First, No Affiliation to Goulet Pens!
I am on their mailing list for blog and other information. Today I received the following information via their blog posting:Goulet Pens being dropped by Sailor
http://www.inknouvea...e760b-303424241 (sorry for the long link, I don't know how to make it smaller)
To summarize, Sailor ink will no longer be sold through Goulet Pens, according to Itoya, Sailor's American distributor. Brian was very professional in the manner he used to present and explain the situation (kudos to Brian).
Out of curiosity I did a bit of comparison shopping on another prominent pen, paper, ink etc. site. The following is what I found
Goulet Pens Sailor ink prices:
Regular (non pigmented ink) $12.50/50ml bottle
Sailor pigmented ink $24.00/ 50ml bottle
Site B (who shall not be named, okay, it's Voldemort's ink inc. - not really) ink prices:
Regular (non pigmented ink) $17.00 /50ml bottle
Sailor pigmented ink $33.00/50ml bottle
**** FYI - this site does carry some Sailor pens, but not very many and not the more expensive ones, based on my quick search of their site)
Maybe I don't run a hugely success company, BUT, if I had a choice between paying $12.50 rather than $17.00 or $24.00 rather than $33.00 for the same exact product, even though I might get free shipping from the "not Goulet" place, I know where I would have purchased my Sailor ink.
Obviously there maybe other consideration in the distributor agreement that are not mentioned BUT, it seems that a much large seller would definitely reap significant financial benefits with the elimination of an alternative supply source offering a 30% (approximate) discounted price.
Yes, manufacturers can and do select vendors to sell their products (do the initials MB ring any bells), however, IMHO, there may be some major restriction of trade issues here beneath the surface. If that is the case, and we may never be able to find out the full reason, then we should at least be aware of it and respond in our own individual and appropriate way.
I encourage others to check out the alternative sources for Sailor inks (not necessarily the full line of Sailor pens) and come to your own conclusions.
Well, that's my .02 cents worth.