Hi all. I like to share some recent experiences. Vintage pens somehow captivate my imagination. But the vintage pens sold in ebay are generally the very high end pens, much beyond the budget I kept- rather those premium special editions range. I was looking for a softer alternative where I too can buy a few.
This vacation , I have spent a lot of time and some nice pens came by at moderate costs. Trying to source locally at my hometown city of Kolkata was not so encouraging- of the three known vendors , two confirmed they do not get much supply anymore and there is a third with whom I am not introduced. So I was looking online.
The overseas vendors in ebay mostly sell the expensive $100+ range. I did like some pens ex-USA but was looking for free shipping options. Generally free shipping options are not offered by US/Canada/Europe vendors except on very expensive pens.
Looking for free shipping options I eventually came across two India based sellers in ebay.com.
These are 1. vintage-pens and 2. fajarseller.
Pens from both these seller are moderate priced. They arrived in nice packaging. Condition of the pens are moderate to good with minor occasional defects. The selection varies from time to time- some times I have come across some pretty rare pens as well.
The flip side is that most of their pens are sold in the "auction " mode- so you might come to know the final price only when the auction is over. Plus you might not always get to buy the pen you liked as someone else is luckier than you many a times. Moreover the time of auction is past mid-night. The condition of many of these pens however are nearly as is and never came across any NOS variety of any pen.
That said I have been able to get hold of some really likable pens in good conditions from these two sources.
Then , I have come across another vendor m/s penspoint. Unfortunately this vendor does not have an ebay presence. Instead his clientile are served through a facebook page of same name ie penspoint. With all sell in buy it now format it was much easy for me to plan the purchase. For any communication the owner is always available on whatsapp.
The above advantages apart, what nearly got me hooked to this vendor is the condition of the pens. Most of his pens are NOS or extremely well preserved old pens and all pens come complete with converters. Apparently he is rather selective about his suppliers. The other advantage of this seller from Delhi is that he sells mainly new pens while vintages are a side business. The owner Mr. Ravi has also been very supportive to source new pens and vintage pens alike. He seems to have a nice stock of vintage and new pens. I am particularly happy about the price of his pens. Also In my knowledge this is one pen shop where you have a lot of Italian pens - though with my present budget I am not yet into collecting such expensive pens.
All three above vendors have offered an eclectic selection and at reasonable price and free shipping. Sharing this info with members who might find it helpful. In fact I read the post of a satisfied buyer in facebook yesterday about a CrossTownsend pen bought from one of them and later got inspired to share my experience here.
I would eventually upload photos of all the 50 or so vintage pens I have bought from these vendors.