Absolutely. Kidde sent me a small clutch of dip nibs (thanks again Paul) and simply packaged them into a standard letter envelope. Got here no problem, and it was a surprise gift! Cost was just a couple of dollars or so. Small risk that way, so I wouldn't do it with something that needed special protection or was a great resale value.
For me the question isn't: $66 isn't expensive for a pen which I can't get elsewhere, but: what else could I buy with $66/£43? Cans of cat food? Pay the phone bill? etc compared to which another fp is just a luxury I want but don't need. Does the 'feel good' factor justify the cost? The majority of my pens were either given to me as presents or are cheap Chinese pens (some of which are really nice). ....But I still battle with myself about buying the more expensive ones which I WANT!
BookCat, I get that, and I do feel that way myself, although I do tend to feed myself on other things as well as the cat food.
All I am saying is that if I wish to purchase overseas I have to factor in the shipping cost. Beyond a certain limit - which for me is about $15 - I have serious qualms around paying. Especially if the cost is blatantly higher than it needs to be. On the other hand, if there is something I simply must have - and I haven't found anything in this category just yet, desirable yes, indispensable no - then I will make sure I can afford to pay what it takes. Ultimately I am stuck with extra costs, as is any international buyer. How you deal with it is largely a matter of personal taste I suppose.
Given the choice between paying 200 GBP +shipping for a Waterman and paying 43 GBP for a Desiderata + shipping, with my limited funds I am more inclined to go with the latter. If money was not an issue then go with the former. As my finances are very restricted I cannot even afford the Desiderata right now. However, I can afford $10 for a holder and some dip nibs, and that sates my curiosity for flexy nibs for the moment.
Besides which, I bought a Mabie Todd Blackbird from Cob (cheers again!) last year and it was a lot less than either of the two FPs mentioned above. And it has a very flexible nib.
If you want flex, do not restrict yourself to Waterman - unless that's your aesthetic ideal (pun intended) - as there are plenty of no-name vintage pens out there with wonderful nibs. Just need to dig around.
Sorry, not having a go at you, just would like to see you find something that you will have fun with.
Edited by Cryptos, 10 January 2015 - 09:16.