The Pen And The Piggy Bank07/24/2011
How many crammed-full piggy banks would it take to buy the fountain pen at the top of your wishlist? Prices especially for new pens have climbed dramatically leaving some buyers in the dust. What’s a collector to do?
Take a look at the offerings at Fountain Pen Network today. Perhaps few of them sell but folks certainly are asking amazingly high prices for some of them. No bargains there.
At least based on my search parameters, good deals on eBay are rare and winning bids remarkably consistent. In other words the same seller gets virtually the same price every time he offers “X” pen. Hmmm. Either a lot of buyers are willing to pay almost exactly the amount for that “X” pen or the deck is stacked. So much for eBay.
Unless some bloke on a sidewalk opens his jacket to reveal a plethora of pens rather than the expected display of fake Rolexes, I’m sunk. I haven’t purchased a quality pen since 2009 and could be out of date on current market values. But it does leave me puzzled. Assuming you wanted to find a good pen at a decent price, where would you look?