Giveaway Reminder & Happy Thanksgiving

Current giveaway entriesThere’s less than a week left to get your giveaway entry in. It’s probably too late (but maybe not) for those outside the US to get their entry in by Monday, but there’s still time for those in the US. I’ve received 27 entries so far, seven of them from outside the US.

I’ve been bad and have yet to rad any of the entries but plan to do so in the next few days. I also got some postcards and plan to send a reply back to you all. Postcards are small, but it’s more than I usually do and hopefully it’ll be a stepping stone to full blown letters.

To those of you in the US (or anywhere else that celebrates it) – Happy Thanksgiving!

Fountain Pen Day Giveaway

Sheaffer 300 posted on cloth

[Updated Nov 13th – see item #7 if you don’t have a fountain pen]

Fountain Pen Day is here, at least for those of you in Tongo where each calendar day first arrives. Sounds like a good time for a giveaway. I admit, if I had done this right I’d be picking the winner on Fountain Pen Day, but instead we’ll start on Fountain Pen Day. The giveaway will be open until the end of this month and it will be old school. You’ll have to use one (or more) of your fountain pens.

The winner will receive a Sheaffer 300. I reviewed the pen here and this particular pen was provided for review by Goulet Pens. It’s a terrific pen, but I want to slim down my accumulation and this one can’t compete for my attention with 23 other Sheaffers. I need to part with this pen to prove to myself that I can sell pens that I do really like individually but the reality is I don’t use them. I wrote about this recently. In this case, since this pen was free for review, selling it isn’t an option. So a giveaway will prove the point to me.

To enter:
1. Send a letter or postcard to me. The only requirement is that you must use a fountain pen It must be handwritten or drawn. “Letter” is very generic in this case. The letter can be anything, drawings, poems, a postcard, a standard letter, or a few words on an index card in the envelope, etc… As long as a fountain pen is used and the USPS can deliver it to my PO Box.
2. Send your entries to

Ray Newbery
PO Box 176
East Berlin, CT 06023
USA

3. The giveaway is open internationally, as long as the pen can be shipped there via USPS.
4. The entry must arrive on or before November 30, 2015
5. One entry per person please.
6. Please be sure to include a legible copy of your address in the entry as I will ship the pen to this address. Optionally, include an email address so I can contact you before shipping the pen.
7. [Updated Nov 13th] – I was asked how to enter if you don’t have a fountain pen. So – if you don’t have a fountain pen you can enter by writing a brief note on why you want a fountain pen.

Your address will not be shared or published. I may use your first name and country when announcing the winner or sharing your entry. I may publish or show some entries (although not showing addresses). If you have a public website, Instagram or Twitter account and mention it in the entry I may publish that info, so feel free to promote yourself in your entry. I do intend to share any entries I especially like. If you don’t want any of this info public just mention it and I will respect your request.

I will number each entry and then pick the winning number with random.org. What is written and the order received have no affect on your chance of winning. I will post the winner as soon as possible but since each entry must be sorted and numbered I may be delayed a few days, potentially the following weekend.

Optional, but appreciated:

It would be cool if you made a note of the ink and pen you used for the entry. I really wanted to require this but decided not to.

Including an email address will let me notify you if you win and clarify any shipping info (would really be appreciated for none-U.S. addresses so I can be sure they are exactly right). It would also allow me to send you any tracking info. I won’t share the email address or use it for any reason other than this contest.

The fine print

None of this is needed for your entry, but this giveaway has the potential to be complicated and sometimes Internet lawyers come out of the woodwork. So based on past questions and possible future questions…

If your entry doesn’t include enough information for me to send you the pen or contact you (or if the info isn’t legible) I will pick another winner or, at my option, post a copy of the entry and give the winner time to contact me to provide the information.

I intend to pick up the mail from the PO Box on Dec 1st. Should I not get there until a later day, any entries in the box will be valid as long as they are postmarked Nov 30th or earlier. Since I have no way to know when the letter arrived this is the only way that makes sense, but don’t count on me being late, get your entries in the mail.

Should an entry be found to be invalid after a number is assigned the numbers will not be reassigned. If the invalid entry happens to be drawn it will be voided and another number will be chosen.

I can’t/won’t replace any pens lost or delayed in transit. Generally there is tracking while the package is in the USPS system but not any tracking once it leaves the country. Since this is a used pen with no transaction associated with it any insurance payment from USPS would be a pipe dream and shipping will be the lowest cost method available from USPS.

International shipments (I’m in the US) will be declared as gifts although a value (which will be minimal and not the value when the pen was new) must still be listed. If your customs authority disagrees with the declaration you’ll be responsible for any taxes or duties.

