Written by Rebecca Russell
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Pens are one of the most common writing instruments of our time. They are the facilitators of great novels, stunning poetry, and simple, personal thoughts. They come in all shapes and sizes, some with bright ink, some with plain black or blue. Some pens are inexpensive, plastic and easily disposable. Some come with caps, some twist and others click. Pens can be elegant, metal and luxurious. They can be housed in customized cases, with gold plate and engraved initials, and they can be designed to be family heirlooms.

Think of all of the many pens you have used in your life. Is there a specific brand you gravitate toward every time? Do you prefer felt tip or ballpoint? Are you partial to specific ink colors? Are you familiar with gel ink? With the wide variety of choices, almost everyone can identify a favorite type of pen.

Pens can be purchased virtually anywhere. They are available in office supply stores, in grocery stores, at local convenience marts, and even at newsstands. There are also thousands of specialty stores that carry pens of all varieties. These stores, in particular, are great choices if you are looking to purchase a pen as a gift. Often, the store clerks and managers will have great ideas for various age groups. Additionally, they can point you in the direction of bargains or special offers.

The Multi-Purpose Pen

Pens are used not only for writing, but often as marketing tools. Companies across the globe use pens, customized with a business logo, as affordable and inexpensive ways to publicize their brands. Large, well-known companies will often create promotional pens that advertise new products and hand them out at company functions, as well as distribute them to the general public.

Pens are also a great way to bring some fun into your work or social life. If you are having an office party, why not leave a bowl of customized pens at the door for your employees to take as they leave? Pens engraved with favorite sayings or inside jokes are great gifts for friends and family. When the holidays come around, pens are the perfect stocking stuffer and are appreciated by children and adults alike.

Pens can also be engraved for special occasions such as graduations, birthdays, or weddings. Sending a college graduate into the “real world” with a specially engraved pen is a great way to show your support and love. In the same way, a couple that receives matching his-and-her pen sets will most likely use and cherish them for many happy years.

Purchase Pens and Save

Pens are sold singly, in packs of 10, or in boxes of hundreds. How you choose to purchase your pens will depend on how you plan to use them. If you are putting together a fund-raiser or charity event, you may find it helpful to buy pens in bulk. Particularly on the Internet, there are many companies that offer a bulk purchase option that can drastically reduce the cost of each pen.

Additionally, many companies offer certain pens or brands at a discount. It is often a good idea to look for companies that carry a “house brand” of pen. The company is likely to offer those items at lower rates, since they do not have to pay any other business to stock them. If you are shopping on a budget, these pens are a great way to save money.

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