Any thoughts on PenKitsMall kits?

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When I make pens for fundraisers I like to use the highest quality that I can afford (usually Dayacom). But most of my pens are given away as gifts, so I like to try to keep costs low. I really like the Zen, but prices have gotten kind of crazy. Has anybody used the magnetic from PenKitsMall (https://www.etsy.com/listing/684892...-fountain-pen?ref=shop_home_active_19&crt=1)? How does it compare to the Zen? Also, any thoughts on the other kits from PenKitsMall?
 
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I can't speak to the quality of their kits but trying to order from them is like pulling teeth. Seems like they want you to place an order at least every other week or they turn off your account. That's what they did to me. I can't speak to other vendors discount programs but PSI offers a turners club discount of 10% that can be used on sale items too. Another way to save some cash.
 

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those are insane prices...don't understand it.
The "$0.88+" price is for the bushings, so they tend to look a lot lower on the main page spread. But at $5.37 for a magnetic rollerball, if it is in the ballpark of the Zen then its probably worth it.
 

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Well..I am the only CPA that is bad with numbers. Thx.
lol, dont feel bad, I was a "mathlete" in high school and it took me a while to figure that out. Its really pretty deceptive how they have it set up, but looks like a pretty common practice for sellers on Alibaba and Ali Express. Also, I just dug a little deeper on the total cost and shipping is pretty significant. I was thinking that the shipping on the Etsy store would me comparable to other US sellers, but it is actually more than the Ali Express site. Still might be worth it...
 
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I just placed a PSI order for some of their sale items except on their website, vs. their catalog, the prices didn't match. Gave them a call and they gave me a a $10.00 discount code for my order. The difference for what I was seeing in the catalog was only $3.00 so I think I scored an additional $7.00 savings. And everything I bought was already on sale. I'm sticking to what works and right now PSI does it for me. My cost for some nice pen kits was just over $77.00, with shipping and if I were to sell these 19 pens for $20.00 (which they would sell for easily), well you do the math. Just my opinion, but I'm done trying to save a few buck going directly to a Chinese company. I've never had a good experience and, for the most part, they're not customer focused.

And Tony, I think your math is just fine. If you ever decide to move out my way let me know, you'd have a new, and maybe first, account. I love our current accountant but she isn't a pen turner 🤣.
 

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I just placed a PSI order for some of their sale items except on their website, vs. their catalog, the prices didn't match. Gave them a call and they gave me a a $10.00 discount code for my order. The difference for what I was seeing in the catalog was only $3.00 so I think I scored an additional $7.00 savings. And everything I bought was already on sale. I'm sticking to what works and right now PSI does it for me. My cost for some nice pen kits was just over $77.00, with shipping and if I were to sell these 19 pens for $20.00 (which they would sell for easily), well you do the math. Just my opinion, but I'm done trying to save a few buck going directly to a Chinese company. I've never had a good experience and, for the most part, they're not customer focused.

And Tony, I think your math is just fine. If you ever decide to move out my way let me know, you'd have a new, and maybe first, account. I love our current accountant but she isn't a pen turner 🤣.
Thanks!
 

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@wolf creek knives I totally see your point. Part of it is that I like to try new things. I'll probably try a few of the kits at some point, but if others had good/bad reviews of specific kits I might adjust my order quantity accordingly. I only sell a few pens here and there, mostly give them as gifts or for fundraisers. For the few that I sell and for fundraisers I stick with the higher quality, but the profit margins on giving away pens aren't great no matter how you slice it. On top of the kit costs, I usually include a stand, upgraded refill, and maybe a box, add on shipping and it gets kind of expensive to maintain the hobby. So I try to look for ways to shave a few bucks here and there without compromising too much on quality. Really the main reason I'm looking is the recent price increases on a few of the kits that I like - trying to avoid putting my hobby in Chapter 11 🤪
 

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I have placed 3 orders from them with no issues. There are resellers for Rizheng which makes pen kits. I started buying from them when I saw I can get my pen kits for half the price. The names are just a little different than PSI or Rockler.
 
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