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Great Price For Platinum #3776 Century Yakusugi Cedar Pen On Amazon.com.au



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The Platinum #3776 Century Yakusugi cedar fountain pen with 14K gold Fine nib is presently being offered (sold by Amazon US, so I'd say from a reliable seller) for what I think is an awesome bargain price on Amazon.com.au, especially from the perspective of an Australian consumer. International shipping charges often kill what is nominally a good deal, but if you have Prime membership with Amazon Australia, shipping is free for this item; furthermore, unlike buying from eBay.com.au, GST is inclusive in this price.

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The Japanese domestic RRP for this is ¥50,000 (about A$639 at the current exchange rate) exclusive of consumption tax.

I'd jump on it myself if I didn't already have one; and I cannot be bothered importing one just for the purpose of selling it for a slight profit, when PayPal fees and such would eat up a significant chunk of that. I'm hoping this post might benefit some of my compatriots and fellow fans of 'Japanese Fine' nibs on pens made of precious woods, and also sets some sort of reference point for those who come afterwards, in case someone (without the credibility and reliability of Amazon) wants to sell the same pen at a significantly higher asking price.

The pen comes in a larger paulownia box than the Platinum #3776 Briarwood models, and includes an artsy Japanese fabric pen pouch. You can see more of the package contents here:
https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/333170-platinum-yakusugi-rare-ancient-wood-fountain-pen/

(Mine doesn't have the kanji inscription on the section, though.)

Of course, Amazon often likes to play silly buggers with product pricing, so the price of this pen could go lower still; I've seen two consecutive drops of ~$10 each in the past 24 hours. On the other hand, it could shoot up to A$750 or more overnight; that was its price on Amazon.com.au a fortnight or so ago, if I recall correctly.

 

Disclaimer: Of course I'm not affiliated with either Amazon or Platinum, except as a satisfied customer with a long purchase history.

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Another price drop in the last 60 minutes:
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If anyone prefers a Medium nib, you can get an even better price for this pen on Rakuten Ichiba – ¥32,400 ( A$414) inclusive of Japan's consumption tax, which you cannot avoid in that case – if you are prepared to deal with and pay a reshipper (such as Rakuten Global Express) to receive the goods on your behalf in Japan, then forward it to you internationally.

 

($438-$414=) $24 probably won't be sufficient to cover the forwarding service charges, however.

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; and link to third-party content where I can, when I make a claim or refute a statement of fact in a thread. If there is something you can verify for yourself, I entreat you to do so, and judge for yourself what is right, correct for valid. I may be wrong, and my position or say-so is no more authoritative and carries no more weight than anyone else's here.

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