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Posted 21 April 2013 - 14:48

Dearest Ladies and Gentlemen Members of our Fountain Pen Nut House on the digital prairie :D,

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We would like to inform you all that we still have a few bottles of FPN inks. However, due to shipping accidents outside of our control, and the increase in cost of packaging materials, we had to increase the price of our inks. The last 3 shipments cost us more for "reparation" shipments than any profits we made on a complete box of 144 bottles of ink.

The new pricing of these inks is
$20.50 for a 3 oz. (+/- 90 ml) bottle of Galileo Manuscript Brown each, which is a permanent, bulletproof ink, and
$13.50 for a 3 oz. (+/- 90 ml) bottle of Dumas Tulipe Noire.
$13.50 for a 3 oz. (+/- 90 ml) bottle of Van Gogh Starry Night Blue.
These new prices will be reflected on the Order forms and pro forma invoices, and we will still fulfill any older order forms sent to you after March 1, 2013.

Note that the ink order forms sent out prior to March 1, and which haven't been paid for as of today, will be put back in stock. Those who received order forms prior to March 1, and haven't paid these yet, will have to reorder, at the new prices. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we can't wait any longer.

Furthermore, from here onwards, any order forms which haven't been paid yet in full within a month of dispatching the order forms, will be considered not required anymore, and the inks will be removed from reserved status, and put back in stock.


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The ordering procedure is very similar to what we used before, namely by sending a request by email. Click the following link and an email will be created automatically :D: FPN Ink Orders
This email helps us in easily separating ink orders from other questions.

So, how will the procedure work, you may ask?

1) Send in your request for inks, with an email, with an email, created as above, by clicking on this link or the one above: FPN Ink Orders

2) In the message body please do indicate how many bottles of ink you would like to receive, of FPN Galileo Manuscript Brown (GMB), and/or of FPN Dumas Tulipe Noire (DTN), and/or of FPN Van Gogh Starry Night Blue (VGSN)

Please do add full shipping information to speed up the process as much as possible, i.e., your shipping address in full. When you are finished adding the requested information, just send this email, and that's all for your order.

3) Next step will be that you will receive an order form, with order number, for the inks you want, including shipping & handling costs. We will ask you to check and verify all the details, and please do contact us if we need to make any changes.

4) Pay the order amount to our PayPal account, which will be listed on the order, referencing the Order Number in the message title of yoru PayPal Payment. Essentially, log in to PayPal, click on Send a Payment, fill in our PayPal account email address, the amount, and the order number in the space allowed for the title, and press the Send button.

5) Upon receipt of your payment you will receive a pro forma Invoice when we do our next processing run, which is proof of your payment, and that your order has been entered into the shipping queue.

Note: the separation of Order and Invoice steps is required due to bookkeeping requirements for tax and legal purposes of this totally manual proces.

6) We will do our utmost to ship your ink order on the first Saturday after payment, provided the order has been paid for on the Wednesday prior to the shipment date. We cannot guarantee this, however, as this is a volunteer undertaking, which happens to require a lot of time to do. However, as mentioned, we will do our utmost to get your order out on the Saturday after payment.

7) We will limit the number of shipments to one per week, because of time constraints.

Pricing of these inks is
$20.50 for a 3 oz. (+/- 90 ml) bottle of Galileo Manuscript Brown each, which is a permanent, bulletproof ink, and
$13.50 for a 3 oz. (+/- 90 ml) bottle of Dumas Tulipe Noire.
$13.50 for a 3 oz. (+/- 90 ml) bottle of Van Gogh Starry Night Blue.

4.5 oz. bottles are not available anymore.
We are considering the creation of new inks currently, as sales go well enough :).

Current Stocks Remaining (as per April, 21, 2013):
3 oz. bottles of FPN Galileo Manuscript Brown : ..... 29
3 oz. bottles of FPN Dumas Tulipe Noire : ................ 64
3 oz. bottles of FPN Van Gogh Starry Night Blue : ... 10

These numbers already exclude the ink bottles reserved for existing orders or shipments, which will be processed first.

Do note that all proceeds from these inks will go to support (hosting) of your favourite fountain pen website, and all work to get these inks to you is done by volunteers!

Anyway, enjoy your inks!

Warm regards,
The FPN Admin Team
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Please direct questions and comments to FPN Admin email, or directly to admin Wim (wimg).
 
Thank you very much in advance.
 
Warm regards,
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 16:35

FPN Inks part two :)

Many people requested us to supply them with shipping prices. As we have finally worked out how the new shipping costs are applied, we can now make it easier for you. You can actually calculate the shipping costs yourselves, and save some time too, by using the following steps.

Step 1)
Select International or US shipping and number of bottles from the table below, and remember the total estimated weight in oz. of the package.

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Step 2)
Start up the USPS postage calculator:
http://postcalc.usps.com/

Step 3)
Select your destination (default is United States, but any country may be selected from the dropdown list provided)

Step 4)
In case US is selected, use 71901 for the "From ZIP Code" field, and your own ZIP code for the "To ZIP code" field.
In case a country other than US is selected, this step is not available (and not necessary).

