On line verses brick and mortar shops

I have been on the lookout for a new fountain pen.  My current pen is a little too valuable for everyday use in the office so I wanted something else.

It was announced on the news this week that Ruddock’s of Lincoln is to close.  A small family stationary business its been finding it difficult to cope recently with the cheaper on line stores.  I bought my last fountain pen from them so as I needed another one I wanted to give the small family company some final business.

I bought myself a basic steel nib Waterman which will be fine for use everyday.

Its sad to see so many small shops closing, but they have taxes to pay as well as rates and its difficult to compete against a large warehouse especially when the company puts its profits through other countries to make a technical lose and not pay any profit in the country they are based.

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