Amazon's awe-inspiring reader reviews of Bic's most basic ballpoint pen

"Since taking delivery of my pen I have been very happy with the quality of ink deposition on the various types of paper that I have used. ... My pen is the transparent type with a blue lid. I selected this one in preference to the orange type because I like to be able to see how much ink I have left so that I can put in another order before I finally run out. When the initial excitement of taking delivery of my new pen started to wear off I realised that I shouldn't just write for the fun of it, this should be a serious enterprise, so by the second day of ownership I started to take a little more care of what I wrote. I used it to sign three letters, and in each case was perfectly happy with the neatness of handwriting that I was able to achieve. – Matthew "Matt Williams" Williams
Williams' verdict? Incisive: "Very good if you need to write on paper." Available used and new from 10p! Reader reviews for Bic Crystal Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point, Black [ via Qt3] Product Page for Bic Crystal Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point, Black []

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15 Responses to Amazon's awe-inspiring reader reviews of Bic's most basic ballpoint pen

  1. Not a Doktor says:

    Sir I am interested in you ideas and would like to subscribe to your news letter

  2. Anonymous says:

    You should also read the review of paper clips he did entitled “The current non arrival of my letter should in no way influence your opinion of the effectiveness of this product”

  3. Bugs says:

    I’m sure we’ve had this on boingboing before? It’s probably still good to repeat it though, as everyone should take a look.

    All of the cheapest bic biros are like this, and a few simple pencils too. It’s one of the funniest places on the internet.

  4. Elvis Pelt says:

    Woulda had a notion in the ’80s; today, no freaking way.

  5. Gilbert Wham says:

    @11: Birds.

  6. randalll says:

    You could pick 40 Kryptonite bike locks simultaneously.

  7. mrfb says:

    Personally, I’m much more fond of the review written by the handsome and thoughtful man from Chicago, being the third review down.

    But I guess I have something of a bias.

  8. Not a Doktor says:

    You can make ghetto inkwell ink by cutting the inky parts (multiple times for better effect) of the tubes into a mason jar with about 2oz of rubbing alcohol. One packet (of 20 I think) will make a faded purple, two will darken to black. Filter through some pantyhose.

    I still have a bunch of the tubes left that I don’t know what to do with; any ideas?

  9. Marcel says:

    What? No 10 minute unboxing video? Disappointed!!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    My goodness. I don’t usually comment on this type of thing, but I feel compelled to mention that this posting has really brought me out of a dark place. It’s this sort of creativity and sense of wonder that BoingBoing continues to deliver to us lucky readers.

    I want to sincerely thank you all for this and all you do. I’m not sure if you have a donate link, but I’m going to look for it and give to you if you do.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I’m glad to see the overwrought product review making a comeback, I miss the days of Amazon Family Circus love.

    The iTunes App Store actually has some funny ones, if you can get past the typical cloud of ‘This costs too much! One Star!’ reviews.

  12. Halloween Jack says:

    Mostly useful in grade school for improvised spitball launchers. Now, they strike me as painfully unergonomic.

  13. Anonymous says:

    @2: Can you give us a source of ghetto fountain pens too?

  14. OM says:

    “I still have a bunch of the tubes left that I don’t know what to do with; any ideas?”

    [Cue MAKE enthusiasts]

  15. TJ S says:

    I still have a bunch of the tubes left that I don’t know what to do with; any ideas?

    Create the InterWeb 3.0?

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