here on Ink Nouveau as I did have one test bottle, so you can check that out.

This ink will be available in a fairly limited quantity at GouletPens.com. A 50ml bottle goes for $19.

My Recommendation:


If you really want any of this stuff here, do these things:
  1. Sign up for the email notification for whatever of these products you want. 
  2. Load up your cart at GouletPens.com with whatever else you want first (other inks, paper, wax seal stuff, etc). You can save your cart and have everything but this limited stock stuff ready to go. When you get the email notification on whatever it is you're waiting for, you can quickly load it in your cart.
  3. Checkout fast! Complete your payment for the whole purchase, and you're giving yourself the best chance at getting the good stuff! You aren't reserving anything just by having it in your cart, it's all about who checks out first.
I will warn you, we're expecting an extremely high volume of purchases this weekend. We've geared up with an overall increase in our inventory, but we're sure to be out of stock on more products than usual. We're going to reorder things as quickly as we can, but because of this coming weekend followed by Thanksgiving, expect some holes.

Also, expect it may take a little longer than our 24-36 hour typical ship time. It's just me and Rachel working here, and we'll be pulling loooooong days, but we can only pack so many orders in a day. We're going to be working like crazy people, so your patience is appreciated.

It's going to be a crazy fun day!

82 comments:

  1. Cool. See u online at the store tomorrow :)

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  3. Lets get this truck rolling!! I got my credit card ready!!!!

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  4. Hang tight everyone! We're just waiting on the 1670 shipment... it's on the FedEx truck out for delivery, just want to get it physically in our hands. If it comes this morning, we'll likely release everything around 12 or 1pm (to give our west coast friends a chance to wake up!). Stay tuned. :)

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  5. Good morning, West Coast awake and ready with my credit card ;)
    Thank you Rachel :-)

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  6. Still waiting on the 1670 as of 2:42pm EST.....

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  7. I forgot to mention, we have replacement rollerball tips too!! They're only the actual metal part of the tip with the wick, not the entire tip with the threaded plastic part. We'll have them listed with everything else! Sorry I forgot to include those, you can imagine we were a tad rushed just getting everything in late yesterday, and testing the ink, taking pictures, and writing the whole blog post last night (all in all, it took us about 6 hours). Rachel was working feverishly to get everything listed, especially since we didn't even have a picture of the test market pens. We were up until nearly 4am last night!!

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  8. ALright Ya'll. I gotta leave work so i will be sans computer for about an hour and a half. Dont post the goods till i get back!!! PLEASE!!

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  9. Douglas, at the rate we're going it'll be dark before Fedex shows up!!! We're going stir crazy here, so I can't promise we'll wait at all once the truck shows up :P You should just pray for an accident or something to delay the truck :P

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  10. We aren't imposing a limit-per-person rule for this ink, but we do ask if you please aren't in dire need of multiple bottles that you give others a chance to purchase. The demand for the ink has spiked rapidly and we're expecting to get cleared out in record time. We know not everyone that wants it will get a chance to get it from this first batch, and we're so sorry about that!

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  11. Alright I'm back at a computer. Ready to roll. I hate waiting for fedex!!

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  12. Well you lucked out. Still no Fedex.....6:10pm.....ARGGHHHH!!

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  13. Brian, as long as I can get a sample or two of the Black Swan, I am good! A Creaper would be nice too but not critical.

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  14. Senate, we will have samples listed too, as soon as that darn truck gets here :P

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  15. THe fedex drivers should be paid by the package. They'd move quicker then!!

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  16. well, keep in mind, this is the busiest time of year for drivers. Don't bite the hand that feeds ;)

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  17. Haha, I'm glad I didn't put my order through a few days ago. That Black Swan looks awesome! I was lucky enough last time to order my 1670 Ink in the 2hrs it took to sell out. I'm hoping I'll be fast enough this time to get the samples. Though I won't be at my computer much tonight. Save me some samples! Haha...

    George Ku

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  18. I just got off the phone with FedEx; apparently the driver is STILL on their way. It's after 8pm - this is ridiculous! It's pitch black outside. Oh well, God bless 'em - must have had a very long tough day. Keep watching the site, hopefully by 9pm we'll be rocking and rolling... I'll post here too when everything's available. Sorry to keep everyone in suspense all day!

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  19. It's all good thank you for the update!

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  20. Thanks for the update. Nobody more reliable than FedEx particularly when problems arise after hours; I learned the hard way after a few years' in business and mistakes by their competitors. In any event, we were on the way out for dinner and figured this was wait till manana (excuse the tilde) but I'll eat later tonight hopefully!

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  21. Gosh, it KILLS me that you're so inconvenienced by the wait! Honestly, almost every Fedex delivery we get usually comes first thing in the morning, I guess today they went the other direction and now we're last on the route. Thanks so much to everyone who's been waiting so patiently. I think we're going to cry when the truck finally pulls up!!

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  22. I could afford to lose a few pounds!

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  23. This is a good example of the effectiveness and randomness of Murphy's Law. Hang in there!