It is one entry per person, two fountain pen lovers at the same address may submit separate entries. Each entry must be unique with each person doing their own entry and then sent separately with separate postage. This is easy to abuse but I’d ask you to respect the spirit of one entry per user. If abuse seems blatantly obvious to me I will reject entries. If I’m wrong and you do in fact have a household of 15 fountain pen lovers (as an example) I apologize but there’s no recourse or reconsideration once the winner is picked. My contest, my pen, my rules. My decision which is final.

So get out those fountain pens.

Mid-year Giveaway Winner

Updated: The winner has claimed the prize and the Taccia Staccato is in the mail!

There were 92 entries in the giveaway and the winning entry was lucky 13.

Winning number

The winning comment was by pharaonis. You’ve got 7 days to reply to my email or contact me though this form to confirm your pen selection and give me your shipping address.

Winning comment

Mid-year Fountain Pen Giveaway

I’m really working to thin out the accumulation. I started with selling 10 fountain pens and now it’s time to give away a fountain pen. The winner will be picked at the half-way point of the year and chose one of three available fountain pens.

The Rules:
1. Leave a comment on this post and to prove you read it, indicate the pen you want. If you win you’ll be able to change your pick, put your comment must include one of the three pens offered as a selection. I’m not looking for exact names so duplicating what I wrote as the name isn’t required and having a typo won’t disqualify you. Picking a Visioneer would disqualify you since there’s no universe where that’s a typo or a good choice.
2. One entry per person.
3. This is open internationally as long as USPS will ship there. Prizes will be declared as a gift but I am required to indicate a value. While this value will be relatively small you will be responsible for any customs fees or taxes.
4. I can’t (won’t) replace any prizes that may be lost or delayed in transit. I use the lowest cost method with no insurance and often no tracking outside the US. After many years of problem free shipping my recent history has some international deliveries taking over 30 days while touring the customs house in multiple countries only to be sent back. This applies to U.S winners too, but it’s mainly been an issue internationally.
5. Please leave your email address in the appropriate comment field. It will not be made public and I won’t add it to any mailing list or share it with others. This will allow me to contact you directly if you win. I will also post the winning comment here on the fountain pen quest but the email will prevent someone from impersonating you to claim the prize.
6. You have until noon eastern U.S. time on July 1st, 2015 to post your entry. This is mid-year in my part of the world.
7. Comments will be numbered in the order received and a winning number will be picked at random.org.
8. The winner has 7 days to contact me after I post the winner. If the prize hasn’t been claimed by then I’ll pick another winner.

The Pens:

Pens for the giveaway - capped Pens for the giveaway - uncappedThese pens are the ones I can’t (or shouldn’t) sell because I didn’t pay for them. None of them include boxes or paperwork but they all include the appropriate converter.

Sheaffer 300 Metallic Gray This pen was provided by Goulet Pens for review purposes. You can read the review here. Of the three pens this is the hardest for me to part with. As I said in the review, I love this pen. Yet, among all my Sheaffers this gets lost so it needs a better home with someone who will use it. My one caveat is that if you must post your pens you may find this top heavy. The pen has a fine nib.

Taccia Staccato Black I won this pen in the Pen Addict’s 100th episode giveaway. I reviewed it here. The pen is nice but the broad nib and gold trim aren’t for me. I find it comfortable and considered having the nib ground more to my liking. But the gold trim is also a turn off for me.

Monteverde Impressa Pearl Silver This pen was provided by Pen Chalet for review purposes. You can read the review here. Others have liked this pen but reviews have been mixed. This one had issues so if you pick this one expect to fiddle with it. This has a fine nib, but it’s very wet.

So pick your pen: Sheaffer 300, Monteverde Imressa, or the Taccia Staccato. Leave your choice in a comment by noon eastern US time on July 1, 2015. The winner will be posted as soon as I can after that.

Winner of the Bad Pen Giveaway

I was a bit delayed and didn’t get a chance to draw the winner until today but it’s done and Chris Edwards is the winner of the bad pen.
Winning Number
Winning comment
Chris, please respond to my email or contact me using the contact form within 7 days so I can ship everything out to you.
There were 47 entries plus two bonus entries for previous commenters. (For those of you keeping track, the post shows 48 comments because I replied to one.) Chris had commented previously but it was the number of his original post that was drawn, not the bonus.
I was surprised at the popularity and didn’t expect so many entries. If you’re looking for “Da Book” Richard Binder is still selling them from him website for $20 which is slightly less than I’ve seen it for on eBay.
And to answer a question that was asked – the pen was born bad (I think). It was one of two I bought as new but from a clearance bin. I worked on the other one, not very successfully although it was an improvement. I decided not to try this one. Despite the gold nib, which I usually wouldn’t pick to practice on, these pens were cheap enough be practice fodder.
Good luck Chris!