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Parker Big Red Centennial For $224 On Amazon


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#1 katerchen

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Posted 07 October 2019 - 00:29

This is yet another instance of those wildly varying Amazon UK prices. This and *only* this model shows the price above:

https://www.amazon.c...0CFN8KJ6NK&th=1

 

Most likely, as soon as someone buys one, it will shoot up.

 

Worth watching though if you miss out on it : I got the exact same one for about the same price a couple of months ago. As soon as I bought it, went up to 300+

 

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Posted 07 October 2019 - 07:52

This offer is actually from Amazon Prime US. It's been frequently dropping to this price point since June 2019. See the green line:

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Always temporarily out of stock at this price, but they will honor this price and ship eventually. That's how I got mine.


Edited by Theroc, 07 October 2019 - 07:53.


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Posted 09 October 2019 - 00:31

I caved. $225 is about the breakpoint I've been wanting to get one of the large duofolds, and I've always liked the red.

 

Okay, y'all stop posting good deals on pens. I'm broke for now.


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Posted 09 October 2019 - 11:42

Heh Heh...

 

I have a Big Red Centennial with a broad nib which I have only used twice as it is a bit too broad for daily use on cheap paper. Been contemplating ordering a fine nib unit but due to the high cost I just have not been able to justify this.

Sooo... The price on Amazon (Including delivery and Duties) is a few dollars more than what a nib unit would cost me. 

So yes, I have also ordered one, even though I have overspent a bit on pens this year. But this type of deal does not come around often. Way cheaper than even ordering directly from the UK or Europe and excluding the cost of postage from the equation.



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 01:47

Also caved...not quite the Big Red of my dreams but too good to miss....



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 01:48

Did you get it at that low price? Now it shows : "New (3) from $298.42 + $9.85 Shipping"



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 02:10

Got it for SGD$313 which is about the US$225 - now showing at SGD$604 or US$438



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 12:06

And my apologies. A bit rude on my part not also thanking you katerchen for supplying the info on this deal. Much obliged to you.

Yes, prices have climbed since yesterday I see. Significantly as well.



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 16:25

Be sure to double check regarding a converter! According to the listing I just saw the price was $263.00 PLUS $11.96 for a converter!

 

I get really tired of being nickel and dimed!!

 

Thanks for posting though.


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 00:34

Mine did come with a converter. But yeah the price fluctuates very wildly.



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Posted 12 October 2019 - 08:05

I so wish I could trust Parker (and other European pens) to deliver a crisp, precise Fine gold nib! I'd even be prepared to pay a bit more than Japanese gold-nibbed pens of 'equivalent' quality for European 'heritage' or 'prestige'. The price is tempting for this pen, but I don't know if I could trust a Parker pen to either write precisely (despite having a Fine nib) or seal effectively against ink drying out when capped. :(


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Posted 12 October 2019 - 08:50

I so wish I could trust Parker (and other European pens) to deliver a crisp, precise Fine gold nib! I'd even be prepared to pay a bit more than Japanese gold-nibbed pens of 'equivalent' quality for European 'heritage' or 'prestige'. The price is tempting for this pen, but I don't know if I could trust a Parker pen to either write precisely (despite having a Fine nib) or seal effectively against ink drying out when capped. :(

 

My fine is a solid western fine.

 

Parker offers free nib exchange within 30 days for 14 different sizes, from OBBB to XXF. 

 

It's also a screwcap, so no dryout issues.

 

I'm impressed with the fit and finish. It doesn't post deeply enough for me, but the length is solid and it's well balanced.


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Posted 12 October 2019 - 09:35

I so wish I could trust Parker (and other European pens) to deliver a crisp, precise Fine gold nib! I'd even be prepared to pay a bit more than Japanese gold-nibbed pens of 'equivalent' quality for European 'heritage' or 'prestige'. The price is tempting for this pen, but I don't know if I could trust a Parker pen to either write precisely (despite having a Fine nib) or seal effectively against ink drying out when capped. :(


In my experience with modern Parkers it's just an if about ink drying out and even when there is some drying out going on it takes close to two months for ink to dry out entirely. Their nibs, especially those of the higher end Parkers, are indeed laying down comparatively thick and wet lines; they do however write precisely.

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 16:46

My only quibble with the current production (France) of the Centennial is the nib engraving. The UK version with arrow quill engraving looked much better, not to mention is iconic Parker.



