If you haven’t heard of the famous story about One Red Paperclip, where a man traded things starting from a red paperclip all the way until he got a house, you’ve got to read it now. It’s the exact enactment of the quote “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step”. It is incredibly inspiring and encouraging, telling us that nothing is impossible as long as you set your mind and heart to it.
So I’m going to try my own trading project, called The Great Pen Exchange.
It goes something like that: I will put up a fountain pen to be exchanged, and whatever pen that I manage to get will be put up as the next pen to be exchanged, after I have played with it a little. And so on. While I dare not aspire to get a house, I do rather hope to get to try out some nice fountain pens along the way. Of course, I’ll try to post up a review or two of the fountain pens that I manage to get.
Are you ready to join me in this project? Let’s go!
1. IT HAS TO BE A FOUNTAIN PEN. That’s the most important.
2. Each pen that is to be exchanged will be made known to everyone via a photo and a short description on this very page.
3. Email me if you have a pen that you would like to exchange with the current pen that I have. Decisions to accept or reject the pen will be made by me based on my own interests and not on a first-come-first-serve basis. My decisions shall be final and I am not obliged to give you any explanation if your pen is rejected (however, you may try again the next time!).
4. Your email should contain a photo and description of the pen that you are exchanging, so I know that it is legit!
5. No payment of the pen itself should be expected. However, any shipping costs incurred while exchanging the pens shall be paid for by the respective senders. For example, if we both decide to exchange pens, you will pay only for the shipping fee of your pen and I will pay the same only for mine.
6. Note that these pens will be treated as gifts and not borrowings. That means, if you decide to exchange your pen, it will become mine, and my exchange pen will become yours. We will then be free to do whatever we want with our new pens after exchanging.
7. That means, please do not send me any pen of sentimental value to yourself, because you most probably won’t get it back!
8. Please send me pens that are in good working condition. Some scratches and chips here and there may be fine, as long as they do not interfere with the working of the pen. Pens in the most pristine condition will be given the most priority in selection.
9. Also, please send me pens that are a “whole”: no missing parts, and please include a converter or a cartridge.
10. If the pen is to be shipped overseas, please ensure that it is cleaned of ink before sending it out. I wouldn’t want to receive a pen that is covered with leaking ink after the shipping!
Current pen for exchange:
This is my first and current pen for exchange as of January 20, 2014. It is a purple, transparent Pilot Petit1 and I’m including one of its exclusive cartridges of blue-black ink. It’s in brand new condition – unused and uninked, and about a year old. I heard that it’s not very readily available everywhere… so if you want it, EMAIL ME at firstname.lastname@example.org NOW! Use “The Great Pen Exchange” as the email subject.