Purchasing From Overseas: A Primer

Flags of several nations graphicOne consequence of Pelikan’s recent price increases in the United States is that many will find it much more difficult to acquire that new Pelikan pen that they have been lusting after.  It’s a first world problem to be sure but people are passionate about their Pelikans.  Global pricing has yet to see an increase and so it would seem, at least for now, that the new rates are only intended for the United States.  What this mean for those of us in the U.S.A. is that Pelikan pens from overseas vendors can be a very attractive proposition.  Since about 2011, the prices between domestic and foreign vendors have become increasingly divergent.  Many people have reservations about purchasing from abroad and that is certainly understandable.  With a little education and a bit of research, many of those concerns can be minimized and a significant cost savings realized.  I am not trying to dissuade anyone from purchasing locally and I wholeheartedly support our domestic vendors whenever possible.  That said, as the prices of new pens and inks climbs ever higher, many of us have to find alternate, more affordable outlets wherever possible or forgo the purchase all together.  In this primer, I hope to bring awareness to some of the key points that you need to know and look out for when shopping overseas.

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