The reason: Before I bought and used my first Nemosine Singularity pen, I was skeptical about how good the product is in spite of the 'accolades' online, on the basis that those declaring it great value for money seemed to predominantly be doing it from a (minority and biased) American perspective shipping charges (or lack thereof for US customers) were generally not factored into account when considering whether it's worth acquiring on its own, and I felt it wasn't pitched against other Taiwan-made or Chinese-made pens for shipping-excluded-pricing assessment of value for money. I bought my first Obsidian demonstrator from Pen Chalet on a lark, while I was ordering something else, so the marginal (international!) shipping cost for the unit was effectively nil, and I was delightfully surprised and positively impressed by it, and so I ordered a whole bunch more, with the intention of giving most of them away eventually.
Having been in that position myself, I understand a lot of would-be buyers among the majority of fountain pen users worldwide and certainly the subset in Australia may have baulked at shipping charges for a single unit (especially if bought directly from Nemosine.com) that is more than the discounted price of the pen. Especially now that Nemosine is moving away from selling its pens through retailers, and the Singularity has been discontinued as a model, those who want to try one cannot easily acquire one any more, and those who are already fans may also find it difficult to buy extra units. My previous attempt to buy one at a 'reasonable' price on eBay ended in frustration, a full refund and a pen that does not resemble or relate to a Nemosine Singularity in any way. (Yet another unused pen for me to give away separately, some other day.)
So especially in consideration of Australian fountain pen hobbyists I'm offering one of my surplus Nemosine Singularity Obsidian demonstrator pens as a giveaway, and you don't have to pay international shipping charges or a price for the product to get your hands on one; just what Australia Post charges as a minimum for its Parcel Post service. To be fair, if a New Zealander or UK resident wants it badly enough because it cannot be easily bought any more, I'll consider them on equal footing with anyone else who expresses interest in the offer, as long as I'm not wearing any of the postage charges to send it; the pen itself is my gift to the recipient, because one cannot just buy a new one these days easily even at the old retail price.
The selection process: I'll use a random number generator to decide randomly between all those who express interest and agree to pay for tracked parcel postage from Sydney, Australia for the item in this thread by 23:59 Australian Eastern Standard Time on 30 June 2019. If nobody expresses interest in this thread by that time, the offer will be withdrawn/cancelled.
Terms and conditions: The item is supplied as-is, in the retail packaging as it was supplied to me by Pen Chalet, with no warranty on my part, although Nemosine's own unique warranty code for the unit will be supplied on the slip inside the retail packaging. I'll check (and in fact, have already eyeballed through a magnifying visor) that the cap of the giveaway pen does not have cracks around the rim of the cap out of the box others have reported, but I do believe those cracks can develop with use, as they have on my aqua Singularity demonstrator. I will not be testing the nib on the giveaway unit before sending it off because it's brand new, but out of the (bottom four in the photo above) four Singularity pens I've inked and used (all with F nibs), none had a dud nib out of the box, and I'm happy enough with how narrow the lines they put on the page are. What I'll say is the plastic on the demonstrators are prone to scratching, and all of the caps of the demonstrators including the brand new ones shown have some visible micro-scratches on the inside of the caps on arrival, and so does the giveaway unit. Please pay the postage charges by PayPal to me before I send it; if tracking shows the package was never delivered to you, I'll refund you, since I'm not looking to pocket any of the money myself, but am in fact giving away with no strings attached what it cost me to acquire the pen in the first place.
Given the almost total lack of interest in my previous giveaway when I offered to pay for the postage, let's see how this PIF goes!
Edit: Added mention of Nemosine's unique warranty code inside the retail package
Edited by A Smug Dill, 22 June 2019 - 08:38.