Gel ink refill rant

2023-03-02 00:00

I usually go through this 30 minute research loop every six months or so. Where I first wonder why I never buy refills for any of my gel ink pens, and then realizing how weird the whole situation is.

Here are some price example from JetPens on the Signo DX 0.38mm

  • Single pen: $2.85
  • Single refill: $1.65
  • 10 pack of pens: $17.50, $1.75 per pen
  • 10 pack of refills: can’t find any

If it actually was cheaper by a meaningful margin to buy refills vs the whole pen I’d obviously do it. But when that entire margin can also be saved by buying 10 pens at a time I don’t really see the point.

There are a lot of environmental reasons for why I’d like for this to not be the case.

Why can’t we have 10 packs of refills with similar savings that we see in single pens vs 10 packs of pens?

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