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Kmart No Name Pen/Highlighters

01/26/2010

Kmart No Name Pen/Highlighter

Several commenters and a couple of emails have mentioned these pens so I decided to officially review them. I thought I had, but apparently not. These pens – forever to be called Kmart No Name Pen/Highlighter were purchased during the ’09 school supply season. They sold for $2/set of 5. I want to say they were called “Star Select” or something along those lines. They are ballpoint, probably 1.0mm with a highlighter on the other end. The highlighter color corresponds to the grip color at the ballpoint end of the pen. I was pretty fortunate to discover them during the last hurrah of the season and actually only paid $0.50/set. Of course that meant I purchased more of them than I probably needed. I am dazzled by their barrel design – sleek and surprisingly fancy looking. I got several inquiries from interested parties whenever I would use these pens. They are also my lost leader pens. Meaning, I have released many of them – namely the purple and orange – into the world to make lives for themselves beyond the set.

Since they are ballpoint there is no reason to believe their writing performance breaks any new ground. They are perfectly serviceable, though not spectacular. The highlighter is also decent – albeit not remarkable. Nothing worth noting about either.That said, they are hackable! I have hacked a few of them with mini gel pen ink. That’s the rub – you have to use mini gel replacements and even then you still might need to do some more snipping. The hacks, however, have held up and thus allowing me to give away even more of these pens. I’m pretty sure I don’t need ten of each pen.

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  3. 01/26/2010 2:02 am

    @Ellie – awesome. Thanks for your imput. If you don’t mind I am going to go ahead and retire your IP address so I won’t be bogarding all your useful knowledge.

  4. 01/26/2010 2:03 am

    Snarky, I think it would be helpful if you shared your retail strategy that results in your bagging such incredible deals.

  5. Juice permalink
    01/26/2010 10:15 am

    These pens look interesting. Too bad you can’t seem to get them anymore. Maybe the ’10 school supply season will mark their triumphant return.

  6. Pollo con queso permalink
    01/26/2010 10:15 am

    So you know you’re going to have to send me one, right?

  7. Pollo con queso permalink
    01/26/2010 10:16 am

    I can take the purple and the orange off your hands. No problem!

  8. Tash permalink
    01/26/2010 12:25 pm

    Girl, I am loving these pr0nny pen pics of yours. And LOL @ “Attention Kmart Shoppers”.

  9. Mike permalink
    01/26/2010 12:26 pm

    Do you have any pics of their writing performance post-hack? Which mini gel pen refill did you use?

  10. Craftygrrrl permalink
    01/26/2010 12:28 pm

    hey those look kind of cool. sucks they don’t have them anymore. though i don’t recall seeing them at my kmart last august when i took my kids school supply shoppign.

  11. Jean permalink
    01/26/2010 12:30 pm

    Found your blog through pen addict where i usually lurk. nice reviews.

  12. Diandra permalink
    01/26/2010 12:32 pm

    I was hoping you’d review these. Damn, you can’t get them. What a tease, does this pen write!

  13. sandcastles and cupcakes permalink
    01/26/2010 12:39 pm

    wow. psyche me up for really pretty pens and then tell me they don’t sell them anymore. no fair!

  14. cipcipcia permalink
    01/26/2010 12:48 pm

    Hi there, I’m a single working mother and am looking to return to college this fall and get a nursing diploma. I’ve been looking over obtaining a pell grant plus some other financial aid opportunities. Somebody have any kind of recomendations for various simple scholarships and grants which i might find?

  15. 01/26/2010 1:33 pm

    cipcipciapciapcia, I think the only relevant advice you’re likely to find here is the best pen to use in filling out the forms.

  16. 01/26/2010 1:35 pm

    redlami – hahaha.

  17. 01/28/2010 7:19 am

    The rest of y’all – yeah, I hesitated doing a review of these since they’re practically impossible to find. Hopefully they’ll make a grand return next school year! Thanks for the comments and kudos on this entry.

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