Posted 11 August 2013 - 18:56
If they did Iroshizuku, they would HAVE to have something cheaper as well. You don't want to give people the idea that it costs that much to run a fountain pen. Private Reserve is only $9 per bottle. Diamine 30ml would be fantastic. Regardless, the variety in color choice is one of the biggest inducements toward fountain pen use for many people and if they want to sell FPs, they should be incorporating that selling point into their strategy. (ETA: I doubt it would pay off for them to have a good selection of ink, but they need to do better than one dusty bottle of Quink black on a bottom shelf somewhere)
The lack of support that refillable products get at big-box stores is laughable anyway. Who would even think of looking in the dingy and disorganized refill ghetto instead of just buying a new pen? And they don't even have refills for a lot of products they sell. I saw some highlighter there that had "refillable" emblazoned all over the package and included an extra refill too. Did Staples have more refills for it? Nope. I suspect that they just make a lot less per SF on refills than they do selling new pens. Maybe there's a way to change that.
That is a good point. A selling point for fountain pens could be the seemingly endless choice of bottled ink color. The only problem I could foresee (which is what I think you alluded to) with offering dozens of ink colors is that Staples would have to devote a considerable amount of shelf space for it and inventory in stores. That's why I think it would be best to offer only the basics first (blue, black, blue/black, red). Maybe they could have a catalog of all the Iroshizuku colors in a booklet on a wire near the pen display (with color samples), like when you buy paint. The catalog could mention that you can order the inks online or in store and have it shipped to the store for free.
My staples has the same display and if you want to buy something you have to pick up an empty box that the pen would normally come in because all the real ones are behind the counter. There is only one high quality pen you can actually see in a real box and it's a ballpoint and pencil Parker set in gold for like $50. But you can see an exploding ink pack through the box window to stop you from taking them (unless you open the box and take the pen out and put it in your pocket). But that big display they have with the pens in it, there's like 6 fountain pens but people actually found out how to steal the pens from the theif proof display (i dont have a clue how they do it) and they stole a bunch of thin Cross pens. So now my local staples has to bend the nibs of the fountain pens before putting them on display and remove the ink from the ball points.
What a shame! I guess this would prevent Staples from ever allowing people to test the pens or even hold them before you buy.
Edited by Florida Blue, 11 August 2013 - 19:48.
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