July 2003

Let's ink our pens and enjoy them...

  A friend of my recently purchased a Mont Blanc Solitaire in Sterling Silver through the Buy & Sell. He was going to give it as a gift and wanted to know if it was a good deal.
  Well, considering what the pens sold for new, and that the pen was like new, in its original box it was a good deal. My view. Enjoy the pen. It is a classic.
  But soon others came into the arena with their views that since the pen had been "inked" it was of much less value. That lead me to think of the stores I have arrived at and left very quickly because they will not allow the customer to dip the pen in ink and try out the nib.
  I am often asked the question "will this pen be worth more in a few years" - to which I usually reply, "Only if you find someone who wants to pay the price". For me, buying and owning a pen is for the experience of writing with it, not storing it in a box, unused, un-inked, waiting for a sale at a later date.
  My take of used pen prices is that pens are not investments. It is the exception where a seller makes money on a pen. Usually a pen is sold because both the seller and the buyer are satisfied.
  So, on the issue of inking a pen... I leave a store immediately if I am told they will not allow me to dip a pen. In fact, if they see me drooling over the pen and don't whip out an ink bottle and a pad of paper it is usually the shop owner's big mistake in my book.
  Is this non-inked practice driven by the store owners or the customers? I guess only we know the answer to that question.
  Glenn Marcus