Exoticblanks.com - International Association of Penturners
     International Association of Penturners
Pens for Service Members
 
Support The IAP

Go Back   International Association of Penturners > Community Forums > Product Testing & Review > Vendors
  Forgot Password
Register FAQ Members List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Logged on members can hide ads!

Welcome to penturners.org!

You've found the home of The International Association of Penturners. You are currently viewing our site as a guest, which gives you limited access to view discussions, photos, and library articles.

Consider joining our community today. You'll have full access to all of our content, be able to enter our contests, find local chapters near you, and post your questions and share your experience with our members all over the world.

Membership is completely free!!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-23-2012, 10:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Cary, NC
Posts: 395
Photos: 0

Default Exoticblanks.com

I haven't found a full-on review of these guys yet, so I guess I'll put one up for formailty's sake

exoticblanks.com is the web address

Now, their website had me fooled at first, they sell a LOT more than just blanks. More on that later.

exoticblanks has a lot of different stuff. You can buy snakeskin, feather, carbon fiber, and all manner of tru-stone. Unfortunately they can be a little slow to update their website, as skin and feather blanks sell fast, but calling them is easy and they are great on the phone. The one thing (strange, I think) that they don't really have much of in stock is burl wood. They do have some weird stabilized cactus stuff (which is pretty cool) but no amboyna, maple, box elder or that kind of stuff. Of course, you can buy this stuff from burlsource, but that's a different review :)

Their website e-commerce is easy to navigate, I've never had problems with it. Checking out is a cinch, they take paypal and major credit cards, and none of the shenanigans that some checkout processes put you through (like some home-brew capcha code it takes compound eyes to read, or a bunch of ads for their own stuff to click through)

The pen kits they sell are (mostly) the stuff you can find at other vendors along with some items you can't (the zen, for example). But their prices are phenomenal. You can buy one kit from them, for the same price as the quantity discount from other vendors. exoticblanks also has this nifty thing called mixable discounts, so I can buy one of ten different pen styles, and STILL get a quantity discount on each one. I don't know if they are pulling these things out of a hat or what, but they are dirt cheap and just as good as any competitors kit.

Oh, and the mixable (read: awesomeness) discount feature they have? yea. it applies to blanks too :D

But what really sealed the deal was actually something that happened after my package arrived. They include a detailed invoice with your package (by the way, they wrap it all up very well. They even included bubble wrap. Score!) and on the top of it someone had written "thank you Randy!!:)" with a great big smiley. It might not seem like much but I tell you it really does mean a lot to know there is a real person on the other end who knows your name.

I give them a definite 10. Will order from them again very very soon :D

Randy

~Edit: I forgot to mention, they will sometimes include a few freebies with your order. I got two very nice looking acrylics with mine. Cool!
__________________
Randy Simmons,
http://simmonswoodwork.com
Do a good turn daily

Last edited by wolftat; 09-24-2012 at 01:04 PM. Reason: Adjusting vendor names
Randy Simmons is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 09-23-2012, 10:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
Local Chapter Manager
 
ed4copies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Racine, WI, USA.
Posts: 23,287
Photos: 27

Default

Thank you, Randy
Dawn & Ed

__________________
Ed Brown
ed4copies is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 09-23-2012, 10:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
CSue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Riverside, CA, USA.
Posts: 2,380
Photos: 16

Default

Right on!
__________________
Cathy Sue
"Never say die!"
Quote from Star Trek
Likes: (2)
CSue is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Advertisement
Old 09-23-2012, 10:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Cary, NC
Posts: 395
Photos: 0

Default

You guys are awesome. I don't have enough thumbs to put up. One tiny request though... could you maybe stock some presimos from PSI? just thought I'd put that out there :)

Cheers! you guys do great work

Randy
__________________
Randy Simmons,
http://simmonswoodwork.com
Do a good turn daily
Likes: (2)
Randy Simmons is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 09-23-2012, 11:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Topeka, Kansas
Posts: 66
Photos: 0

Default

Forgot to mention the freebies
tumbleweed676 is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 09-23-2012, 11:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Reno, Nv
Posts: 3,060
Photos: 0

Default

Dawn usually signs mine...Ed can smell funny sometimes. I had a box waiting when I was able to head home after 10 straight at the hospital. Big time Exotic fun tomorrow!!
Likes: (1)
Jim Burr is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 09-24-2012, 12:16 AM   #7 (permalink)
 
terryf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Posts: 1,281
Photos: 3

Default

The only thing that turns me off about Exotics is the flat intl shipping rate and refund after shipping policy. Usually wouldnt be a problem but then I get stuck with the 30 bucks hanging in virtual cyber space because I cant access funds once theyre in paypal other than to pay vendors.

I very seldom order more than what would fit into a small rate rate box.
This obviously isnt a problem for you guys in the US.

I have also not seen any other vendor offer kits (RB, FP, BP and pencil) on the same page.

One thing about Ed is that he is very keen to give away his knowledge and that I do appreciate! The vids on youtube were a great starting point for me in this hobby and I watched a good few more than once!
__________________
Terry
terryf is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 09-24-2012, 12:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
Assistant Moderator
Vendor Liaison
 
maxwell_smart007's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: middle of nowhere in the great, white North
Posts: 6,471
Photos: 0

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by terryf View Post
The only thing that turns me off about Exotics is the flat intl shipping rate and refund after shipping policy. Usually wouldnt be a problem but then I get stuck with the 30 bucks hanging in virtual cyber space because I cant access funds once theyre in paypal other than to pay vendors.
Sure beats a no-refund policy! However, I know that as a Canuck, we get dinged on paying, and receiving, via paypal, to the tune of about 2.5 percent extra on top of the bank rate conversion fee...imagine it's the same for S. Africa?

I figure that you could treat the 30 bucks like 'found money', and pretend that it's just free...if they didn't offer international flat-rate, you'd be out that money anyway - use it to buy something else that's fun!
__________________
"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars"

"He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed."

Last edited by maxwell_smart007; 09-24-2012 at 12:27 AM.
maxwell_smart007 is online now   Reply With Quote Top
Old 09-24-2012, 07:42 AM   #9 (permalink)
Group Buy Coordinator
 
Monty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pearland, Texas, USA.
Posts: 7,500
Photos: 13

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by terryf View Post
The only thing that turns me off about Exotics is the flat intl shipping rate and refund after shipping policy. Usually wouldnt be a problem but then I get stuck with the 30 bucks hanging in virtual cyber space because I cant access funds once theyre in paypal other than to pay vendors.....
You could get around this. At check out, select "Sending Check / Call In Info"and include a note to have them send you a PP invoice for the total. Than you won't have this problem.
__________________
Mannie - Pearland, TX
I hate it when people steal my ideas before I think of them.
Monty is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 09-24-2012, 08:10 AM   #10 (permalink)
 
Joe S.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: South Lyon, MI
Posts: 1,995
Photos: 3

Default

I love exotics! I'm going to order again as soon as they get more sodalite tru-stone 3/4". Great site.
__________________
Joe S.

5th place 2014 tube-on casting contest.
Likes: (1)
Joe S. is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Related Content
Logged on members can hide ads
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:15 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0

Content Copyright © 2003-2016 by Penturners.org, LLC; All Rights Reserved
Terms Of Service   Acceptable Use Policy