Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Inconspicuous Consumption?

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    Time
    Posts
    261
    Thanks
    265
    Thanked 383 Times in 157 Posts
    Rep Power
    5

    Question Inconspicuous Consumption?

    Do you have any idea how much you may have purchased from online retailers?

    I just got a shock as I would not have guessed nearly as much as the facts indicate. After writing a review of a notebook I'd purchased at Jet Pens, I got this notice:

    "Your review has been submitted and will be posted soon.

    "You have 166 previously ordered products that would love a review. Click here to review them!"

    Never would I imagine I could have purchased 166 different items. In my defense, most are small -- Preppy pens, scissors, washi tapes, notebooks, etc. But, still...edging up toward 200 items? That looks like addiction territory! And that's only ONE retailer!

    Anyone else have such an awakening?

  2. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Brilliant Bill For This Useful Post:

    amk (May 17th, 2019), Morgaine (September 4th, 2019)

  3. #2
    Senior Member silverlifter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Posts
    330
    Thanks
    179
    Thanked 324 Times in 153 Posts
    Rep Power
    3

    Default Re: Inconspicuous Consumption?

    There are certain situations, generally very few but clearly this is one, where ignorance really is the preferrable outcome...

  4. The Following 7 Users Say Thank You to silverlifter For This Useful Post:

    Brilliant Bill (May 16th, 2019), Chrissy (August 24th, 2019), countrydirt (May 16th, 2019), Jon Szanto (May 16th, 2019), Robert (May 16th, 2019), top pen (May 19th, 2019), VertOlive (May 18th, 2019)

  5. #3
    Senior Member Kaputnik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    By the long tidal river.
    Posts
    703
    Thanks
    1,135
    Thanked 814 Times in 381 Posts
    Rep Power
    9

    Default Re: Inconspicuous Consumption?

    Taking Jet Pens only, yes, I do know how much I've ordered from them. Mind you, some orders have been things like replacement erasers for different types of mechanical pencil, replacement leads in different grades, and different types of wood pencils. Many of those would be on a single order, but I have the opportunity to review each separately. Don't hold your breath for my exhaustive review of Rotring eraser refills.

    But I also go through my Amazon orders and think, "I really need to cut back on this". In fact, I haven't ordered any fountain pen stuff in quite a while, but I just ordered some 6H and 6B drawing pencils.
    "If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly."
    G.K. Chesterton

  6. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Kaputnik For This Useful Post:

    Brilliant Bill (May 17th, 2019), Chemyst (May 17th, 2019), VertOlive (May 18th, 2019)

  7. #4
    Senior Member Lloyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    200
    Thanks
    130
    Thanked 67 Times in 41 Posts
    Rep Power
    9

    Default Re: Inconspicuous Consumption?

    Ignorance is bliss.

    If there are any typos in this post, I blame Tapatalk!
    M: I came here for a good argument.
    A: No you didn't; no, you came here for an argument.
    M: An argument isn't just contradiction.
    A: It can be.
    M: No it can't. An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition.
    A: No it isn't.
    M: Yes it is! It's not just contradiction.
    A: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.
    M: Yes, but that's not just saying 'No it isn't.'
    A: Yes it is!
    M: No it isn't!

  8. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2019
    Posts
    32
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 34 Times in 15 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Re: Inconspicuous Consumption?

    200 items isn't shocking. Just think of the groceries you buy every week.

  9. #6
    Senior Member VertOlive's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    The Island
    Posts
    3,811
    Thanks
    3,930
    Thanked 3,605 Times in 1,575 Posts
    Rep Power
    10

    Default Re: Inconspicuous Consumption?

    Gee. I've been an Amazon customer for ten years with both a business and a personal account. Not to mention that there are few retailers here in the heart of cattle country.

    So probably hundreds of items from spurs to the Lamy Joy that just arrived Friday.
    "Nolo esse salus sine vobis ...” —St. Augustine

  10. #7
    Senior Member VertOlive's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    The Island
    Posts
    3,811
    Thanks
    3,930
    Thanked 3,605 Times in 1,575 Posts
    Rep Power
    10

    Default Re: Inconspicuous Consumption?

