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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Write Time Topics 6/21/11


Rachel and I are back this week for a special Write Time reveal of the new limited edition Edison Nouveau Premiere! We've mentioned this pen a couple of times, but didn't want to build it up into a big fuss until we had something to show for it. Well, now we have something to show, so we'll show it!

Brian Gray of the Edison Pen Co. will join us live via phone for the broadcast at 9pm EDT, so please join us! We'll also be revealing the Ink Drop theme for July, so stop on by :)

12 comments:

  1. Really excited about the limited edition Edison Nouveaus! Can't wait to see what they're like.

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  2. Heck yeah! I worked all morning to take some good pictures, we're excited about the reveal :)

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  3. Us too! Thanks for taking the time to join us, Brian. It's always a hoot when you join us!

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  4. Darn, i won't be able to make because i'm in Spain. Really excited about the limited edition Edison Nouveau too. I'm guessing it's made in a rare material that won't be available to the general public.

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  5. Oops, posted this before reading the announcement on the Edison pen blog. 

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  6. I haven't had a chance to listen to the broadcast yet, but is the only difference to the limited edition Edison the colour?

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  7. It's not just a color difference, it's made of ebonite, which is a much more expensive material to use. It's nice stuff. Here it is: http://www.gouletpens.com/Edison_Nouveau_Premiere_LE_Ebonite_p/en-premiere-le-ebonite.htm

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  8. No worries! We opted not to go for an incredibly rare material for this pen, we wanted to keep the price down fairly low. $200 is still not cheap, I know, but all things considered....maybe we'll look into rarer materials in future pens.

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  9. Soo... after watching Write Time it sounds like you guys have opened up a physical store somewhere to be able to stock another 5-6 brands. I didn't realise there were that many brands left that didn't require you to have a physical presence to stock their product (Mont Blanc, Visconti, etc).

    Good luck!

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  10. Nope, no physical store, still just online. A physical store in our area would no doubt sink our business into the ground, there just isn't the local demand for fountain pens to support the overhead it would cost. I think a lot of companies are wising up to the fact that online selling isn't just a fad, and that the right companies can sell good products online with as good a reputation as in a physical store.

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  11. Hey, I've been to most (all?) of my local pen stores and they pretty much all suck. Not to mention they are still selling pens as if the exchange rate was AUDUSD$0.60 (instead of $1.06).

    There is only one store that will actually allow you to test inked up pens and, because of this I was able to see just how unique the 21K extra-fine nib is on the Sailor 1911 is, and bought it right there (I am disappointed you didn't order the extra-fine for yourself, even though you have a preference for broader nibs, it is a truly unique experience and has quite a lot of flex :p).
    None of them seem to have ink swabs on hand for the ink they sell!

    Quite frankly, the things I *want* in a store and customer-service that would make me happy to pay full retail for pens (of which I'm sure there is 40-50% margin) just aren't present in physical stores, with high-priced products (M800's are AUD$750 here) and yet plentiful in online premises like yours.

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  12. I'm not going to try to bash physical stores or online stores, clearly I have my preference. I don't think having one or the other guarantees any degree of service, you can run a business really well or really poorly with either one! :P

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