Step 5)
Select a Shape, namely "Package" (click on the radio button in front of it).

Step 6)
The "Enter Weight" option appears now. Use the estimated oz. weight from the table above (step 1) by typing this in the "Ounces" field.

Step 7)
Now click on the "Continue" button. A new screen appears, called "International Postage Options" for destinations other than the US and "Domestic Services" for US destinations.

Step 8)
For "International Postage Options", click on "First-Class International Options". Select the "First-Class Package International Option" and the shipping cost of your selected ink order will appear undernath the table of options, under "Product Selected".

For "Domestic Services" click on "Priority Mail Options". Select "Priority Mail" (at the top of this list) and the shipping cost of your selected ink order will appear underneath the table of options, under "Product Selected", the "Post Office Price" option (once more automated, we may change this).

In case of Domestic Services, this is Priority Mail due to the boxes we get from USPS for domestic shipping, and First Class Mail for International Shipping, again due to the boxes we receive from USPS. These are the only shipping methods we offer, in order to save time and costs, and these have a good cost/service ratio. The shipping cost you obtain this way is the same shipping cost we calculate and add to our order, invoice and shipping forms.

HTH, warm regards,
the FPN Ink Team :)


Note: Updated weights table, March 26, 2013.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 17:07

What invoice number are you up to (shipping, that is)?

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:04

Just want to say THANKS!!!! I received my inks TODAY, less than two days after the most recent tracking codes were published.

They are so BEAUTIFUL!!!


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What invoice number are you up to (shipping, that is)?



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Posted 05 May 2013 - 20:28

Dear Admin. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU for your very hard work and very long hours spent on this forum. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! :notworthy1:  .        Can we get an update on where you are in the sales/distribution of the FPN 2013 inks, after you get a breathe of coarse? I humbly want to find out where my request for the three inks is because I am prepared to pay but have not been sent a order form yet.

 

Again, thanks for your hard work and time it is MUCH APPRECIATED!  :thumbup: .

 

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 21:08

Hi Charlie,

 

Apologies, but that will have to wait a few days as we get back to normal again. I am sure I saw your email order, even started processing it, but can't remember at all what the status was before everything went a little pear shaped here.

 

We need a bit of a breather, indeed, if you don't mind too much, totally exhausted right now, but we absolutely haven't forgotten about you, or any of the other orders in the queue.

 

Warmest regards, Wim


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 17:54

That's all I needed to know  :) . YES, YES, YES, you do need and muchl deserve a breather and DO NOT APOLOGIZE for it. This was a MAJOR UNDERTAKING for all of you. YOU WORKED SO HARD to get this network up and running in addition to maintaining it. THANK YOU and no worries about the ink for now IT CAN WAIT, seriously! Until then I will humbly await YOU and ALL THE AWESOME TEAMS RETURN  :notworthy1:  :notworthy1:  :notworthy1: .

 

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 01:02

after the fpn outage, I suffered withdrawal and work. I've pretty much made up my mind to put in an ink order. I do wonder why you list the package size considering it's not used in the postal rate calculation, and also a bit why the USPS doesn't charge you the flat box rate. Is it because you get the generic white box instead of the Priority mail boxes?

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 15:23

I would love a bottle of the STarry Night, but I can't get the ordering link to work?
Thanks,
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Posted 26 May 2013 - 16:47

Sent email... No response...
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Posted 26 May 2013 - 22:25

after the fpn outage, I suffered withdrawal and work. I've pretty much made up my mind to put in an ink order. I do wonder why you list the package size considering it's not used in the postal rate calculation, and also a bit why the USPS doesn't charge you the flat box rate. Is it because you get the generic white box instead of the Priority mail boxes?

We do get the priority mail boxes, which si why we only do priority mail shipping for the US. It makes life simpler.

 

HTH, warm regards, Wim


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Posted 26 May 2013 - 22:27

Sent email... No response...

It'll come, not to worry. Just been way too busy trying to keep the server running properly and fixing broken things.

 

Hopefully the upcoming week, no messages are lost, that's for sure.

 

HTH, warm regards, Wim


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 17:30

Do you have any Starry Night available?  Also, does the Manuscript Brown stain demonstrators???

 

Thanks!!



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 21:39

Do you have any Starry Night available?  Also, does the Manuscript Brown stain demonstrators???

 

Thanks!!

Probably no more Starry Night considering the orders we still have to process.

 

As to GMB staining demonstrators: IME all inks will stain demonstrators, and the higher the concentration of colourants, the stronger the effect will be. As to whether this is permanent, generally speaking: no it isn't, but often very hard to clean.

 

The only demonstrators which may get stained permanently by GMB is one made from celluloid, as the permanency of GMB is due to the reaction it has with cellulose. 

 

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 22:00

Probably no more Starry Night considering the orders we still have to process.

 

As to GMB staining demonstrators: IME all inks will stain demonstrators, and the higher the concentration of colourants, the stronger the effect will be. As to whether this is permanent, generally speaking: no it isn't, but often very hard to clean.

