Mental Models

One thing that jumps out at me when reading FP blogs and discussions is that most people have a very different perspective about how businesses operate than I do. That’s probably not surprising, but it’s been on my mind lately, and today’s (long overdue) post explores a typical mental model, its limitations, and how that model might be improved. 

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Why aren't vintage pens more popular?

Looking around our community, it’s striking how much of the discussion is centred around modern pens. It’s almost as if the vintage end of the market is an entirely separate hobby, something which overlaps our interests but isn’t worth exploring for most people. This is despite the fact that there are some pretty phenomenal vintage pens available at much lower prices than their modern equivalents. In today’s post, I’ll have a look at why this is and how it could change.

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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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Capping Your Collection

There has been some discussion in the community recently by a few bloggers who have been reflecting on the time and expense of buying new pens, and deciding to try and spend more time enjoying what they have instead of accumulating more. It’s an interesting topic, one which most FP users experience at some point, and so it’s something well worth exploring in today’s post. 

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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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