Dearest Members and Visitors of the little Fountain Pen Nut house on the digital prairie,
As already announced in an earlier topic, we would start providing our inks again, and it is getting extremely close now.
There will be one very important change however. Where before we tried to compete with resellers of pens, inks and paraphernalia, while not trying to undercut them, we will approach it in a different way this time.
The answer to the why is quite simple: the pricing we used, did not weigh up against the amount of work required in order to do the work for accounting, processing and shipping orders - all done by our volunteers, and in different countries. Actually, with the hiccups encountered, we found we were running very close to making a loss on the inks, purely because of the out-of-pocket costs involved.
However, we do not want to deny these lovely inks to our community, even more so as they are totally unique to the Fountain Pen Network, and not available anywhere else. Actually, we like them a lot ourselves too . Personally, I have a bottle of each on my desk right now, in front of me .
Considering all the above, we will run the provision of inks in a completely different way, at a price which will help with the continuation of FPN - we will not compete with commercial pen and ink resellers. You can see buying our inks as a donation if you like, with a bottle of ink as a token of our thanks to you for choosing to do so. In case you'd already support us in another way, we will extend the thanks to lowering the price of the ink, effectively giving you a discount, depending on the option you have selected to support us with . See our news topic on FPN Donors and Supporters...
Increasing awareness of FPN
We also want to increase awareness of FPN and what it stands for, namely the promotion of the use of (fountain) pens, inks, paper, and paraphernalia, so we will start presenting ourselves more prominently in the world of fountain pens, starting at the LA Pen Show on February 12 to 15.
We currently have available a small number of ink bottles of Van Gogh Starry Night Blue, Galileo Manuscript Brown, and Dumas Tulipe Noire, and we will run a pilot with these ink bottles with our new approach now and up to and including the LA Pen Show, where Amberlea, our ink moderator, will represent us and if all goes well, have at least some our inks with her.
In addition, we were offered to provide a new ink, and since this really is something of this past week, we could not run our normal label design competition yet. As a result, for now we have created a temporary label, to be redone as part of a community design competition.
That ink will be "Voltaire Carmine Red", and here is the temporary label:
For those with sharp eyes: yes, it is a 4.5 oz. bottle, and it will also come with a free "Charlie" pen. The ink has been produced, all within this past week, and is ready packed for shipping to us, from the North-East of the US, to the South-West, and that is unfortunately where we are now encountering a little snag. Many places in the North-East are not reachable, due to the snow and ice, and it doesn't look very good for the upcoming week either. Postal and Courier services currently do not collect or deliver in many parts of the North-East, and we are affected as well. This is true not only for the Voltaire Carmine Red, but also for the manufacture of the next batch of our other inks.
Noodler's will try to do their utmost to get this new ink to us in time, but we can't make any promises. However, those who'd want a bottle, if they do arrive in time, can get them, or else can pre-order from Amberlea at the LA Pen Show.
Just as a reminder, here follow the labels of our other inks once more .
Finally, we are also in the process of designing another new ink, which will follow the normal procedure of label design here on FPN .
I am really looking forward to all of these exciting happenings, and I hope you are too!
Warm regards, Wim
On behalf of the FPN Moderator and Admin Team
Edited by wimg, 09 February 2015 - 11:09.
Fixed donation wording