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Re: Good points, Ron, however....
Except that in this case, Conway Stewart slipped completely devoid of any connection to the other economic issues. They simply stopped investing in their own products, proceeding to produce pens of a far lesser quality than should have been sold. They have no one to blame but themselves, and the cheezy pens that have been attempted in recent years (I'm looking at you, lame Esterbrook (earlier) pens) have had it thrown back in their face by increasingly well-made pens from various places around the world.
Look, even 5 years ago I wouldn't have made these statements, as most of the cheap Asian pens were nothing more than that: cheap. The last couple years have shown impressive strides in quality and it isn't just for our markets but for burdgeoning markets within their own country. There was a time, when I was a very young man, that "Made In Japan" indicated crappy electronics and throw-away souvenirs. In the decades that followed, that all got turned on it's head.
One must always be aware of the changes in our world.
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