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One of the pencils looked like used and it was not in the original packaging. It was just thrown into the box and looked like it was old and used.
Love the pencils, but I can get them tomorrow on Amazon for $20.32 with Prime.
The retractable tip on the GraphGear 1000 is a game changer. I'm not even terribly particular about pens and pencils, hell, I'm barely literate... But we've all been losing pencil tips forever, and when it's a pencil /machine/ the tip is all.
MD I'd buy a set of 1000's like this in a heartbeat. I doubt I'd ever even need to refill 'em, they'd last forever.
These 500's though...heartbreak guaranteed. They can't even be shipped without risking their sole function.
Had to get out of the drop. Sorry massdrop. You guys are awesome, but total price of 4 with shipping to USA was $21.75-ish

On amazon it is $20.35 Prime shipping.
https://www.amazon.com/Pentel-GraphGear-Automatic-Drafting-Pencils/dp/B00LE0J6IM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1499697474&sr=8-3&keywords=pentel+graphgear+500

Not sure waiting a month or so is worth saving less than $1. Sorry MD!!

I have one of these pencils, and when it is not broken it is a great one. The tip isn't very well connected to the rest of the body however, so be careful if you drop it.
Hopefully there's no quality issues with this drop. Now we play the waiting game.... Tick tock massdrop.
I don't know about anybody else, but one of the pencils I recieved came damaged right out of the package. It was a .5 lead model, and the tip where the lead comes out of the pencil was bent at nearly a 30-degree angle, rendering it useless.
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Bulk order shipped! The vendor informed us that the group's order was picked up and is on its way to our warehouse in New Jersey. Based on the tracking provided, the order is scheduled to arrive on 10/31.

Expect another update from us on 11/1 or sooner if something comes up.

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Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Pentel GraphGear 500 Drafting Pencil (4-Pack) and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.

As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will send the bulk shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey where our warehouse team will break it up into individual orders and ship them. The current estimated ship date from our warehouse is 11/2.

We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 10/24.

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Not to put a damper on this drop, but Amazon has this same set of 4 pencils for $19.43, Prime. So that would be free shipping for Prime members. I could have them by this Friday.
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Cookster997, you'll find that pretty much any 0.3mm pencil lead is very easy to break. All of mine break HB leads easily and usually require removing the tip & using the pin/needle to clear it out. You have to be very smooth & gentle with it. HB lead is probably the softest you'd want to use, try to get some H or 2H, they are less easy to break.
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Thank you! I expected it to be very fragile, but it still managed to catch me by surprise. I'll try to find a harder grade lead.
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Bulk order shipped! The vendor informed us that the group's order was picked up and is on its way to our warehouse in New Jersey. Based on the tracking provided, the order is scheduled to arrive on 7/13.

Expect another update from us on 7/14 or sooner if something comes up.

If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (https://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
The vendor is currently working on preparing the order for shipment to our warehouse. Based on current estimates orders should be on its way early next week. As soon as the order is on its way we will make sure to update the group with the shipping schedule.

Thanks for your patience and expect an update from us on 7/13 or sooner if something comes up.
Just about there! We've been in touch with the vendor regarding the group's order and they've let us know that they are still working to gather and pack the group's order for shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey. We will continue to check in with them throughout the fulfillment process and update the group again as soon as everything is en route to us!

Expect another update from us on 7/8 or sooner if something comes up.

If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (https://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Pentel GraphGear 500 Drafting Pencil (4-Pack) and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.

As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will send the bulk shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey where our warehouse team will break it up into individual orders and ship them. The current estimated ship date from our warehouse is 7/12.

We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 7/5.

If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (http://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
So Amazon has the .5mm currently on sale for $3.99 a pencil. That's from Amazon directly as well, not an independent vendor, with free shipping: https://www.amazon.com/Pentel-GraphGear-Automatic-Drafting-PG525A/dp/B0006HXQXA

If you only need that thickness of graphite it's a way better deal; however if you need more than one of another size, the four pack here is a pretty good deal.
Are replacement erasers and lead going to be included in the drop this time?
digivandig
Hello there, good question. Unfortunately,​ erasers and lead refills will not be included this time like mentioned last time. Our vendor has let us know that Pentel has changed the packaging for the GG500. Apologies for any confusion, hope this answers your question!

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