I bought this on sale at the local CVS. For the price, it seemed like a good
risk; can't lose either way. I liked the looks of the pen and I have a Zebra
ballpoint that's at least twenty years old that's always held up well. This
pen, however, is junk. It's worth the $, I guess, so long as you treat it like
a disposeable. The last thing the world needs is yet another size of refill
cartridge, and this pen has it's own unique refill cartridge size. Thus, you
can't refill it from the giant bag of refills you bought on ebay. You have to
use the Zebra, and they're not cheap. In fact, it seems like if you buy the
refills, they give you the pen. Also, the refills weren't available at the CVS,
only the pen, which is a drag.
Some people complain that the ink flow is not good. I didn't experience that,
but then, I didn't use it that much. I didn't really like the way it felt in
the hand. My cap posted just fine; nice and tight, despite other's experiences.
I think the reason I didn't like it was because it was so light. I normally
write with a Pelikan Pelikano, which isn't a heavy pen, either, but the Zebra
felt lighter. Also, the nib didn't have enough bite--it just kind of slid
along. Also, since you can't put a converter in it, you're limited to the
Zebra cartridges, and the black ink that is in them is not a nice dark jet
black; it's kind of weak.
What do you want for $2.99? Well, if it took regular cartridges, I might have
kept it. But since the cartridge is unique and probably patented or proprietary
in some way, you're stuck in the same annoying way that you are with computer
printers. The hardware is cheap and nearly free, but the ink is expensive and a
pain to get. Perhaps this is Zebra experimenting with "software." The only
problem is, it would have to take off in order to work, and it won't. Too bad.
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