Lidl & WHSmith

Possibly of interest if you are living in the UK:

Lidl is currently selling a desktop pencil sharpener for £3.49 (~ $5.50; €4.30). I don’t know whether this sharpener has rubber grips or not.

WHSmith reduced the price for some of their edding products even further and many WHSmith stores sell edding’s push-button marker for 49p (~ 77¢; 59c)


Prices and exchange rates: February 2012

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The Pen Shop

If you live in the UK you might like this: I noticed that The Pen Shop in Manchester (Trafford Centre) offers a 30% discount on Pelikan pens. The discounts are even better for Graf von Faber-Castell pens: they are 1/3 off. There is a good chance that other stores of this chain offer similar discounts. The Pen Shop is not cheap in the first place – which means that many of their Pelikan pens are not really cheaper than in some online shops. Some of their Graf von Faber-Castell pens are however real bargains I haven’t seen that “well priced” before (I don’t want to call them cheap). Unfortunately they didn’t have the GvFC mechanical pencil I am interested in.

These discounts seem to be across the range, i.e. including mechanical pencils, fountain pens, etc. Some of the (not so exciting) Pelikan discounts are available online, too, but the GvFC discount are unfortunately not available online.

The information I was given by the employee implied that the discounts would last until they sold these pens/brands off, but I don’t believe this as I was told something similar in the same shop in December 2009, but back then the discount were only for a short period of time.

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One-off production Pelikan key rings

This might be of interest for readers who like Pelikan:
Niche Pens just sent an email to their customers, telling them about one-off production Pelikan key rings. They will be giving them away to customers who buy pens from the Souverän or Ductus range. Unfortunately I was not able to find a photo of the key rings on their web site.

Last December employees from The Pen Shop in the Trafford Centre (Manchester, UK) told me that they will have offers on Pelikan pens After Christmas / New Year. I have not seen Pelikan pens there since. Instead they seem to focus on cheaper brands (Their choice of Pelikan pens in this particular outlet was never very big anyway). The Pen Shop is however still selling Pelikan pens on their web site, other outlets might do as well.

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