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Agreed. At one time Pelikans were my favorite pens, but for the past few years they have been priced beyond what I am willing to pay. If this signals a return to a more rational pricing model in the U.S. than that is very good news.

 

BTW, during a visit to the Vancouver Pen Shop earlier this week i was told that they had stopped carrying Pelikans due to the past price increases; obviously Canadians are feeling the pain as well.

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Agreed. At one time Pelikans were my favorite pens, but for the past few years they have been priced beyond what I am willing to pay. If this signals a return to a more rational pricing model in the U.S. than that is very good news.

 

BTW, during a visit to the Vancouver Pen Shop earlier this week i was told that they had stopped carrying Pelikans due to the past price increases; obviously Canadians are feeling the pain as well.

 

 

Yes, all of North America has had similar experiences. Chartpak is also the distributor for Canada. I thinks it's too soon to tell where prices are going to land. To complicate the issue, I hear rumor of a price increase planned for the European market in 2018. No details available yet.

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The US prices for modern Pelikans is why I've bought several from Missing Pens (Rolf Thiel's eBay store). Even with higher shipping charges, the savings over the US prices were considerable (roughly $40-50), and Rolf is very reputable. I would not hesitate to send someone to him.

Yes, I'd love to be able to patronize US businesses, so hopefully this is not a one-time occurrence (and hopefully their solution is to NOT raise European prices).

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Yes, all of North America has had similar experiences. Chartpak is also the distributor for Canada. I thinks it's too soon to tell where prices are going to land. To complicate the issue, I hear rumor of a price increase planned for the European market in 2018. No details available yet.

 

So perhaps they are trying to dissuade the US market from buying from Europe? And/or make up the decrease. I'm no economist, but that would fit with what your theory was, Joshua.

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Step 1.) Be stupid

 

Step 2.) Charge 30% more in America than you do everywhere else

 

Step 3.) Create a black market that winds up hurting your US retailers.

 

Step 4.) don't profit?

 

I wish I could have bought my edelstein inks from a US vendor. But when the discount from germany, with free shipping, is MORE THAN THIRTY PERCENT, I just can't help but shake my head. It takes a spectacular moron to think they're doing the right thing. If they jack their prices to ~$30 USD worldwide, they're just going to lose all their business from me, period.

 

I've always liked pelikan pens, but I've basically decided the only ones I'll ever own are a greg minuskin kissed vintage 140.

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