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#21 maus930

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 23:49

WELL DONE -- GOOD LUCK



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Posted 02 May 2017 - 21:55

Nice looking site! On the Clairefontaine 51 page, the word "format" is half bold, half regular font. Please make a blog post, to tell prospective clients, more about yourself. That is, when you have time, between orders fulfillment and stock replenishment! :)
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Posted 03 May 2017 - 00:43

Beautiful site, great photographs.



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Posted 04 May 2017 - 06:04

Hi John,

I wish you all the best in your new endeavour.

You have an excellent Web site design. I was actually able to navigate the site quickly and efficiently without ever having to enable scripting! Finally, an E-Commerce site that doesn't have layers and layers of dozens of hidden scripting sites lurking, tracking me, and collecting redundant "Metrics" about me - just so I can click on an item.

I see you carry Namiki Blue and Namiki Black ink in the squat oval 60ml bottles. This is rare to see in the U.S. As I understand it you are supposed to go through Pilot's exclusive U.S. Distributor and they only allow resale of the larger round-shaped Pilot-branded 70ml bottles. (The ink in the 60ml Namiki and 30ml/70ml Pilot bottles is identical.)

What I want to know is if you can sell the 60ml bottles of Namiki Ink in the U.S., can you go one step further and sell the 300ml bottles of Pilot Blue-Black, Black, and Red ink in the U.S. too? I think there is a demand for the large bottles in the U.S., but so far I've never seen anyone attempt to sell them state-side.

Here's an example of what I'm talking about:

http://www.japanpen.com/product/101

Remember, 300ml bottles of Pilot/Namiki Blue do not exist, only Blue-Black, Red & Black. But the Blue and Blue-Black inks are quite similar, both in color and behavior. One difference however is the Blue ink has a stronger odor of Phenol (I think), which is added in minute amounts to all the colors to protect against SITB.

Best Regards, David



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Posted 05 May 2017 - 11:57

John - could you please carry Noodlers Blue and Noodlers Eel Blue and Eel Black?

I understand there's a temporary shortage of Eel Blue due to that it's made by hand by one person, but the others should be aavailable.

Thanks

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 00:26

Congratulations and good luck! 

 

The site is easy to navigate, the design in uncluttered and the shipping policies are customer friendly. 

 

I hope your business does well.



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 21:15

Did you directly contact Pilot to get the MRs or did you order it from them? I will be back when the site provides a wider variety. Chase TWSBI like you mean it, a secret informant of mine from the retailer side told me that they offer special discounts for authorized retailers. Hope to see you in brick and mortar one day!!!



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 22:13

Looks good and I love the cause you support ! All the best!
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Posted 11 May 2017 - 03:44

Very nice site. I've bookmarked it.



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 19:54

Nice looking site! On the Clairefontaine 51 page, the word "format" is half bold, half regular font. Please make a blog post, to tell prospective clients, more about yourself. That is, when you have time, between orders fulfillment and stock replenishment! :)

Good spot! Thank you! 



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 19:55

Hi John,

I wish you all the best in your new endeavour.

You have an excellent Web site design. I was actually able to navigate the site quickly and efficiently without ever having to enable scripting! Finally, an E-Commerce site that doesn't have layers and layers of dozens of hidden scripting sites lurking, tracking me, and collecting redundant "Metrics" about me - just so I can click on an item.

I see you carry Namiki Blue and Namiki Black ink in the squat oval 60ml bottles. This is rare to see in the U.S. As I understand it you are supposed to go through Pilot's exclusive U.S. Distributor and they only allow resale of the larger round-shaped Pilot-branded 70ml bottles. (The ink in the 60ml Namiki and 30ml/70ml Pilot bottles is identical.)

What I want to know is if you can sell the 60ml bottles of Namiki Ink in the U.S., can you go one step further and sell the 300ml bottles of Pilot Blue-Black, Black, and Red ink in the U.S. too? I think there is a demand for the large bottles in the U.S., but so far I've never seen anyone attempt to sell them state-side.

Here's an example of what I'm talking about:

http://www.japanpen.com/product/101

Remember, 300ml bottles of Pilot/Namiki Blue do not exist, only Blue-Black, Red & Black. But the Blue and Blue-Black inks are quite similar, both in color and behavior. One difference however is the Blue ink has a stronger odor of Phenol (I think), which is added in minute amounts to all the colors to protect against SITB.

Best Regards, David

David,

I'll have to look into this. Apologies for the delay! I would love to be able to carry larger bottles of Pilot ink. It's really great stuff and I'm sure more economical with the larger sizes. 



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 19:59

John - could you please carry Noodlers Blue and Noodlers Eel Blue and Eel Black?

I understand there's a temporary shortage of Eel Blue due to that it's made by hand by one person, but the others should be aavailable.

Thanks

 

I'll add it to my next order! 

 

Did you directly contact Pilot to get the MRs or did you order it from them? I will be back when the site provides a wider variety. Chase TWSBI like you mean it, a secret informant of mine from the retailer side told me that they offer special discounts for authorized retailers. Hope to see you in brick and mortar one day!!!

 

I ordered the MR's through Pilot. They call it the Metropolitan in the US, but Pilot USA transitioned to MR for us here in the States recently. It's the same Metro as all other US distributors carry. 

 

And I am in contact with TWSBI, I was waiting to carry them when I either had more demand for them, and/or sold more of what I have in inventory first. But they are definitely on the short list. I love their design and the owner seems very cool. I'd love a B&M, too! Then I can carry some of those brands they don't let sell online - but that's down the road I'm sure. 



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 22:03

The website looks nice, and it is easy to navigate.  As an overseas buyer one of the critical things I look at is how shipping will impact my choice.  As it stands, your shipping options are not attractive for overseas buyers - which is perfectly fine of course if you consider your customer base to be all american (which I presume you do).

 

Don't be surprised if you get a rush on that Lamy Petrol! :D



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Posted 24 May 2017 - 11:23

Really nice website!

I'm in the process of opening up an online store as well and I think I'm going to have to step my game up! JK I really like your layout, visual appeal and product selection. Good luck in your business. I'm still trying to get a hold of a Lamy distributor lol

Def best of luck to you and its exciting putting the passion in pens/paper to setup your own shop.



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Posted 30 May 2017 - 05:48

Good luck, it's a beautiful site and I've bookmarked it for when I next decide to purchase.

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 21:43

I think the site is easy to navigate and I like the stream-lined look.  I don't like a "Sale" notice coming up on a pen that is listed as costing ten cents less than its normal price; I find that a bit cheesy and out of keeping with the site's overall feel. Good luck!


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Posted 07 June 2017 - 21:23

I think the site is easy to navigate and I like the stream-lined look.  I don't like a "Sale" notice coming up on a pen that is listed as costing ten cents less than its normal price; I find that a bit cheesy and out of keeping with the site's overall feel. Good luck!

Ha you caught me testing something! I was setting the Lamy Al-Star Charged Green on sale to see what happened and it worked! I eventually changed the price to reflect an actual "sale!"

 

Thanks for the kind words!







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