I looked at chartpak.net but can't seem to find exactly where or how I can buy Pelikan from them. Would you be able to point the online store out to me?
@AMilnes ChartPak is the distributor for Pelikan in the U.S. to the authorized retailers which some like PenChalet will note on their website: "is an authorized dealer of Pelikan so you know you are getting quality, authentic Fountain Pens."
Is the cost difference between authorized vs non-authorized worth the headache if the pen needs support? It depends. Some retailers have good support, some ...?
My first Pelikan was from MassDrop, not authorized, so far so good. I was not too concerned as the M205 purchase was well within budget, plus I was too naive at the time about grey market, groupbuys.
Over time, I learned that Pelikans are pretty reliable and can be repaired especially modern ones- going well beyond ChartPak warranty. Next up was Goldspot, which had M600 on sale delivered in a crinkled plastic sleeve as if it were used/grey market. I tested pen and it worked, so far so good. Moving up the tier, PenChalet with their 10% coupon plus periodic sales or nibs.com with nib customization was more important to me than super 40% off. PenChalet actually was below Endless for an M101N.
I've bought lots of pens from many retailers and like anyone else enjoys a good sale/deal but in the end with all the sales, and coupons and deals, the hard numerical reality is, the extra savings really was not much as I've spent waay too much already!
Over the total cost of the collection, the savings was really is not what I thought it was having never purchased at full retail (20% off MSRP) The money I saved did not make the pen write any better. Same if I paid more. But after seeing so many deep discounts, I've come to realize value is relative and wow some markups are astronomically high!
It would only have worked, if I bought maybe a few pens at super clearance closeout coupon deal holiday sale and STOPPED, evermore.
If you have that control or comfortable with risk, then maybe Endless Pens is a killer deal. I have not gotten a stinker from them and found their customer service responsive.
But if this was my first pen or money is tight, hassle free after service support is worth more than savings.
Lemme tell you, the soul crushing agony of having a pen not write right when you've done delivery time and the puppy excitement drains is so yucky, you'd wish you'd got a buncha Wing Sung 601 from Ebay and be done with it.
Seriously, who needs a fountain pen these days?
So unless you like to tinker around, my advice is get a good pen from a well known retailer like Vanness Pens, Goulet, Anderson's, Pen Chalet, Nibsmith, Chatterley Luxuries, etc
You will find that your enjoyment of the pen and support from retailers well known in the community is worth it in the long run. They are so nice people and it feels good to support that!!!
Then later down the road after a few good pen experiences, maybe risk toward those killer deals factoring in potential repairs down the road at pen shows from the likes of IndyPenDance or Ron Zorn at Main Street Pens
See! there are so many ways this hobby can spread your money around
Good luck! and please do share your nice pen from where ever you get it.
Edited by peroride, 02 September 2019 - 07:57.