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  24. If you get some of these new things!

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  25. I know, right? No good deed goes unpunished....here we were trying to help everyone out by listing everything at once, and instead everyone has put their whole day on hold because of a Fedex truck driver! Sigh....oh well, it's only ink and pens right? Gosh, I'm glad we don't sell medical supplies or something!!

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  26. I thought you did, the syringes in the ink filling kit from PReserve!

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  27. Haha...ouch! Those blunt tip syringes could not be good for anybody!! :P

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  28. I'm excited! I have my cart loaded up and ready to pull the trigger as soon as you guys do. This is kind of fun!

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  29. Agreed, especially not for the driver!

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  30. I agree with Douglas. I can't remember the last time I was so excited about waiting.

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  31. Ya poor driver, you should tell him there are dozens of pen addicts waiting on his arrival! LOL!

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  32. Jade, I'm glad you're enjoying it! I thought it was going to be a test of speed, but now it's turned into a test of perseverance and endurance! I can just picture hundreds of ink and pen addicts with their fingers on the mouse just waiting for that email! ;)

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  33. My goodness yes, if ever a Fedex driver deserved to crack a beer at the end of the day, that day would be today. They certainly work hard for their money!!

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  34. We're going to announce as soon as the truck pulls up, then it'll probably be 10 minutes or so wait while we unpack and count everything/check for damage. Then you can REALLLY get excited!

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  35. just got off the phone with Fedex again, they said nothing has been reported wrong, it's just the driver has a long day! Wow, I feel like we should make some hot chocolate for our driver or something :P We'll keep waiting as long as our stuff is still in transit!

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  36. Wow, poor guy. Thats a really long day! Tell him we all say Hi! and Thanks! :)

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  37. Checking email....

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  38. It'll be a couple of minutes, we're double and triple checking our quantities to make sure we don't screw things up!! It'll be just a minute now!!!!!!

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  39. Let's get this done!

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  40. any second now, we're listing as we speak!!!!!

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  41. We're LIVE GOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

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    My order is in, thanks guys!

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  43. Brian, Rachel, and hard working FedEx guy, thank you!

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  44. Edelstein Onyx?!?

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  45. I'll be curious to see how long the Black swan and creeper take to sell out.

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  46. Order complete thank you for the experience!

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  47. Well, the delay worked out well for me, at least! I had to work late (no internet access at work). I finally managed to get a bottle of 1670, which has always sold out too quickly for me before! :-)

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  48. Only waiting on the Onyx. Is it all ready sold out?

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  49. Whoops! We left out the Onyx for a second there, it's live now!

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  51. ^^ oops...

    black swan and creaper ordered! yes!!! spent a bit more than i intended but, oh well.

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  52. At long last, the order is in. Now it's time to sit back, relax and enjoy a cup of tea.

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  53. Haha, yes indeed! You've earned it after this long wait!

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  54. Best. Black Friday. Ever.

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  55. Now we get to pace and wait for our own Fedex guys. :)

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  56. Jade, we ship USPS so you won't have that problem ;)

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  57. I felt like I was playing a game show. GOt everything i wanted!! BRian and Rachel ROck!!


    and the fedex guy too

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  58. Visited your blog first time. Fantastic.

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  59. Got my stuff, cancelled all Black Friday plans!

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  60. Jade, we ship USPS so you won't have that problem ;)

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  61. Visited your blog first time. Fantastic.

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  62. ^^ oops...

    black swan and creaper ordered! yes!!! spent a bit more than i intended but, oh well.

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  63. Checking email....

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  64. We're going to announce as soon as the truck pulls up, then it'll probably be 10 minutes or so wait while we unpack and count everything/check for damage. Then you can REALLLY get excited!

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  65. Ya poor driver, you should tell him there are dozens of pen addicts waiting on his arrival! LOL!

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  66. If you get some of these new things!

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  67. Gosh, it KILLS me that you're so inconvenienced by the wait! Honestly, almost every Fedex delivery we get usually comes first thing in the morning, I guess today they went the other direction and now we're last on the route. Thanks so much to everyone who's been waiting so patiently. I think we're going to cry when the truck finally pulls up!!

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  68. I just got off the phone with FedEx; apparently the driver is STILL on their way. It's after 8pm - this is ridiculous! It's pitch black outside. Oh well, God bless 'em - must have had a very long tough day. Keep watching the site, hopefully by 9pm we'll be rocking and rolling... I'll post here too when everything's available. Sorry to keep everyone in suspense all day!

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  69. Haha, I'm glad I didn't put my order through a few days ago. That Black Swan looks awesome! I was lucky enough last time to order my 1670 Ink in the 2hrs it took to sell out. I'm hoping I'll be fast enough this time to get the samples. Though I won't be at my computer much tonight. Save me some samples! Haha...

    George Ku

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  70. THe fedex drivers should be paid by the package. They'd move quicker then!!

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  71. Alright I'm back at a computer. Ready to roll. I hate waiting for fedex!!

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