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Lamy Usa Distributer Change - Price Increases



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It appears Lamy in the USA has a new distributer and prices went up. Basic things like converters and ink are in the 15-20% range. Pens and other items less, but the dollar amounts are high.

 

This is unfortunate after the LE ink debacles for the past couple of years coupled with the EF nib issues.

 

Link from Goulet Blog:

http://blog.gouletpens.com/2017/08/lamy-news-and-price-changes.html

 

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It appears Lamy in the USA has a new distributer and prices went up. Basic things like converters and ink are in the 15-20% range. Pens and other items less, but the dollar amounts are high.

 

This is unfortunate after the LE ink debacles for the past couple of years coupled with the EF nib issues.

 

Link from Goulet Blog:

http://blog.gouletpens.com/2017/08/lamy-news-and-price-changes.html

 

Hi Morphling, et al,

 

This probably explains why the new Aion is selling for $72 here when the Lamy Store is selling it for $56 USD, (but they won't ship to the State's).

 

It seems Lamy is going out of it's way lately to shoot itself in the foot. :huh:

 

Thanks for the "heads-up."

 

 

- Anthony

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It seems Lamy is going out of it's way lately to shoot itself in the foot. :huh:

 

 

 

Definitely. And not just in the US.

I went into a B&M store in a mid-sized town in Germany a few days ago and asked them when the Aion would be available - I'm back there in a few weeks, so I thought I'd buy it from a physical store.

Blank looks.

They rely on a Lamy sales rep for their information and they didn't know when their rep would be back. The pen isn't visible on their ordering system, even though I could order it from Lamy directly if I wanted.

To be clear, this is a specialist stationer and office supply store. They sell Lamy products. They have a wall of Safaris, AL-Stars and children's fountain pens, plus some more up-market Lamy models under glass.

 

A friend told me last year about going into a Birkenstock store in the centre of a city in Germany, not finding shoes his size and being told that he would be better off ordering what he wanted from Amazon. Yes, it's a different industry, but the phenomenon of ignoring one's specialist B&M outlets seems to be similar. To me it's a dangerous pathology. Perhaps it's something some companies face when they reach a certain size.

 

Whatever Lamy is presently going through, let's hope they recover soon.

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Well, the exchange rate between the euro and the US dollar has changed during the last six months. Things priced in euros are more expensive in dollars now. I suppose that could be one cause for the price increase as well.

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I just called the new dudes...

 

It wasn't for price increases or anything, but they seem to be nice people.

 

The website is a little ugly looking though.

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