One Year of Fountain Pens Australia!

Lately, I’ve been hearing from readers who have been concerned about whether I’ve burned out or lost interest in writing this blog. I’m as interested as I ever was, but more and more of my time is now spent over at Fountain Pens Australia. FPA has evolved into one of the most interesting and active communities in the pen world and certainly one of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever participated in. This weekend is the first anniversary of FPA’s launch and for today’s post, we’ll have a look at the past, present, and future of what might be the greatest FP community in the world. Being the anniversary celebration, there’s also a very special announcement at the end of the post!

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The Australian Retail Market

Every now and then, I receive an email from an Australian reader asking for advice about which foreign retailers I’d recommend, or why the local retailers are so poor. It’s not something that I often write about, as I don’t believe many retailers offer good value and it makes sense for buyers to look offshore. This has led me to wonder whether the local market was heading towards collapse. But lately, I’ve started to see some green shoots that make me hopeful for the future, and so today, I’d like to discuss the two sides of the Australian market.

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