Monday, September 17, 2012

Shoplet .com - Pilot Products Review

I was recently accepted as a product reviewer for - what that means is that I get to try newly introduced products and share my thoughts with my readers.  In case you are not familiar with the company, is an e-commerce office supply site.  With over 135 warehouses across the US and over 400,00 in supplies they carry a wide array of products and can quickly deliver to your home or business.

I have a small addition to pens, pencils, notebook and general office supply items so I am really excited to be part of this program!  Last week I received my first shipment - a great sampling of Pilot products for review:

Pilot B2P Recycled Ballpoint Pen
Pilot FriXion Point Erasable Gel Pen
G-2 Mini Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pen
Pilot FriXion Lite Erasable Highlighter

To be honest, I already use Pilot Pens at work and really did not notice much of a difference with these from conventional gel pens as in regards to how well it wrote.  Gel pens are great because they dry fast, write smoothly and tend to keep writing until the ink is completely gone.  Traditional ballpoint pens can sometimes stop working midstream - not sure why but gel pens seem to have more longevity. ....

The primary difference in these Pilot Pens is in the materials and the ink :
- The Pilot B2P Recycled Ballpoint Pen is made from recycled bottles (B2P = Bottle to Pen).  I am all about reducing waste, reusing and recycling!   I like the fact that this product helps reduce the number of plastic bottles in landfills by re-purposing the plastic.  These pens also have the wonderful rubber grip where you hold the pen which makes it more comfortable to write.

- Pilot FriXion Point Erasable Pen is (of course) erasable as is the Pilot FriXion Lite Erasable Highlighter.  I tried both of these pens out on two types of paper - card stock and regular copy paper.

I had some leftover card stock out from crafting projects today so grabbed that first. The card stock absorbed the ink and although I was able to remove a good part of the writing, the ink from both pens did remain.

Discouraged I reached for a piece of copy paper.  When I properly tried on regular paper, the product worked exactly as it was designed to; with just a little bit of pressure, both inks removed very quickly and with just a slight amount of erasing - easy!!!

These pens are obviously not intended for use on card stock.  The surface is extremely porous and it is designed for crafting, not day to day writing.   These pens would be perfect however for normal use -  homework, office, note taking, list making, etc.   I love the fact that there is a pen that truly erases

Pilot BeGreen Dry Erase Marker
Pilot BeGreen Dry Erase refill

My DD loves Dry Erase products so I was very happy to see these in the package.  What makes these markers special?  Once the pen dries out you can simply refill of instead of buying an entire new set of markers; You can refill these up to 4 times! The refills are very inexpensive and very small.    Less packaging, less waste!

The first thing I noticed  is that these  Pilot BeGreen Dry Erase Markers were very large compared to regular dry erase markers.   I was worried that they would be painful or difficult to write with but I was able to write with these just as easily as any other dry erase marker.

I wrote on my Dry Erase Board and wiped when finished.  Very easy to use and very easy to wipe clean!  I also love the fact that one of the standard colors is orange.  I am so used to seeing the regular blue, green, red and black at work so this is a nice change of pace!

I have not attempted refilling yet because these are brand new I do not anticipate needed to refill for quite some time.  There is also a clear warning not to open the pen until ready to refill.

I enjoyed reviewing these products and look forward to featuring more products from Shoplet in the future!  to find out more about Shoplet, visit their websiteBlog OR visit one of the social media channels below:

Disclosure:  I received products for review purposes.  I did not receive any form of monetary compensation and all opinions expressed are my own.

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