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#1 paprenu

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 09:25

As a buyer on the US east coast, is 175 USD for a Lamy 2000 new from the UK (plus 6 USD shipping) a price too good to be true? I see them at most online retailers for much more than that, and don't want to risk a problem with the purchase. I recently went to my first pen show in DC, got to try a lot of really cool pens, among them a particular amber model by Dan Symonds that I nearly bought on the spot, and would have if for a lack of restraint, and ultimately decided that answer to the ever-present system of attainability and enjoyability is the Lamy 2000, M. I have put quite a bit of work into finding the best price I can — I'm always one to hold change tightly — but I want to make sure there's nothing wrong going on here before I send my hard earned dollars across the Atlantic. And of course, if anyone has a recommendation for a better (read "less expensive", though anything is welcome) mode or method of acquiring one of these fantastic instruments, I of course am more than happy to read it.

(I've included an image of a Lamy 2000 from a review on EDJelly below. I'm sure you've all seen one, but this makes admiring it all the more easy.)



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#2 sciumbasci

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 23:37

Wouldn't import duties get the price above MSRP though?

#3 langere

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 00:56

Paprenu,

 

I think you can get the same price in the States.  Fahrney's and Fountain Pen Hospital have it for $175, for example. No need to go across the pond, methinks.

 

And have you tried the FPN Marketplace?  There are often gently used Lamy 2ks on offer there, at lower prices.

 

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#4 stylophilly

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 01:08

@Paprenu  Yea, no need to order from the UK. There are many US-based retailers that can easily match that $175 price. As langere mentioned, L2K also come on the secondhand market on here often, usually hovering around $100 used.

 

Good luck. 



#5 praxim

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:02

175 USD in this thread, 130 USD in the other thread of the same title. What is going on?


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#6 paprenu

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 20:11

I accidentally put $175, the actual price is 130, which is why I have that in the other thread.



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Posted 14 August 2019 - 20:57

130 is not too low. I paid about 140 for mine two years ago and got another on massdrop for 100.

Lesandro just did another run in EF, F and M for 130.

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 04:23

I bought my 2000 from Cult Pens in England earlier this year for about US$142 (it was 109.58 GBP, w/o VAT).  No tax, no shipping fee, and no import duty.  US customs doesn't bother with anything that small.  Took about a week to get.  Very happy with the transaction.



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Posted 31 August 2019 - 03:20

As a buyer on the US east coast, is 175 USD for a Lamy 2000 new from the UK (plus 6 USD shipping) a price too good to be true? I see them at most online retailers for much more than that, and don't want to risk a problem with the purchase. I recently went to my first pen show in DC, got to try a lot of really cool pens, among them a particular amber model by Dan Symonds that I nearly bought on the spot, and would have if for a lack of restraint, and ultimately decided that answer to the ever-present system of attainability and enjoyability is the Lamy 2000, M. I have put quite a bit of work into finding the best price I can — I'm always one to hold change tightly — but I want to make sure there's nothing wrong going on here before I send my hard earned dollars across the Atlantic. And of course, if anyone has a recommendation for a better (read "less expensive", though anything is welcome) mode or method of acquiring one of these fantastic instruments, I of course am more than happy to read it.

(I've included an image of a Lamy 2000 from a review on EDJelly below. I'm sure you've all seen one, but this makes admiring it all the more easy.)

I don't understand. Are you referring to the brushed all-metal version, or the Makrolon classic version? I got my regular L2K lightly used for $90, did some smoothing, and have a glassy-smooth medium nib now. I will flag the next used Lamy 2000 WTS on FPN Marketplace here for you, the sellers are all honest and reliable on FPN.

 

I also saw a vendor at the DC Pen Show selling their Lamy 2000's (an older model, different box) for the flat price of $120.


Edited by surprise123, 31 August 2019 - 03:22.


#10 CJH111

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 10:57

I just ordered a Lamy 2000 from Cult Pens, total cost including two bottles of ink--one free with purchase and one added in--was about 100 GBP (roughly $125).  They're having a 10% off end of summer sale.  It's en route now with free, tracked shipping. Can't wait--this is going to be the nicest pen I've owned by a good margin.







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