Luxury pen maker Montblanc has suspended sales of its £16k* Mahatma Gandhi fountain pen pending an Indian court decision as to whether it's legit to punt the extravagantly-priced writing device. The release of the limited-edition pen last year prompted a chorus of protests in India, despite Montblanc's assertion that it was " …
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Does the foundation get anything for the use of Gandhi's image in Apple's "Think Different" ads?
A 16 grand pen?!?
"His charitable foundation also gets between £130 and £650 per unit shifted."
That makes it all right then!
I read this as
"His charitable foundation also gets between £130 and £650 per sucker shafted"
"He'd have thrown it away"
I understand he had no concern over the purported monetary value, but its not very green is it? He could at least give it to an appreciative small child to use at school.
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"£16k says the Beeb, £14,400 according to reports last year."
I think -- and I may be wrong here -- that the rupee is stronger than last year...?
reason for the extra £1600
And the pen looks like...
Why it's anything over £100, I have no idea.
If Jesus would have wept ...
what would Gandhi have done?
This is so wrong, words fail me.
It's not like they are associating his name with a poor quality product.
Idealism is so cute
It is doubtful that M.H. Gandhi would have thrown it away as he knew the value of a pound.
He may have disposed of it because of the "Britishness" of it or so that it could be sold.
Perhaps if the pen were developed by a firm native to India this would not have even made the news?
... the article makes it pretty clear that the pen *is* endorsed by the more famous Gandhi's *grandson*. As said grandson is named "Tushar Arun Gandhi", he has as much right to endorse Montblanc's pricey pens as anyone else who shares his surname.
And yes, Montblanc's pens are expensive. They're aimed at *collectors*. They're made using ridiculously expensive components and are designed for the kind of people who consider very, very neat handwriting one of the highest forms of art.
No, I don't get it either, but most people wouldn't "get" vast tracts of the IT sector either. Deal with it.
Anyone spending over £50 on a pen
Should be dragged to somewhere like Haiti and be forced to bury the bodies.
and I guess
the same should go for people who spend a small fortune on computers when there are £300 netbooks available?
This reminds me of the 'Che the Revolutionary' shirts that are so popular in here in the US, funny how Che fought AGAINST capitalism and yet his face makes Millions of dollars a year.... Or how 'Castro Hats' have become popular....