    Gee. I've been an Amazon customer for ten years with both a business and a personal account. Not to mention that there are few retailers here in the heart of cattle country; we have to buy most things online.

    So probably hundreds of items from spurs to the Lamy Joy that just arrived Friday.
    "Nolo esse salus sine vobis ...” —St. Augustine

  11. #8
    Senior Member azkid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Colorado, USA
    Posts
    1,859
    Thanks
    3,281
    Thanked 1,467 Times in 723 Posts
    Rep Power
    4

    Default Re: Inconspicuous Consumption?

    Amazon alone? I don't even want to know!

    Between Goulet, Anderson, Pen Chalet, JetPens, etc., I doubt I am at 100 items yet (inks, samples, converters, etc). Give me time...

  12. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Central Coast, California
    Posts
    249
    Thanks
    411
    Thanked 349 Times in 155 Posts
    Rep Power
    4

    Default Re: Inconspicuous Consumption?

    Quote Originally Posted by azkid View Post
    Between Goulet, Anderson, Pen Chalet, JetPens, etc., I doubt I am at 100 items yet (inks, samples, converters, etc). Give me time...
    Way over 200 items between them. I live for their annual ink sample sales and can easily add 25 at a time, not to mention Rhodia and Clairefontaine pads of all sizes and ink sample vials by the pack.
    "What are moon-letters?" asked the hobbit full of excitement. He loved maps, as I have told you before; and he also loved runes and letters, and cunning handwriting, though when he wrote himself it was a bit thin and spidery.

  13. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2019
    Location
    Columbus, Ohio
    Posts
    33
    Thanks
    107
    Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Re: Inconspicuous Consumption?

    I just cleaned out my briefcase, and found 11 inked pens. I don’t even remember what some of them are inked with. Worse, I was looking for a pen to make a list for the office supply store.
    Edit: 12. 12 fountain pens. I overlooked the Liliput. I need to reflect...
    Last edited by ceebert; August 24th, 2019 at 02:06 PM.

  14. #11
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2019
    Posts
    47
    Thanks
    19
    Thanked 34 Times in 16 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Re: Inconspicuous Consumption?

    ceebert, that is my nightmare scenario. I am paranoid to ink too many pens for exactly that reason. Although I think all my inks are gentle, so I doubt anything bad would actually happen. Sometimes if I'm not writing a lot, I wonder if I should just go back to pencil and ballpoint

    Ordering online, it certainly takes out a certain factor of embarrassment. You don't have to look a cashier making $15 an hour and think yes, I am buying a 300, 400, 500 dollar pen... Or yes, you have seen me here 40 times before, buying yet another pen ;p In that way online shops really enable collectors who might otherwise be too embarrassed.

    Like everyone else, I've bought lots online in the last ten years. Frankly I think it's better for the environment that one person be delivering parcels on an efficient route, than every person who would have received that parcel driving their car to a brick and mortar store. But I hate that every softcover I buy arrives damaged

  15. The Following User Says Thank You to Zou For This Useful Post:

    Waski_the_Squirrel (August 27th, 2019)

  16. #12
    Senior Member Pendragon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    102
    Thanks
    105
    Thanked 116 Times in 65 Posts
    Rep Power
    8

    Default Re: Inconspicuous Consumption?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brilliant Bill View Post
    Do you have any idea how much you may have purchased from online retailers?
    If you mean for pens only, it is somewhere between $300 and $400 over the last 15 years. So quite a lot, but that also includes inks and other pen accessories. Virtually everything I have bought penwise has been online.

    If you mean how much from online retailers for any and all items, including pens, it is a lot less than I would have spent in brick and mortar stores.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brilliant Bill View Post
    Anyone else have such an awakening?
    My "awakening" came when I first started to look into fountain pens. Someone on one of the forums mentioned having a pen "rotation", which was baffling. It was only later that it became apparent they meant switching between pens on a regular basis. It never occurred to me prior that people did that. It still seems rather odd, although having 8 pens myself I am hardly one to talk.

  17. The Following User Says Thank You to Pendragon For This Useful Post:

    azkid (August 26th, 2019)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •