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#1 tt32003

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 13:31

Went pen shopping at Mustafa Centre today.
Intended to get really cheap pens to play with ie the Hero 336, pilot tear dropper etc.
They have 3 pen departments, all selling more or less the same stuff : Parker, Shaeffer, Waterman, Lamy, Pelikan, Montblanc, Caran D'ache, Faber Castel, Pilot, Hero and some fashion house brands.
The funny thing is all 3 departments sell some pens at different price ! (some items labelled wrongly)
Pelikan M400 (old style with one coulour 14k nib) are selling at SS128 (about $91) so I bought a blue stiped one.
The sale staff has very little product knoledge but let me play with the pens though there is no ink to dip and try writing.
There are Lamy 2k going for about $100.
And some fat Montblanc (149?) foing for about $300. Is that cheap ?

I bought the dirt cheap hero 336 too (at S$1.20 per piece)

Overall if you know what you want or want to feel how the pen is , it's a good huting ground for pens.
Weekday is a better time to visit there than weekend as it's not crowded and you have more space to move around.

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 09:43

I would grab the fat MB149 if its only S$300. MB doesn't come cheap btw. One shop in Saigon tagged it for US$1000.

QUOTE (tt32003 @ Aug 12 2008, 09:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Went pen shopping at Mustafa Centre today.
Intended to get really cheap pens to play with ie the Hero 336, pilot tear dropper etc.
They have 3 pen departments, all selling more or less the same stuff : Parker, Shaeffer, Waterman, Lamy, Pelikan, Montblanc, Caran D'ache, Faber Castel, Pilot, Hero and some fashion house brands.
The funny thing is all 3 departments sell some pens at different price ! (some items labelled wrongly)
Pelikan M400 (old style with one coulour 14k nib) are selling at SS128 (about $91) so I bought a blue stiped one.
The sale staff has very little product knoledge but let me play with the pens though there is no ink to dip and try writing.
There are Lamy 2k going for about $100.
And some fat Montblanc (149?) foing for about $300. Is that cheap ?

I bought the dirt cheap hero 336 too (at S$1.20 per piece)

Overall if you know what you want or want to feel how the pen is , it's a good huting ground for pens.
Weekday is a better time to visit there than weekend as it's not crowded and you have more space to move around.



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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:56

Drop down to the MB forum and read up on the obvious fakes indications before you throw money at MBs you're not sure of.

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 13:31

hi,

the lamy 2K going for US$100 there? hmmm... about the same price as Pen Gallery then.. interesting.. do they have most of the nib size? esp EF and F?

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QUOTE (tt32003 @ Aug 12 2008, 09:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Went pen shopping at Mustafa Centre today.
Intended to get really cheap pens to play with ie the Hero 336, pilot tear dropper etc.
They have 3 pen departments, all selling more or less the same stuff : Parker, Shaeffer, Waterman, Lamy, Pelikan, Montblanc, Caran D'ache, Faber Castel, Pilot, Hero and some fashion house brands.
The funny thing is all 3 departments sell some pens at different price ! (some items labelled wrongly)
Pelikan M400 (old style with one coulour 14k nib) are selling at SS128 (about $91) so I bought a blue stiped one.
The sale staff has very little product knoledge but let me play with the pens though there is no ink to dip and try writing.
There are Lamy 2k going for about $100.
And some fat Montblanc (149?) foing for about $300. Is that cheap ?

I bought the dirt cheap hero 336 too (at S$1.20 per piece)

Overall if you know what you want or want to feel how the pen is , it's a good huting ground for pens.
Weekday is a better time to visit there than weekend as it's not crowded and you have more space to move around.



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Posted 21 August 2008 - 13:44

QUOTE (plinius @ Aug 21 2008, 09:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
hi,

the lamy 2K going for US$100 there? hmmm... about the same price as Pen Gallery then.. interesting.. do they have most of the nib size? esp EF and F?

Thanks


QUOTE (tt32003 @ Aug 12 2008, 09:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Went pen shopping at Mustafa Centre today.
Intended to get really cheap pens to play with ie the Hero 336, pilot tear dropper etc.
They have 3 pen departments, all selling more or less the same stuff : Parker, Shaeffer, Waterman, Lamy, Pelikan, Montblanc, Caran D'ache, Faber Castel, Pilot, Hero and some fashion house brands.
The funny thing is all 3 departments sell some pens at different price ! (some items labelled wrongly)
Pelikan M400 (old style with one coulour 14k nib) are selling at SS128 (about $91) so I bought a blue stiped one.
The sale staff has very little product knoledge but let me play with the pens though there is no ink to dip and try writing.
There are Lamy 2k going for about $100.
And some fat Montblanc (149?) foing for about $300. Is that cheap ?

I bought the dirt cheap hero 336 too (at S$1.20 per piece)

Overall if you know what you want or want to feel how the pen is , it's a good huting ground for pens.
Weekday is a better time to visit there than weekend as it's not crowded and you have more space to move around.



Not very sure.
I saw something that looks like Lamy 2k at the Lamy section and labelled S$140.
But there was no one at the counter.

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 15:31

QUOTE (tt32003 @ Aug 21 2008, 09:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not very sure.
I saw something that looks like Lamy 2k at the Lamy section and labelled S$140.
But there was no one at the counter.



uhmm... are you sure it's a Lamy 2k FP? Because the retail price in Singapore is about $240 ish (Guess who got stung)

As to Mustafa - Yeah... It's like that and has been like that since ages...
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Posted 22 August 2008 - 06:58

Nope. No S$300 MB149 or S$100 Lamy2K. I go there every week for grocery shopping. But you can buy a box of 10cc disposable syringes for 30 cents (about US 20cts) each at the counter selling blood pressure device nearby.






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