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      15.07.2013 16:22
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      Great pens for a bargain.

      Everyone needs a pen from time to time, whether that's for taking phone numbers, addresses, names or even for asking for someones autograph! These pens are lightweight and can easily slip into a coat or trouser pocket and with the assorted colours of three black, 3 red and 4 blue these would be ideal even for teachers to lend to pesky students who are always stealing them and also make a really good companion for markings due to the inclusion of the red pens. We always keep a pack of these pens in the glove box of our car along with a notepad for taking things down because we always find that this is the main place where we need one! However i would like to point out that i have found that one or two of these pens can be a little 'scratchy' on paper if you know what i mean and a couple of them ran out of ink rather quickly, however saying this it could be because of them being kept in the car throughout the winter etc. The value of these pens is remarkable. Coming in at just 4 pence each (10 pens at 40 pence a pack) these are a bargain! I can't believe how they manage to sell them this cheap. I can't really give an overall review on how long these last for as i just pick one up but i will say that they are all still working despite the couple of pens that ran out due to the way they are stored (in the car) but i cant really complain at the price of them! No pens have 'exploded' or leaked on me yet (Touch wood) and they all seem like a good investment especially since you can pay up to £2.00 for a pack of 4 pens which do the same thing, write! I would definitely recommend that you pick up a few packs of these for your journey if you're going anywhere.

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        29.05.2013 17:35
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        Lightweight, Ink flows well.

        I have lots of grandchildren who tend to nick my good pens to write and draw when they come to visit my home. I am forever looking for my good pens and know where they have landed up, usually in their bags and taken to their home. When I spotted these pens at a cheap price, I decided to buy them for my grandchildren and hide my good pens from their nosey noses. There are 10 pens in a clear plastic wrapper, there are 3 black, 3 red and 4 blue pens and all of them have removable tops. They are very light to hold and I find they are good enough for my grandchildren to write with them being much lighter than some other pens you can buy. I find I can write with them with no problem but I do prefer a more heavier pen but these pens do serve the purpose really well indeed. They write a fine line on paper and it can be seen without writing too heavily to see the coloured ink on the paper. The ink flows well from the nib and it does take a couple of times continuing to write with them before the ink flows better but this is what I often find anyway with most pens I buy. Some of my younger grandchildren have used them for colouring but it does take them quite a while to fully colour whatever they have happened to draw. My older grandchildren have used them for doing their homework which they have brought with them if they have had to do it when they have come directly to my home after school for the weekend. These pens are ideal for general writing on paper for homework. I was really surprised how well these pens actually work for writing on paper, I have often found myself nicking my grandchildren's pens when I have needed to find a pen fairly quickly to jot down notes while on the telephone. These are handy little pens and well worth the price indeed. They only cost 40p for 10 pens, I think this is a huge amount of pens and are ideal to stock in the home or to leave a couple in the car to use if you may need to use a pen while out and about or to leave in a bag. I have no grumbles using these pens, they work well and release the ink from the pens really well indeed. Cheap to buy and handy little pens for the home or for out and about. Once I had tried them and knew how well they worked I went back and bought a few more packs to stock up and readily available for when we lose them. Very good value for money pens and a good choice of colours for every day usage. I will buy these again in the future because they are suitable for my grandchildren and myself to use to write on paper. Cannot go wrong buying these value pens and you will be surprised how nice they actually are for the cheap price. I highly recommend these pens if you are looking for some for your household. I rate them 5 stars.

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        18.03.2013 21:02
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        Shockingly unacceptable quality. Avoid avoid avoid.

        When in desperate need of pens the first place to go is your local supermarket but in future i'm going to boycott all cheap "value" pens because I've had enough of these disgraceful things. Their quality is shockingly unacceptable. Quite frankly these are very good sitting in the bin since they aren't very good at being pens. There's value as in value for money and then there's cheap, the later of which being poorly built, not good value for money and therefore I think, a waste of money. It's a false economy to pay 40p for pens only to put them in the bin and go out and buy the old Bic's or Staedler 430's. These pens leak everywhere, they don't have a flow control on the end so when you've been scribbling for a while the ink just continues to gush out and form little blobs on the end of the pen. This ink then dries hard and you have to sort of pick it off either with fingers and a bit of water or with tweezers. This ball of ink is a complete waste bear in mind. Most of the pens break, explode, leak, split and everything in between. In the end I got so sick of them I just binned them and never looked back, even the ones I hadn't used yet because I just couldn't put up with the ink spillage. They are flimsy and if you knock them about a lot they will pretty much explode or leak ink from inside the tube. The plastic is thick but you can sink your teeth into it and leave marks. The lids are no different. The lids do fit well over the top of each pen and there is a small piece of plastic so you can hook these over the top of a pocket. These are no bigger or smaller than any other biro's i've had but frankly this is irrelevant, as no matter how neat you write these pens will leak and explode over your documents anyway, a complete waste of time and money. These pens also leave blobs all over the place because the ink isn't regulated. Sometimes no ink comes out and they stop working followed by a whole drainage of the inside of the pens for no obvious reason other than the fact that they are disgustingly poor quality. Absolutely disgraceful. Don't buy.

