Great response. Decidedly then: all those MB pens sold on those ďMont BlancĒ sites are not the real deal. Iím thankful for your input and wisdom.
And thank you stevlight
for the Fountain Pen Hospital reference. I think Iíve already sent them (I think it was them) an email price request. Their response was full retail. But in hindsight, I donít blame them. I think I was begging for a good price; I might have sounded like ďfraud patrolĒ. Are Montblanc retailers strictly controlled to sell only at retail? I guess Iím assuming that without any facts. A friend across town sells Sony products and told me he absolutely could never advertise or sell certain Sony products below a mandated price or he would lose his corporate deal with them. Thatís why you can find advertising ďGuaranteed not to find a lower price.Ē Arenít there laws against this kind of thing? Collusion or racketeering or price fixing? Something bad, right? I feel like a consumer cow, being fed grain filled with hormones and antibiotics.
[Long deep breath Ė still nursing a need for some kind of enlightenment.]
At the risk of broaching a taboo subject Ė and unnerving the product reps surely among you Ė who hear has purchased a ďfaux penĒ and been just as happy, or even contemplating superiority in workmanship? Any war stories? Not hard to imagine with, say, a refillable rollerball. Any inside information that shows X and Y Meisterstuck components are made in China/India/etc. Ė like Iím sure some ?~90%? of MBís overall luxury products are. Not in Hamburg anyway.Prove to me this forum isnít just a front for the manufactures and their retail minions.
Anyone want to suck it up and say they purchased a fake pen knowingly? You know, ..just so see? I purchased a ďRolexĒ one time in Mexico for $10. Something about irony. But, to be clear, I highly doubt Iíll ever knowingly purchase a knockoff pen. (However, I am informed by a lovable little purse connoisseur that in rare cases a fake can be a superior build.) I guess Iím curious how those ďMont BlancĒ websites can be so open about it and apparently successful at it. By necessity, are some peddling a solid product?
I wonder if that is why MB changed everything to ďMontblancĒ relatively recently. Whereas ďMont BlancĒ is perhaps legally un-protectable because of loopholes and history and those pesky mountains and such. I wonder if their legal team made them change the product name.
I wonder if those websites are based/hosted in a country that does not recognize patent law? (Like certain countries with DVDs/books and a lack of copyright law and culture Ė and/or just a general healthy hatred of the filthy rich West)
I wonder a lot. Not unlike a reporter whoís searching for that story: ďChung-Fu company sells unauthorized Montblanc Carbon & Steel Solitaire rollerball Ė but then Ė they make the pen OEM for Montblanc (along with C.T. Masala Inc.), so itís not exactly inferior quality.Ē
Or what about stories the other way Ė being ripped off by the unscrupulous (or just ignorant merchants/sellers) and the pen just fell apart or something. (It imploded from the weight of its own expectations of perfection Ė ďA little black hole appeared on my desk today - a faux-Montblanc singularityĒ.)
This video gets me all wound up to go out and pay - MB on YouTube
. But at around 2:40 the rep. mumbles something about ďsuppliersĒ. In any case, thatís one hell of a great Montblanc field day!
Finally (one more thing to get off my chest on this subject), I hear so much online about having serial numbers under a pen clip or on a band Ė or about coming with ďthe paperworkĒ Ė but it seems to me these things are absolutely thee easiest thing to duplicate. Iíve always found those proofs irritatingly simple minded; perhaps some kind of vestigial mental dance we perform to convince ourselves of truth. ďComes in original box with paperwork.Ē OK, now Iím comforted knowing the bad guys would never think of that one.
I just want that G. damned Carbon & Steel Solitaire rollerball Ė the real one Ė but for this side of $250. Keep your platinum. Itís only on the clip anyway. Iíd prefer stainless Ė or actually titanium.
Oh, the pangs of consumerism. MB I hate you. (Maybe this is just some kind of lovers quarrel.)
Anyway, thanks for the greetings and lending an ear.
(And happy Presidentís Day to the Americanos)
Edited by ipso, 20 February 2012 - 18:58.