Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Going Shopping

Stephanie

Ever since the introduction of online shopping, I’ve found it a challenge to rely on what my local retailers stock when I want to buy something. I’ve never really been one for shopping save for book stores, art stores and flea markets so when I want something and take the time to drive to a store with the intention to make a purchase only to discover that they don’t have the item I was looking for or even a comparable one, (deep breath) I get frustrated – especially if it’s a big box store.

I sometimes ponder going without until I remember that many online retailers are local mom & pop shops with or without a storefront and that makes me feel somewhat better about buying something that I can’t source locally. I know of some people who do their best to buy local or go without and while I admire that ethic, I myself would find such a life choice somewhat unreasonable.

Knowing that we have many online retailers offering our products, do you utilize them to make your Rhodia purchases or do you wait until you can buy them in person from a brick and mortar shop?

(PS- that’s Rhodia heaven AKA Art Brown International Pen Shop in NYC in the image above.)

 


14 thoughts on “Going Shopping

  1. It took me 2 seconds to identify that photo as Art Brown–that’s how well I know that particular aisle. I tend to have a fair balance between purchasing pens online and in brick and mortar shops. When it comes to paper, with the rare exception, I’ve got to go to a store. It is, somehow, a different tactile experience for me

  2. It took me 2 seconds to identify that photo as Art Brown–that’s how well I know that particular aisle. I tend to have a fair balance between purchasing pens online and in brick and mortar shops. When it comes to paper, with the rare exception, I’ve got to go to a store. It is, somehow, a different tactile experience for me

  3. As a dad on the go a lot, I’ve found that some things bought online make my life a little less stressful. Amazon has a lot of things I can get locally as well as some I don’t – if I need something (car maintenace, a replacement laptop power pack for the kids, etc) I just order and a few days later, there it is, no lines, no store to store searching – it’s great.
    But fountain pen supplies and my Rhodia Webbies I only purchase from Goulet Pens. They are on the other side of the country from me, but it’s their “mom and pop” appeal, the care and attention they give to each customer, as well as how carefully they bubble wrap my new pocket Webbies and FP ink that made me a loyal customer.
    I also like the personal notes written by the employees – I got one from the owner’s wife, Rachel in my last order, thanking me for my purchase. That appreciation for customers and their shared passion for FP writing is why I am now a life long customer – even if a descent brick and mortar should supply the same items locally.
    Also, they sell my Lamy Safari FPs with a convertor and choice of nib AND color of nib too it doesn’t get any better than that :)

  4. As a dad on the go a lot, I’ve found that some things bought online make my life a little less stressful. Amazon has a lot of things I can get locally as well as some I don’t – if I need something (car maintenace, a replacement laptop power pack for the kids, etc) I just order and a few days later, there it is, no lines, no store to store searching – it’s great.
    But fountain pen supplies and my Rhodia Webbies I only purchase from Goulet Pens. They are on the other side of the country from me, but it’s their “mom and pop” appeal, the care and attention they give to each customer, as well as how carefully they bubble wrap my new pocket Webbies and FP ink that made me a loyal customer.
    I also like the personal notes written by the employees – I got one from the owner’s wife, Rachel in my last order, thanking me for my purchase. That appreciation for customers and their shared passion for FP writing is why I am now a life long customer – even if a descent brick and mortar should supply the same items locally.
    Also, they sell my Lamy Safari FPs with a convertor and choice of nib AND color of nib too it doesn’t get any better than that :)

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