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          14.02.2013 21:46
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          Terrible excuse for a pen

          I nearly always use Bic bal point pens but a little while ago I decided to try some Tesco Value Pens as they were a lot cheaper and as I've bought Tesco Value things lots of times before and they have worked out good value for money, I thought I'd give these pens a try. A pack of ten pens costs only 40p! Unbelievably cheap and really this was the main reason I decided to give them a go. We always seem to 'lose' a lot of pens in our house and whenever I need one I find myself scrabbling around in various drawers and cupboards and unable to find even one. Other times, (when I don't need one) there invariably seems to be loads of them lying about all over the place. The pens are in different colours, namely blue, black and red. Now, for only 40p for a pack of ten, I wasn't expecting a fanatic quality pen, however, I was expecting them to be about halfway decent. These pens are the most rubbish things I've ever come across. They are shaped to look like the better and more expensive Bic Ball Point pens, though looks is where the similarity ends. They are not as comfortable to hold as a Bi pen and as soon as you pick one up, it's immediately apparent that the quality is just not the same. They are lightweight, made of flimsy thin plastic and just don't feel 'nice' to hold onto when trying to write. The ink flow is the worst thing by far about these pens. It's just not there half of the time. When the pen is used for the first time I have to scribble like mad on paper to get the ink to start to come out. I don't really mind having to do this, but I would have hoped that once it had started to flow, that it might be sustained. The ink comes out in dribs and drabs and I have to re-trace over what I have written loads of time in order to make my writing look legible. I hate having to press down really hard with a pen and as my handwriting is not good at the best of times, these pens make it look so much worse. We have thrown away all but two of them now. My husband goes mad when he looks for a pen and says he's not using 'one of those ones', as he knows how bad they are. I'm pleased I only wasted 40p on this pack of pens and glad I didn't spend any more. Please don't waste your money - they are truly awful.

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          12.02.2013 21:33
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          not one i'd buy again

          I mainly buy bic biros when in need of a pen as I mainly write in biros rather than the ink pens I used to love using in school. However I thought it would be nice to just have a few pens lying around quick on hand for when I needed to jot something down whilst on the telephone or in the kitchen etc. I found tesco sold these value pens for 35-40p. They came in a pack of 10 and had 4 blue pens, 3 black and 3 red. I would have preferred it to have more black pens as I write mainly more in black rather than blue but still the pens should in theory last a while and it shouldn't make much difference. The pens come wrapped in clear wrapping so you can see them and the packaging does not state much on it apart from that they are biros and medium. On opening the pens and using them I found I had to scribble quite a bit first on paper for the ink to come out, but thought nothing of it as this is standard for pretty much all pens. I found after a few scribbles the pens worked fine and I could use it like any other biro with no problems with the ink. However after leaving it lying around and picking it up the next time I used it, I just could not get the ink flowing out of it!.. for instance I was on the phone and needing to write a phone number down and I remember it just wouldn't write properly and the ink was not coming out fully for writing a single number. I thought this might of been the post it note I was writing it on, but changed paper and found the same. In the end I had to pick up a different pen altogether. I came back to the pens to try them out once more and found it unreliable.. I tried rubbing the pen between my hands and shaking it (does that even work?! but I know we all do it when the pen is not working properly) and when I tried to write a sentence down on paper it would only half write it so that when looking at the written text is was very scratchy and not a solid line. I tried a different colour and found this to be the same so it was not just limited to the black. I couldn't understand why the first time I used it, it seemed ok but when I went back to it - it just didn't want to write!.. I figured it was because in the first use the pen managed to get some ink out properly but the more you used it the more it didn't want to know lol. Although the pen is cheap, I wouldn't really recommend it.. I can see the user pinklady1 on here from her past review had a good experience with it and gave the product 5 stars but I think she was just lucky as the most of us who have used these pens have rated them lowly. I would have to give the product 1 star, it's definitely not one I would re-purchase.. even if I did just get a faulty pack of pens.. but it seems like i'm not the only one! These just didn't seem of good quality and it really wasn't worth the extra effort in trying to write something down with them. They look fine and like any other standard biro in shape and design, but it is the ink flow that really lets it down. Thanks for reading :) (this review may also be on ciao)

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            07.02.2013 16:07
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            Not even worth 4p a pen!!

