The gist of the way the Progam was set up to work is Within The U.S.; The Loaner Outer sends the pen, it will have the postage amount on it. The Borrower is to pay to send the pen back AND either enclose the same amount the Loaner Outer spent to send it OR Paypal GIFT them that amount. SOME Loaner Outers, at Their discretion, have asked that their Borrower not worry about the postage To them, but that is their decision alone. The general idea was that it Not cost the Loaner Outer anything to loan their pen out. An Estie can still be sent, with Tracking, within the U.S. for about $2.70, making the full cost to the Borrower less than $6.
Prospective Borrowers are also requested to read the first post of the Loaner Program thread Here for more, better, information on how the Loaner Progam works.
The location of the thread currently makes it less easy for me to check in here so I don't as often as I should. My apologies for that and I will try and stop in here more often.
Important Change to the Esterbrook Loaner Program;
We will no longer be able to send pens from Within the U.S.A. to borrowers residing overseas. There was a United States Postal Service rate increase last year that more than doubled the prior reasonable rate of around $3.00 to ship a pen overseas to $7.35. It therefore is unreasonable to expect overseas members to pay the approximate $15.00 in postage to borrow a pen when they can BUY their Own Estie for about that same amount.
There are NO changes to the Loaner Program for pens borrowed within the Untied States or within Other countries where the Loaner Program has pens available.
IF you happen to be a prospective overseas borrower and you ARE willing to pay that near $15.00 postage to borrow an Estie, you are still welcomed of course to post your request to borrow a pen and we'll be glad to set you up.
We DO have a Very Limited number of pens listed for In Country loan outs Only in England/Europe, Asia and Australia.
If you are a FPNer residing outside the U.S. that owns a good condition, nice writing Esterbrook and would like to help us spread the Estie joy, we would Greatly Appreciate you allowing us to add your pen(s) to the list of In Country loan outs available for Your country.
Pens available for borrowing Within the United States as of 9/26/15.
Dark Blue LJ, Gray Dollar pen-2968, 9668, 2312, 2314F, 9314B and 2442 nibs
Black Transitional, 2442 Falcon nib
Blue SJ, Medium 2668 nib
Red J, 2668 nib
Blue SJ/Gray J with the following nibs: 2284 Stub, 2312 Italic, 2968 Broad, 9556 Fine, 9550 Extra Fine, or 9788 flex (Borrower to specify which nib)
Copper J, 2556 F nib and a 2668 M
Copper J, 9556 F or 9668 M or 9048 whichever the Borrower desires
Green J, 9788 M
Blue LJ, 2312 italic
Green LJ 9048 extra flexible fine
Green Transitional J 2284 broad stub
Green Transitional J 9556
Red J 9314-B broad relief (oblique) stub
Blue J 9314-F fine relief (oblique) stub
Green J 9460 manifold medium
Red SJ 9550
Red SJ 9460
Turquoise M2 2284 broad stub
Turquoise M2 2312 italic
SJ Nurse Pen Red Jewels Sonnet 18K medium nib (if you have a taste to try the bizarre)
Pens residing overseas for in country loan only;
Australia-Silver SJ, with either a 1551 M or 2668 M
The United Kingdom/ OTHER countries within Europe-Green J 2556, Copper SJ 2668 (Either can come with a 1555 or 2314 B too) NO LOANER POSTAGE FEE on these two pens Within the UK! Other European country members can discuss/agree on the postage costs with this Loaner Outer.
Europe/Asia- Estieville resident, FPNer Whitedot has a Black Estie they will send to Europe or Asia for $4 USD. Contact them via PM.
The subject of a few Estie Borrowers not fulfilling their part of the postal reimbursement has been discussed among the Estie Loaner Outers. They are those most immediately impacted.
As a result, there is a *PENDING* change to at least the order of how things happen in the Loaner Program.
The change is simply that the Borrower will Paypal Gift the agreed on postage to them to their Lender Outter, either $3.00 or the amount they agree to with the Lender Outter, BEFORE the Estie is placed into the mail to the Borrower.
This eliminates the After borrowing postage issue thusly solving it.
This change Will Remain *A PENDING Change* to the point at which Another Borrower than the ones currently known of, fails to keep their end of the Loan Out agreement up. At that point it changes from Pending to In Force.
The decision of when or if that ever occurs lies solely in the hands of those borrowing the Esties.
Bruce in Ocala, FL and The Esterbrook Forum
Edited by OcalaFlGuy, 28 September 2015 - 12:40.