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Kroger Consumer guide: Pens

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BIC Cristal Up

Price:$1.99 for 6; approx. $0.33 each

Claims:

  • Iconic ball pen with a modern twist
  • Smooth and vivid writing
  • Fun two-toned color caps

Pros:

  • Smooth, thick ink
  • Cheap
  • Good colors
  • Quick drying

Cons:

  • No click
  • Spotty ink
  • Feels cheap
  • No grip
  • No clip
  • Too pencil-like
  • Looks tacky

Recommended for people who are on a budget. These pens are a cheaper alternative to a more expensive ballpoint pens, but lack the quality of other pens. This pen is best suited for people who prefer a smooth and thick ink on a ballpoint pen and apply firm pressure when writing.

Overall rating: 2/5

 

 

Papermate InkJoy

Price: $2.29 for 8; approx. $0.29 each

Claims:

  • Retractable design protects and conceals tip
  • Comfortable rubber grip
  • Practical and economical writing utensil
  • Creates smooth strokes

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Good variety of colors
  • Smooth ink
  • Strong Clip
  • Quick drying

Cons:

  • Spotty
  • Thin ink
  • A bit scratchy
  • Breaks easily at clip
  • Weak click
  • Too light weight

Recommended for people who are on a budget and aren’t willing to splurge on pens. This pen would work for quick left or right handed writers who don’t have time for smudging and would value the clip for taking these pens on the go.

Overall rating: 2.5/5

 

Pilot Acroball Pure White

Price: $3.49 for 2; approx. $1.79 each

Claims:

  • Stylish look
  • Smooth advanced ink
  • Seriously smooth meets fashion forward
  • Unique textured grip
  • Quick-drying
  • Glides across the page

Pros:

  • Comfortable grip
  • Very strong click
  • Good size
  • Balanced weight
  • Clip

Cons:

  • Slow drying
  • Thin ink
  • Spotty ink
  • Easily picks up dirt
  • Scratchy
  • Misleading grips (colors don’t match ink)

Recommended for writers who take their time and apply light pressure. This pen is most suited for people who are more concerned with look and size than scratchiness or other unfavorable qualities. Not recommended for people who write with their left hand because this pen smudges and does not dry quickly.

 

Zebra F-301 Ballpoint Retractable Pen

Price: $4.69 for 2; approx. $2.35 each

Claims:

  • Perfectly portable
  • America’s #1 steel ballpoint pen
  • Original easy glide ink
  • Sleek, sophisticated appearance
  • Ideally sized
  • Secure clasp clip

Pros:

  • Great size-portable
  • Sleek
  • Comfortable
  • Professional
  • Strong Click
  • Strong and dependable click
  • Ink is consistent

Cons:

  • Thin ink
  • No grip
  • Wiggly when writing
  • Very scratchy
  • Expensive

Recommended for people who prefer a professional and visually pleasing pen, apply light pressure and need an easily portable pen for on the go. The price of this pen can be a setback for people who are not willing to pay that much, but the quality makes up for it.

Overall rating: 3/5

 

Pilot G2

Price: $6.78 for 4; approx. $1.70 each

Claims

  • Super smooth writing
  • America’s #1 selling gel ink pen
  • Longest writing gel ink pen
  • Comfortable grip
  • Retractable and refillable

Pros:

  • Vivid colors
  • Consistent ink
  • Contains lots of ink and is refillable
  • Strong clip
  • Strong click
  • Smooth ink
  • Reliable/good quality
  • Quick drying

Cons:

  • Scratchy
  • Fits awkwardly in hand

Recommended for people who write with their pen at an angle to the paper, not perpendicular. Writers who apply light pressure, value overall quality over comfort, and prefer a fine point pen would likely prefer this pen over others

Overall rating: 3.5/5

 

BIC Atlantis

Price: $3.29 for 3; approx. $1.10 each

Claims:

  • Sleek, stylish retractable ball pen
  • BIC’s smoothest ink
  • Comfortable grup for added control

Pros:

  • Smooth ink
  • Strong click
  • Sleek shape
  • Consistent ink
  • Pen is covered in grip material
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Relatively expensive
  • Grip allows the pen to get stuck in small spaces easily

Recommended for writers who apply firm pressure on the paper and write with the pen perpendicular to the paper. This pen is best suited for people who prefer comfortable ballpoint pens.

Overall rating: 4.5/5

 

BONUS! Kroger brand pen

Price: Free!*

Claims: N/A

Pros

  • Smooth, thick ink
  • Comfortable grip
  • Great click
  • Clip
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Bottom of pen is loose
  • Pen wiggles with firm pressure
  • Pens colors are not specified

Recommended for people who apply firm pressure and are on a budget. This pen is best suited for writers who do not mind advertising Kroger while they write.

Overall rating: 3.5/5

*How to get this pen for free: Talk to a Kroger representative about job opportunities and explain that you would like a bag of merchandise. This bag should include hand sanitizer, mints, chapstick, tissues, and two pens, one blue and one black. Make sure that you are interested in the information that he/she is giving to you, regardless of whether or not you will actually end up applying there. Enjoy your free Kroger-branded merchandise!

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Kat is a junior at Pinckney High School. She loves spending time with her family and traveling to new places. Kat plays on both the Varsity Girls Golf...

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