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Old 08-27-2015, 08:08 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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If you can go 3/8, bolt action 30cal ballpoints are my best sellers....

good luck!

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These are my favorites. I think the most unique. A very fascinating design...and a single barrel.
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:20 PM   #22 (permalink)
 
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I started with Slimlines, and made 4 categories $20, $25, $30 and $35. I use the fancy kit, because I like the way they looks, and I no longer carry the $24 ktp in any style. The way that I choose the price is by wood spices or the amount of segmenting I do on the pen. I include a box and a card describing the wood.

Now keep in mind that at $20 you need to sell a few to make buck.
I learned that I must have these 4 Categories available because not everyone has $50 dollars or more to spend on a pen, but the ones that do don't look at the cross refills.

I moved up to Americana's or classic pens, and sell them between $45-$65 and again wood spices and complexity determine the price. These pens attract mostly professionals who need a pen that can manage a rollerball or gel refill.
I was still looking for something a bit more so I included the cigar pens and those always have a nice acceptance.

Know this is where things get more interesting, Real middle and High end pens, now this discussion has been on and off. Most people define high end as a caped pen that is a rollerball or fountain pen in a good plating, and I concur for the most part, because I feel that I need to justify the price with a good pen. Wood spices and a Rhodium or titanium plating ain't going to cut it alone, you need Craftsmanship, a good finish, good presentation and the pen most be attractive.

I also included kitless pens in my lineup as well as modified pens from kits, our library is a great source for these.

I hope this helps

In the picture is a Roman Harvest or Cambridge in Cocobolo pubens also known as Moralon, it's combined with Blue acrylic inlays I sell these for $180 - $200 in a wood box. The Glass box is something my sister does when shes board.

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I used to buy all the 'new' cool themed pens...Now 99% of what I do is Sierras, Bolt Actions and Jr Aron, Jr George and Jr Antony from Jon David Jones of Signature Pen Supply....well made and beautiful outcome...
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... The Glass box is something my sister does when shes board.
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I like the stained glass box ... :)
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Default Tastes vary widely - same as opinions.

I am learning that pen appeal is very subjective - what one person loves, anther finds lacking. Its hard to predict the market value of color and style. When I put a new style out for sale, I try to make it in several colors and materials so I can find out what sells first and go from there. Quite often my personal favorites are the last to go, so I never know.
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Yes ... I'm finding the same out here in Oklahoma .... My personal tastes aside, I'm finding the lack of desire for expensive higher value pens is just not really here ... I may have to just start selling online.

The bethlehem olivewood (with certificate of authenticity) still sells well in keychains as well as in pens. The breast cancer awareness pens sold pretty quick at first. Nothing else has really sold other than the deer hunter pens and bullet pens for hunters.

There has been a lot of admiration for the finish and design of my pens. A lot of people love the look of the walnut pens I've been doing lately for Freedom Pens, but nobody's asked to buy any of them.

I may have to go out and invest in a few more materials to work with .... I can get cherry and mahogany locally from a lumber yard... I may be able to get some pecan locally as well.
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I am learning that pen appeal is very subjective - what one person loves, anther finds lacking. Its hard to predict the market value of color and style. When I put a new style out for sale, I try to make it in several colors and materials so I can find out what sells first and go from there. Quite often my personal favorites are the last to go, so I never know.
I've started out a pen with the idea that it's going to be great but it turns out to be, in my opinion hideous, then I put it on the table and I sell before the others.

Then theirs the one that no one likes, I made one that after a year of taking it to fairs (I go to fairs at about 2 times a month) no body wanted, until a lady came and found the thing adorable, I remember my wife saying " I can't wait to see her husband"(LOL)

What I have found is that ladies prefer lite colors, while men prefer the darker ones. Lawyers like the reddish ones like mahogany. Also woman like the very colorful pens, I do simple to complex segmenting and these are bought mostly by women, they also like slim pens while men like thicker.

Obviously this is all subjective but as a guide it helps me control my inventory, so I can keep it varied and interesting for everyone.

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sideways .... i think ....


it's SIDEWAYS ...... right?!?


I thought it was a really angry porcupine that got spray-painted red, but it's a bunch of pens SIDEWAYS!!!!
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sideways .... i think ....


it's SIDEWAYS ...... right?!?


I thought it was a really angry porcupine that got spray-painted red, but it's a bunch of pens SIDEWAYS!!!!

The picture was straight but when I uploaded it it rotated for some reason, but when you click on it it appears straight
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