            Tesco Value Assorted Pens come in a pack of 10 and cost the incredibly low price of 40p. The colour ratio is a bit odd - four blue, three black and three red pens, though my pack actually had two black and four red. Generally with work and filling in forms etc I need to write in black, and keep blue pens for birthday cards and very rarely use red pens - but at the time I figured it was decent value for money at 4p a pen even if I didn't use the reds much or at all. But unfortunately, much as these pens look like Bic with their barrel style (clear with facets), pen lid style (long and pointy) and colours, they are nothing like Bic. I find Bic biros so easy to write with, long lasting, with a smooth ink flow, and very comfortable to use. The Tesco Value Assorted Pens are the polar opposite of that! Firstly there is the comfort factor. They're made of a cheaper plastic which is quite brittle and the pens are quite flimsy as a result - after a week in my handbag or in my laptop bag for work, most of them ended up with cracks and shattering / plastic weakness. Not a good start! Secondly, the ink flow is really poor. They are pretty weak in terms of line definition and often the ink stops flowing altogether even though the barrel is full. You really have to press on to your paper to get even a half decent line out of these and even then it seems to go weaker and stronger within seconds, meaning your writing looks strange and fragmented. Often when filling out a form I have to go over my writing twice which is rather frustrating. Given that these pens were 4p each you'd think that these niggles would be liveable but they're really not! I hate these pens and whenever I am looking for a pen and I find a stray one of these I keep looking, unless I am really desperate! I keep throwing them away and they keep reappearing, I am sure they are spawning. Overall I can't recommend these pens whatsoever, they're poor quality, frustrating, and generally annoying, I'll stick to Bic in future, they're worth every penny more! Avoid Tesco Value Assorted Pens, they're an assortment of hassle!!

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            06.02.2013 14:09
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            I bought these pens because late last year I was making up some shoe boxes of goodies to go to a charity which send the boxes out to children in Romania, Ukraine and a few other countries of which are then given to the children at Christmas time. These children live in a poor environment and never receive any presents for Christmas. My friend asked me if I could do a few boxes and pop a few cheap items into them for the children and I was very happy to buy some items for the little children. The pens come inside a plastic packet which is transparent and very basic looking. No fancy design and just the usual colours of the Value range from Tesco. There are 10 pens in the pack and so quite a lot for the price. There are 4 blue, 3 black and 3 red pens, so a mixture of pens for general use. The stem of each pen is also a transparent plastic and they have a coloured removal top. The tops are very easy to pull off the pen with no problems having to keep on tugging etc. Also the tops can be placed at the bottom of the pen to store and not lose it and it just pushes back into place again after using the pen. I myself don't always do this and just either lose the top or throw it in the recycle bin. They are also very comfortable pens to hold and not flimsy, they don't bend when pressure is used to write with them. They are strong ones to hold. The nib of them is sharp and the ink flows well onto paper, the ink gives an even line on the paper too, not quite a thicker line as some other pens but adequate enough to see it on the paper. I do find with some of them that I need to scribble on the paper for a few seconds to release the ink flow but it isn't a major issue for myself and I am sure the children will know how to do this when they begin using a pen which doesn't flow well immediately. Not all of the pens need to be used in this way but I do find some branded pens need to be used in the same way to release the ink, so I am happy with the way these write after a few seconds of scribbling. I actually bought 5 packs of these and kept one pack for myself because I am forever losing pens and I need some more. I have found they are not as strong an ink as some other brands but they do the job very well. I can see my writing clear enough on the paper too. I wanted to also test them first before I placed any into the boxes because I didn't want any of the children who receive a box not to be able to write with a good enough pen. These one are really suitable for the children in my opinion. The children need some pens and stationery to use for learning to write etc and these are more than ideal for them to use in my opinion. I have used the black colour to write on a document which required me to write only in black ink. The black showed up well on the document and clear to see by just writing in the normal way. I have used the red colour to draw circles around my family tree notes on paper. I write in either a blue or black coloured ink but when I am wanting to go back to a name on my family tree I like to be able to see a name I am working on at the time. The red shows also well on the notes. Stands out without having to keep going over the word with the pen. The blue I just use for general writing and for writing a shopping list etc. All the colours write in exactly the same way, there is no difference at all in the way they appear on the paper. I have used them on normal writing paper and also on cardboard. I think these pens are ideal for older school children who may need some extra pens in a pencil case and to just add a few more in the case, just in case they lose one of their favourite pens. They would most certainly be a quick fix pen for their pencil case in my opinion. Also ideal for just having a few extra pens to jot things down at home. I am so pleased I bought these pens and kept one pack for myself to use at home. They are more than suitable for the little children to receive in their gift boxes at Christmas time and I am sure they will be delighted when they open their box and see a pack of 10 pens which they will be able to use for quite a while. They only cost 35p for the pack when I bought them just before Christmas and for this price I think it is an amazingly good value price. The quality of the pens is really good considering they are so cheap. The pens are going strong since I bought them. I would most definitely buy these ones again in the future because they write really well and much better than I expected them to be. Cheap enough to buy for any budget in my opinion and well worth the money. I do like to do my bit for charity whenever I can and for the little children who have no pens to learn how to write, these pens will help them enormously along the way in my opinion. Bless their little hearts. Just cannot go wrong for 35p. I am not sure how long these pens will actually last ink wise because mine are all still in use but I'm sure they will last for quite a while before the ink runs out. If I am on the telephone, I often doodle on a piece of paper lol, this is a bad habit I have done for many years and these pens come in handy for my conversations on the phone to pass the time away if someone is boring me a little or nattering on a little lol. They colour the picture or circle I have drawn really well lol. I highly do recommend these pens for anyone looking for a very cheap set of pens to add to a collection or just to keep handy in a drawer for when they need a pen at home immediately. Also on Ciao under my username pinky50. I give these pens 5 stars. Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.

