The hype on Black Friday can be overwhelming, especially for an analog thinker that isn't as savvy shopping online as most folks in today's age. After checking our e-mail Friday morning, we've put together a 5-star list of promos and tips on shopping Black Friday / Cyber Monday for pen people.
This list is limited to online deals, as stationery shops mostly exist online and are, by far, more easily accessible by the masses.
Before we get started, a couple of quick tips:
Buying the cheapest is usually not the best option. Be wary of deals that are "too good to be true" on sites like eBay and Amazon. Lamy Safari's, Mont Blanc and other brands are often subject to counterfeiting. For that reason, we recommend shopping small with authorized US retailers.
Also, most Japanese pen brands could be purchased for less directly from Japan, but they are considered "gray market" imports. Warranties from Sailor, Pilot, and Platinum would not apply in the USA for products purchased overseas. They simply won't service your pen, even if it is still within the warranty timeframe.
So, here we are. Check out the list below and have fun splurging responsibly. We've sorted this list alphabetically, as to show no favoritism or priority of one store over the other.
Bittner Pens - 25% off "Regular Priced" Pens (code : BIT25). 10% off already discounted merchandise (code : EXTRA). Shop Here.
BulletJournal - Get 20% off the BulletJournal shop when you enter code "blackfriday" during checkout. Shop Here.
Colorado Pens - Up to 20% "Rebate" on orders placed on Black Friday Weekend. (Editorial: I'm not sure how the rebate would work. Not much is explained in the e-mail. I tend to be leery of that word as there sometimes can be hoops and paperwork to fill out, along with a lengthy wait to receive the rebate money back) Shop Here.
Fahrney's Pens - 25% off Faber-Castell Pens, Free Shipping Over $50, $25 off order $200 or more. Shop Here.
Fountain Pen Hospital - 25% off Faber-Castell. Free shipping on orders $75 or more. Shop Here.
iPenStore - 10% off everything, plus surprise gifts with every order. Shop Here.
Jet Pens - Extra 10% off select, best-selling pens and accessories. Shop Here.
Levenger - 30% off, no minimum purchase plus free shipping on orders $50 or more. (Code : THANKS17) Shop Here.
Goldspot Pens - Free gifts with purchase, ranging from a black single pen sleeve with an order of $35 or more to a bottle of the elusive Lamy Petrol ink for orders $125 or more. Shop Here.
Goulet Pens - Extra discounts on Faber-Castell, Conklin (Nighthawk), and Visconti, a free converter with select Lamy Safari pens, Jinhao BOGO, and a free bottle of Monteverde ink with Conklin, Monteverde or Stipula pens. Shop Here.
Pen Boutique - 25% off the entire store. There are some exceptions, as noted in the fine text. Shop Here.
Pen Chalet - 15% off all items, including already discounted items. Promo code BLACK15. Free shipping on orders of $50 or more. You can also enter to win one of several pen bundles they are giving away. Shop Here.
Vanness Pens - Free bottle of Callifolio Ink with your purchase of $100 or more. Shop Here.
Stay tuned for Cyber Monday, November 28th. Most online companies will also have a one-day special on Cyber Monday that will be different than the ones that are being run during the weekend. Some companies are deciding to lump Black Friday & Cyber Monday together.
If you spot an awesome deal from a fine writing pen retailer, please feel free to comment below or contact us. The more information for the pen shopper, the better!
DISCLAIMER : InkJournal is not being compensated by any of the companies for being mentioned in this post. Post does not contain affiliate links. Please see each company's website for conditions and promotion details.