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Dymocks on George Street's seemingly never-ending ‘Pen Sale’



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A Smug Dill

Disclosure / disclaimer: I do not work for Dymocks, directly or indirectly, and am not otherwise affiliated with the company or its owners. I just walk past it several times a week when heading uptown or on the way home, so I'm just putting a word in for a local business.

 

Dymocks on George Street in Sydney CBD is offering a selection of fountain pens (of different brands and countries of origin) at 30% off their regular prices, in the name of a ‘Pen Sale’ for which the sign hasn't been taken down since the height of COVID-19 related restrictions on movement in NSW. I didn't take note of them all, because brands like Cross, Parker, Sheaffer, Waterman, Kaweco and Retro 51 that were also there just don't capture my interest, but I did see six units of the Platinum Procyon (PNS-5000) including one Persimmon Orange (F nib), one Citron Yellow (F nib) and two Deep Sea (M nibs), which are priced lower than the Turquoise Blue ones sitting next to them in the same discounted goods cabinet near the front entrance.

 

There were also:

  • one unit of the Platinum #3776 Century Bourgogne with gold trim (PNS-13000#71) and F nib in the same cabinet. At the 30%-off discounted price, it's roughly comparable to ordering it from overseas, say Cult Pens today (inclusive of 10% Australian GST which it now adds to list prices expressly, the 10%-off discount code in play, and ‘free’ shipping to Australia), or from Japanese sellers on eBay once shipping charges are factored in;
  • one Platinum #3776 Celluloid ‘Calico’ (or ‘Stone Celluloid‘) with F nib; and
  • one Platinum #3776 Celluloid ‘Midnight Ocean’ (or ‘Ocean Blue’) with M nib.

 

There were four Pilot MR Animal (if I'm not mistaken, two White Tiger and two Black Crocodile) pens on the same tray. Having owned more than half a dozen Pilot MR pens (including the oft-recommended Pilot MR Metropolitan), I just don't think they're good ‘beginner’ pens because of the step-down and the ineffective cap seal, and may give someone of little experience with fountain pens the wrong impression; and I'm confident fellow Aussies can order those more cheaply than $48.99-less-30% on Amazon.com.au, so they aren't really worth looking at either way.

 

Also, a Porsche Design Tec Flex fountain pen, and a Visconti travelling inkwell at 30%-off, among other pens I don't recognise.

 

There were two Lamy Scala in black, one Lamy Aion in red and another in silver (talking about fountain pens only; there were some Aion ballpoint pens next to them), in the adjoining cabinet that is also part of the 30%-off clearance campaign. A Cross Peerless 125 Darth Vader edition fountain pen, and the matching rollerball pen, too.

 

All colours that remain in stock of Monteverde Portable Ink Capsules still at 50% off. I saw five different colours in the cabinet yesterday, but notably no more blues.

 

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Jamerelbe

Dymocks on George Street has become my "go-to" B&M store for fountain pens and associated products. Just grateful I live too far away to get there often - thanks though @A Smug Dill for letting me know what I'm missing!

 

[As discussed on another thread, I *did* pick up a Platinum Procyon there a couple of weeks ago, on a slightly-less-special special, plus a pink Kaweco Sport for my daughter, and one of the Monteverde Portable Ink capsules.  Kicking myself now that I didn't grab another couple!]

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I remember seeing a Graf von Faber-Castell pen in the discounted pens cabinet, and it took a bit of effort searching for and browsing images online to identify it as a Intuition with Ivory fluted barrel. At the discounted price of A$315 it could have been worth a second look, but I wasn't sure which nib it had, or even that it's a fountain pen, so I dropped in to the store again on my way to dinner this evening and asked. Alas, it's only a rollerball pen.

 

When I told the sales staff the reason I was asking is that I posted about the shop's ‘pen sale’ on FPN, and wanted to capture the details of what I — and therefore presumably like-minded folk — would find interesting, he pointed out that, ”but, oh, we do have some discounted Graf fountain pens at 30%-off in the wall display cabinet further back over there.” I had a closer look today. One fountain pen is a Classic Grenadilla, and the other is a black Guilloche. (The third black pen there is actually the black Guilloche rollerball.)

 

Also discounted, not by 30% but probably 25% (I saw only the before and after prices, and not the discount percentage, on the shop's red sale pricing labels), are a whole bunch of Pilot Capless (Vanishing Point and Décimo) pens in different colours, a Justus 95 pen with fluted black resin barrel and gold trim, and some other Pilot pens in the Custom line: the Custom NS in five different colours; two Custom 74 demonstrators in different colours; a Custom Heritage 92 demonstrator; and an M-nibbed Custom 742 in deep red.

 

Next to those, a M-nibbed Justus 95 with gold trim; three Pilot Capless Fermo (two white and one green), a Pilot Capless matt black Vanishing Point with chrome trim as a standalone item, and another in a gift box package with a pen pouch (with a net price difference of $11.25 on account of that); a Pilot Capless ‘basic’ silver Vanishing Point in a gift box package with pen pouch for $217.50 after discount; a Stripes Vanishing Point in the same sort of package for more than double that (even though this particular gift set is nominally 30%-off as opposed to 25%-off); and a whole tray of ‘limited edition’ Décimo in various colours for $269 each after discount, with F and M nibs both available for the colours that appear as pairs in the following photo. (Note that the seventh pen from the left is a singleton.)

 

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I don't think the thicker Vanishing Point pens on sale are as cheap as you could possibly find them ordering online from Australian retailers, but if you're specifically after a gift set with a pen pouch, perhaps these aren't as ready to be found at a lower price locally.

 

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(I'm merely updating the posts instead of appending new ones in this thread, so not to disturb and perturb @Jamerelbe.)

 

 

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When I dropped in this afternoon, I saw most of the unsold Platinum Procyon pens in the discount cabinet have been repriced, and now all colours uniformly show a price tag of $100 (before the 30% discount is applied). I don't think they managed to sell any at the old, lower price; so good luck to them!

 

Most of the Pilot Capless pens I saw before are still there, but the green Fermo appears to be gone, replaced by a third silver Fermo.

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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Eccles

What a shame that these pens don't show up on any web page; even when you choose the specific store, only their generic website comes up with a limited range of basic pens at full RRP.

I'm in Brisbane, so I won't be  popping in for a quick look in person.

Glenn.

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