Another perspective on the retailer Dymocks, in Sydney, where my experience has been better than average with them. They do have discounts, and until the end on this month 50% off some brands. I picked up a dialogue 3 and a Visconti Van Gough at that discounted price (okay I ended up with one more pen than I planned but no regrets ). My wife went and picked up a Visconti as well - they are just so beautiful but at full price we couldnt have at least in Australias high price market.
But the interesting part of the story is that my wife fell in love with a Visconti Rembrandt at first.... yes, 50% off too! She had help selecting it and then the sales assistant noticed a slight flaw with the end ferrule on the cap. They discussed it and said they couldnt sell it to us despite the fact that we said wed pay for it and then get the pen returned to the manufacturer for repair... they quite rightly said they would not like us to experience any disappointment should the pen not get repaired. They were happy to forego the sale rather than create potential dissappointment down the track. My wife ended up happy to buy an even more expensive pen in the end and shes very happy she did! So all good...
Similarly, I mentioned a slow start to the first inking of my new Lamy and they said bring it back and they will help... as it turned out it was just the first fill slows, but nice to know.
From what I have seen at Dymocks and from my own personal experience, Id take back a pen with cyanoacetate glue on it. To my mind it has had a life outside of the normal before you purchased it.
In the mean time, wow, that Dialogue 3 has become my favourite pen. Even surpassing my 1995 Elysse as my day to day... what a nib, what an engineering marvel. I love the looks it gets, surprise and curiosity quickly becomes admiration for the design and the execution. I was so impressed Ive put the 2000 on my want list... tragically they had sold out at the 50% discount at Dymocks!
I recently got a Lamy 2000 Steel and a Vanishing Point from that store at 50% off...the 2000 had a slightly iffy nib (M), but I had it replaced at the Milligram store in Melbourne Central for an F nib which works perfectly.
A little trivia...the authorised distributor for Lamy in Australia is Telegram Co (aka Milligram), and they're a wholly owned subsidiary of Dymocks
Edited by Twister292, 29 June 2018 - 18:10.