Lamy Followup

Quite a bit of feedback on last week’s post and I must apologise to those who have gotten in touch but haven’t received a response (yet). We’re in the middle of final exams and students are claiming most of my free time but I’ll try to get back to everyone. Today’s short post will follow up on a few pieces of feedback which I thought were interesting.

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The Pilot Pricing Puzzle

By now, you almost certainly would have heard about Ian Hedley’s post calling out Pilot for charging higher prices and offering fewer products in the UK than other markets. And hopefully you would have also seen Pilot’s response to Ian, as well as Ian’s reaction. Today, I thought we’d work through the puzzle and see what it tells us about the FP marketplace. 

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Transaction costs

We’ve had a lot of economics lately and I had hoped to do a history post for today, but that one hasn’t panned out (yet). Instead, today I thought we could talk about transaction costs: the barriers in the market that get in the way of trade. I think these are a powerful force in our marketplace: the key driver of the revival in FPs, the reason we have an online community, and even the success of Goulet Pens. It is a topic that is well worth exploring.

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Blog Monetisation

One of the most common questions I receive is bloggers asking about how they can make some money out of their blog. It’s a question that every FP reviewer has probably considered at some time or other, whether they have thought about getting some product samples to review or a full-on sponsorship. So today, I thought we could explore blog monetisation. 

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