 

The only demonstrators which may get stained permanently by GMB is one made from celluloid, as the permanency of GMB is due to the reaction it has with cellulose. 

 

HTH, warm regards, Wim

 

Gotcha, thanks!  Sorry for the follow-up, but do you think you'll get in another round of Starry Night eventually?  That color really is killer.  Thanks again!



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 22:03

We will do our utmost to get more Starry Night for sure. 

 

It depends a bit on Nathan's availability, however, so we can't really promise exactly when we will have more.

 

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 07:03

Hey there,

 

I had sent an email back at the beginning of May that never received a reply - I thought it'd be worth asking, but are there any bottles left/plans to do a 3rd run? Thanks.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 16:57

I do realize quite a few people are still waiting for replies. Unfortunately, real life appears to have caught up with me, some family circumstances, and that combined with keeping FPN ticking over has curtailed time available to deal with other stuff quite drastically.

 

Currently doing taxes as well (quarterly), and once that is done, before the end of the month I assume,  I hope to be available again to deal with the inks once more.

 

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 07:40

I do realize quite a few people are still waiting for replies. Unfortunately, real life appears to have caught up with me, some family circumstances, and that combined with keeping FPN ticking over has curtailed time available to deal with other stuff quite drastically.

 

Currently doing taxes as well (quarterly), and once that is done, before the end of the month I assume,  I hope to be available again to deal with the inks once more.

 

HTH, warm regards, Wim

 

 

Good luck with that, Win.  If you do offer the inks again, I, too, would be interested in placing one more order for each. They are all beautiful inks. The Galileo Manuscript Brown is nice but has some red in it. I'm hoping to see if it turns more "manuscript brown" ---as Galileo would be at home with. :-) 

 

Currently using the GMB in a Nemosine Singularity Demonstrator as an eye-dropper. Never thought I'd like a clear/demonstrator pen, but this one is elegant rather than chintzy. It's also my first attempt at doing an eye-dropper and I like it!



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 23:18

If the FPN inks are too burdensome for the admins to handle, I wonder if it might be time to consider an arrangement that would provide for the inks to be transitioned to a retailer who could sell them and collect as part of the profits a portion of the money to be transmitted to FPN. If FPN makes $3 per bottle on the ink but can't really sell a lot of it at any given time, it is conceivable that a profit of $1.50 to FPN with a doubling of the sales volume would work out just as well due to the lack of stress on the admins. 



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 23:26

I think our good lads were doing great, until some  (BLLEEEEEEEEEPPPPPP, uh-oh-uh-oh ) started attacking our website, resulting in a major rescue action. They are still recovering from it. That takes so much time, that for a while ink has become second plan. Knowing Wimg and Shawn, they will be back in the saddle ASAP.

 

 

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 23:33

That may be, but in case that doesn't work I would really strongly urge them to consider this as something to look at. The website Badger & Blade has two official Noodler's exclusives, but they have found a friendly shaving retailer who is willing to stock them and deal with the collection of the funds and shipping for them. It seems to work well for them and just might be something that could work here if it needs to. 



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 14:39

Fulfillment. Always seems to the hardest part of these kind of things. Certainly at some point, hiring someone to do it will have to be addressed. A cost benefit analysis will certainly have to be done as will procuring someone to do it. 


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:40

I have all three inks and all I can say is that it would be a shame if they disappeared as thy are all great inks. I have the Tulipe Noire in a purple Carene right now and it is wonderful! I am happy they up ported FPN and grateful to all involved in getting them us.


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Posted 29 July 2013 - 00:09

The inks will only disappear if Nathan decides to no longer produce them.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 17:06

I have all three inks and all I can say is that it would be a shame if they disappeared as thy are all great inks. I have the Tulipe Noire in a purple Carene right now and it is wonderful! I am happy they up ported FPN and grateful to all involved in getting them us.

 

 

The Tulipe Noire is really becoming my favorite. All three a beautiful, but there's just something about Tulipe color that looks good in a see-through pen and on the paper.  (But I will order all three once the Order flow starts up again)



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Posted 30 July 2013 - 00:08

They are ech wonderful, and the GMB is another all time favorite of mine...an awesome brown! 


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Posted 30 July 2013 - 00:14

They are ech wonderful, and the GMB is another all time favorite of mine...an awesome brown! 

Hi, just wondering (and I'm not attacking you) what "ech" means in your sentence. In Dutch this is slang/short for "echt" which means really/real. "ech mooi" would mean something like "jus beaut"

 

And some of these inks are indeed that....

 

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 05:24

Hi, just wondering (and I'm not attacking you) what "ech" means in your sentence. In Dutch this is slang/short for "echt" which means really/real. "ech mooi" would mean something like "jus beaut"

 

And some of these inks are indeed that....

 

D.ick

It was a typo...I meant each, not ech...somehow the "a" didn't register...iPad clumsy finger issues I guess! No offense taken!  

But I do love all three inks! 


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 02:16

Are these inks still available as of 8/5/2013.  I'd like to buy one of each.


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