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Posted 13 October 2019 - 03:09

$223 again Sat 10/12/19 at 10:55 EST

 

Does anyone know if this pen is the same one found on the Parker Website, $489

 

http://www.parkerpen...-nib-1931375--1

 

or is it this one For $692
 

http://www.parkerpen...-nib-1931377--1

 

Thanka



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Posted 13 October 2019 - 08:09

Parker offers free nib exchange within 30 days for 14 different sizes, from OBBB to XXF. 


Thanks. I didn't know about that. I'll have to ring Parker on Monday, though, to find out whether that applies in Australia, especially if I buy a Parker pen sold by Amazon US via Amazon.com.au. The Store Locator facility on Parker's web site pulls up nothing here.

If I'm able to get a EEF nib for the pen, then I'd be seriously interested.

It's also a screwcap, so no dryout issues.

In my experience with modern Parkers it's just an if about ink drying out and even when there is some drying out going on it takes close to two months for ink to dry out entirely.


Two months is not nearly good enough compared to other gold-nibbed, screw-capped Japanese fountain pens. Still, that's better than drying out in under four weeks.

What the hell is wrong with manufacturers who can't machine the threads precisely enough that there is essentially no gap through which air and vapour may escape, with materials such as resin that neither expands with moisture and temperature nor is permeable? :(

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 00:41

$223 again Sat 10/12/19 at 10:55 EST

 

Does anyone know if this pen is the same one found on the Parker Website, $489

 

http://www.parkerpen...-nib-1931375--1

 

or is it this one For $692
 

http://www.parkerpen...-nib-1931377--1

 

Thanka

 

 

It is the Centennial size.

 

The green marbled one is an International, for comparison.

https://photos.app.g...BthCKokw6vbkEM9



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Posted 14 October 2019 - 04:14

Hmmm. I just spoke with Parker's official distributor in Australia (Newell Brands), and it seems the nib exchange programme does indeed apply here, although just to be sure I'm sending them a follow-up email to confirm whether Amazon US is considered an authorised dealer for this purpose.

However, in the meantime I see the price has shot back up (because Amazon US doesn't seem to be listed as a seller right now, although chances are it'll come back again in the next so many days) on Amazon Australia for the model, so no matter the answer this will have to wait.

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 05:31

Thanks. I didn't know about that. I'll have to ring Parker on Monday, though, to find out whether that applies in Australia, especially if I buy a Parker pen sold by Amazon US via Amazon.com.au. The Store Locator facility on Parker's web site pulls up nothing here.

If I'm able to get a EEF nib for the pen, then I'd be seriously interested.


Two months is not nearly good enough compared to other gold-nibbed, screw-capped Japanese fountain pens. Still, that's better than drying out in under four weeks.

What the hell is wrong with manufacturers who can't machine the threads precisely enough that there is essentially no gap through which air and vapour may escape, with materials such as resin that neither expands with moisture and temperature nor is permeable? :(

 

even something like my tactile turn gist, which has no "proper" sealing inner cap, only relying on metal matching metal, and has very coarse threads, but they're cut so precisely the pen just doesn't dry out.

 

I think the biggest problem parker has is the design of the inner cap on the sonnet having exposure to air. you can blow into its cap.

 

I can't find a leak in my duofold when I blow into the cap.


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 05:58

Newell Brands in Australia just replied to me in writing to confirm that they recognise Amazon as a reseller of their products.

Now I just have to wait until that low price becomes available again — and before I spend that 'budget' on something else.

 

Or maybe I'll get the Prestige Ruthenium Chiselled version. Also at almost the lowest price ever, according to camelcamelcamel. However, there are just so many other pens I could buy with that kind of money instead, including makes and models with nibs I know I can trust (such as more colours of the Diplomat Aero)...


Edited by A Smug Dill, 14 October 2019 - 11:48.

As always:  1. Implicit in everything and every instance I write on FPN is the invitation for you to judge me as a peer in the community. I think it's only due respect to take each other's written word in online discussion seriously and apply critical judgment.  2. I do not presume to judge for you what is right, correct or valid. If I make a claim, or refute a statement in a thread, and link to references and other information in support, I beseech you to review and consider those, and judge for yourself. I may be wrong. My position or say-so carries no more weight than anyone else's here, and external parties can speak for themselves with what they have published.  3. I endeavour to be frank and truthful in what I write, show or otherwise present when I relate my first-hand experiences that are not independently verifiable. If it is something you can test for yourself and see the results, I entreat you to do so.







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