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Okay. I haven't bought or sold any through these forums. Good luck with your disposal efforts.

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How about trading them for some cooler things that you don't have?  Thus downsizing the size but increasing the quality, or at least the variety, of what you have.


I think this is difficult, but possible.




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A couple of possible ideas you could consider.


You could sell the pens to a pen dealer who tends to have clients who are pen aficionados or collectors. Or ask them to sell the pens for you on consignment. That way it is more likely that the pens go to enthusiasts. I don’t know many pen dealers but the one that came into my mind was Guillaume Chappuis at Watch and Write in Switzerland (used to be 123stylo.com), who sells mostly vintage and rare pens via Facebook rather than being generally accessible to the random public. His Instagram account is watch.and.write, so you can see his posts and get an idea of what I mean. Someone like this has an established client base that he knows and he would probably know who exactly might be looking for some of these pens. In any event, only pen enthusiasts would know about his business. I’m sure there are other pen dealers you could find with a bit of research who might fit the bill.


Or you could perhaps sell the pens at a higher price with an offer to refund a portion of the price on receipt of a hand-written letter from the buyer, written with the pen. Of course you would have to honour the refund whatever they write, but I suspect in at least some of the cases you will get a nice letter that tells you something about the buyer and why they wanted the pen. It may go some way toward giving you the feeling that you have a connection with the buyer and that they are enthusiastic about the pens. In some cases you may feel like you want to refund a bit more based on what you learn.


Just trying to be a bit creative here. Maybe there are other things you can think of.


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On 12/25/2020 at 5:13 PM, yazeh said:

I have to agree with sgphototn,whole heartedly. When we give something away, it's theirs and they can do whatever they want to do with it... 

Yes, and if you're selling them on ebay you have no say as to what happens to the pen after it leaves your hands.

The same thing cannot be said about a pen that is gifted or sold under these circumstances here today. It's different when one of the conditions of the sale is that you actually have to care about the pen. 


If you know they're going to destroy the object because they don't care enough OR if you know they're going to treasure it for life IT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE(in the consciousness and "the heart," of the seller). Especially if the seller genuinely cares about these objects. 


Whetheror not the buyer actually follows through with that condition, is the topic of discussion. HOW do we find good folks to look after our pens when we are gone (or when we have a NEED to part ways with them)?


I think this topic is AWESOME, and I think we should establish A STANDARD for selling/gifting pens to folks who will genuinely do their best to properly enjoy+use+look after pens THAT OTHER'S choose to part ways with for one reason or another.


basically the answer to our dilemma is: we have to get to know EACH and every single person... then discover which one of these people in the group actually cares about these objects MINIMUM to a degree you find suitable, AND THEN finally you have to make them agree to post an update thing every year for 2 or 3 years just to make sure they actually still have it and didn't sell it off or ruined it or whatever 🤷🏻‍♂️


those who ACTUALLY care, I'm sure, will continue to update ya on these pens long after the 3 years are up = )




Paul = ) 


Here I am = )


I have about 70 American bucks and I fit the bill you're lookin' for!


✓ I don't ever get rid of my pens


✓ I baby all my pens as though they're delicate, extremely easy to scratch up and made of solid 24k gold


✓ I research every pen so that I know how to properly take care of it, and to appreciate it a little more (sometimes their history makes me like them so much more than before! like my Parker vp! I liked it because the nib is funny~! I didn't realize how special that thing is ❤️ IT'S SPECIAL❤️ like Ferrari F40 is last car Enzo Ferrari touched with his mind SPECIAL)


✓I like pens = ) a lot ❤️ and I would be honored if you considered me as a potential candidate for a new home for 1 or 2 of your pens👍I don't know what kind of pens you have and I don't know if you've already sold it or not but it sounds like you've got some quality objects, and WELL... 1 more pen this year won't hurt riiiiiiiiiiiiiight hahahahaha


For me to get rid of a pen, I would NEED to know that THAT pen will be in good hands❤️if I'm ever going to part ways with any one of them, I have to know the person likes it tremendously. if I don't know if the pain is going to be cared for and I still am giving it away it is because I am giving it to somebody in my family who I hope will appreciate it just by the sheer fact of how nice it is. Hasn't backfired yet = ) Last time I gave away a pen it was a parker jotter to a complete stranger because they asked me for a pen(it was a nurse at this hospital I was at) and I thought I would let her use one of my nice pens. She was ecstatic at how nice it wrote and asked me where to get one and all the good stuff just basically drooling over this nice pen = )

Yup she was jumping around all over the place when i told her it was hers hahahah 

I know that pen is in good hands ❤️

I feel good thinking about it

I know she uses it, and even if it accidentally got lost in the future I KNOW she's enjoying it just as much as I would have OR MORE probably more = )


if I sold that pen on ebay... (i don't think I would ever actually sell ANY pen, but for argument's sake)... if I did... The uncertainty of its fate... it's not a nice feeling to possess within the heart... This guy wants to knowwwww that HIS pens aren't going to be abused or ignored, but rather appreciated and cared for. There's nothing wrong with that = )

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On 1/16/2021 at 4:44 PM, bisbob said:

What brands are you looking to sell? I'm venturing into Viscontis and would give them a good home.😃

I have two viscontis and like them and use them a lot.  A bright green Breeze and a VanGogh Irises. Some of my favorite pens to write with. 

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