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Old 04-06-2012, 08:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Pre-turned blanks

Last night I saw some glass and fiber blanks from Timberbits that were completely finished. You buy the blanks and components, put them together, and you're done. Seems to me that this is a step in the wrong direction for the hobby.

If you have thoughts on this, as a seller of pens, please star a thread in the Marketing Forum. Buy and press pens may affect our businesses as well, but I think that's a seperate conversation that belongs elsewhere.
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You don't have to buy them. He's a seller doing what seller's do.
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I can see no impact for the hobbiest - you have already been able to do something awfully close to that with some of the poly clay and other blanks available with the tubes already installed...a little turning and polishing and assemble.

It's interesting to me that there is a current thread running that mentions a trend toward kitless creations.
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You don't have to buy them. He's a seller doing what seller's do.
Can we not have a civil discussion, and not turn this into a ****ing match? In no way do I fault Timberbits for "doing what sellers do". If you can't contribute to the conversation, then just move on.
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yes there are others that are buy and assemble (football Polyclay blanks and the Damascus blanks that are available that most simply don't have the equipment to turn/etch correctly) but this is the first time I've seen a ready to assemble blank that isn't really needed. Meaning all of us have the ability to turn and polish these with regular tools.
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I can see no impact for the hobbiest - you have already been able to do something awfully close to that with some of the poly clay and other blanks available with the tubes already installed...a little turning and polishing and assemble.

It's interesting to me that there is a current thread running that mentions a trend toward kitless creations.

I see what you're saying, and thought the same when those blanks came out. They were hand made though, and you did have to do some work to finish them. With these new ones, the hardest thing to do may be to get the &^%* baggies open.

I honestly see these kits (don't think component sets fits) selling like crazy. I also see the completed blanks coming out in many more. I just don't think I would have started turning pens, if I'd seen completely finished kits available, and for so cheap. Wondering if others might feel the same.
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You don't have to buy them. He's a seller doing what seller's do.
Can we not have a civil discussion, and not turn this into a ****ing match? In no way do I fault Timberbits for "doing what sellers do". If you can't contribute to the conversation, then just move on.
I did not see his comment as a ****ing match. Yours on the other hand...

How is this bad for the "hobby"? You do a hobby because you enjoy it. I shoot black and white film in large format cameras as a hobby. I suppose I could get very upset about digital cameras and computers taking the human element and thought out of photography.
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I would not buy one but if I got an order for a lot of CF blanks they may see some of my money....

Another benefit could be someone that may not yet posses the skill set to turn one of these but someone has requested one from them. I have seen folks post on here looking for someone to make a pen from a certain material that they are not comfortable doing themselves and/or don't have time or money for trial and error.

Everything has its place to some extent.
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I guess it depends if you make pens to sell, or if you make pens for fun and sell them. If you just want to sell as many as you can, you could get a lathe duplicater with a pen pattern. But I see your point, pre-finished blanks look really boring.
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There are worst thing coming out. Rizheng have start to sell finished acrylics Sierra style pen for less than $3. They are sold out right now but if the demand is there they will come back. They have slimline style in rosewood for less than $2. Anyone that knows how the chinese work, can figure out that in 6 mounts, these pen are going to end up in dollars store. They are the same component and blanks that they sell us, so try to make a custommer understand that they are not the same. You can't because they are. You can even buy 10 finished slimline barrel for $4. Why bother buy and turn blanks for slimline. Just refinish them your way and a $20. pen is ready. And i don't think they are going to stop with these. There are change coming in, will just have to adapt.
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