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#21 Blazing

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 23:39

Perhaps buy a few bottles at a time whilst buying from the place which has the lowest possible delivery fee. If you contact the seller, perhaps you'll be able to get them all shipped together to reduce the costs?


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 00:17

Personally, I hate the cost of postage, as a non fountain pen example:

 

I used to teach maths preparation for the Open University (for students who wanted to study higher level maths or science but lacked prior maths knowledge) and used a set of fantastic books. This was back in the 1990's. I now have a student who is really struggling and those books were great, so looked for them on Amazon, they are out of print but I found a shop selling them for just 0.07p each - postage to Australia... $40! I wanted those books so I paid the postage, and am very happy with them.

 

It's the same with fountain pens, paper and ink, living in one of the remotest parts of the world (Perth is often called one of the remotest capitals in the world) I'm used to making that calculation: if desire > cost of postage then buy else retreat to darkened room and sulk!


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#23 mhguda

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 13:39

This. And don't you feel that with the proliferation of email and other instantaneous forms of communication, without the mail so to speak, that instead of making their services more attractive, they retaliate by making their few remaining customers pay ever higher prices? At some point instantaneous matter transfer - or 3-D printing - will become interesting... I recently sent a letter to a friend in India - not even a package! - cost: equivalent of 5 usd... this is crazy.


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#24 Antares

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 13:47

I live in the capitol of the country but you don't find bottled ink here (only Parker, black or blue).

 

Thank you all for your help. I'll have to wait until summer to get some bottles in a real shop.



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Posted 31 May 2014 - 19:33

As someone else stated earlier - why not try Nordic Pen - shipping is a mere 2 euro and the guy who runs the store is a great guy to deal with. The other plus is they sell the small bottles of Diamine - which are great when you are not in the mood to commit to a single colour. And for blue he had Aurora's blue with a hint of purple. The idea of paying a brutal shipping fee comes down to 1) how bad you want it and 2) if you can find a partner-in-crime to share the pain of the shipping fees... Last summer I ordered this amazing shave soap from France after a lot of hesitation (martin de Candre) - the hesitation over the shipping fee is long forgotten but I am happily using my stock of soap. All the best!



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Posted 31 May 2014 - 19:43

I know your pain, I live in Switzerland and have the same issue.  At the end of the day, I tend to suck up the cost of postage and order either from Goulet (if I'm looking for Noodler) or from the Writing Desk in the UK, ordering multiple bottles at the same time. 

 

I don't feel that Goulet's ink drop cost is excessive for 5 samples a month, the international shipping is only $5 over their standard cost.

 

Another option if you are looking for samples, would be to do an ink exchange with someone else in Europe that has lots of inks ;)


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