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              04.02.2013 20:27
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              Lack of ink impedes the writing flow making them annoying to write with

              Tesco Value are hit and miss but if I don't give these things a go then I won't know. My son needed pens for school and not being spoiled for choice whilst shopping I grabbed a pack of value. He only writes in black but for 40p for 10 pens I reasoned that at 4p each it didn't matter that there's only 3 blacks as I would use the blue for my jottings. The pack contains 4 blues, 3 blacks and 3 reds- no-one uses red but the kids do sometimes write in red to high light notes. The pack of pens is simply packaged, just plain plastic wrap. The pack I had was the old red and blue value design and not the new jazzed up Everyday Value packaging. The quality of the casings and lids aren't overly bad- none have snapped during use. The pens are slender white and rounded, no ridges which I prefer to hold except they're abit too thin to hold comfortably, the colour co-ordinated lids fit okay and don't fall off. How do they perform? They all seemed to work, just not very well. The nibs are incredibly scratchy and write with a very thin ink line. Lack of ink prevents the pen from writing fluidly. The colour of the ink is poor, which is a big problem when filling out forms which require a black pen, it's just not dark enough. I didn't bother using them up, but my son does alot of writing and for him they didn't last as long as 'proper' pens. I wouldn't buy these again, in future I'll stick to Home Bargains. I didn't expect much from them and I only grabbed them as we needed them there and then, but for 4p each I can't really complain as they are pens and they do write!!

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                09.01.2013 16:15
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                Save your 40p.....

                Product: Value Assorted Pens Quantity: 10 From: Tesco Price: 40p I'm a huge stationary fan with my favourite stationary store being Paperchase. Whilst browsing around various supermarkets I always find myself browsing in the stationary aisle much to my Fiance's amusement. When shopping in Tesco one evening I was yet again browsing in the stationary aisle and I came across the Tesco Value Assorted Pens. The pens came in a pack of 10 and were priced at just 40p, that makes each pen just 4p, for that price I added them into my shopping trolley along with the weekly shop. The pens come packaged in a clear see through plastic wrapping. The wrapping as the noticeable Tesco Value blue and red label along with the product title and any other relevant information. As I mentioned above the pack contains 10 pens; 4 blue, 3 black and 3 red. When opening the packaging and getting to actually feel the pens the first thing I noticed was how thin and cheap the plastic of the pens were. I wasn't expecting great things from the pens afterall they were only 40p but the quality of them really was shocking. The pens had that scratchy feel to the paper whilst I was writing, the ink was faded and some of the pens didn't even write at all. I would rather put my 40p towards a pen which I know is going to work and one which I know will last me longer than a few seconds or so. These were that bad that I binned them. Dooyoo Stars: 1/5

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                  09.01.2013 15:30
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                  A 40p better spent elsewhere

                  I bought these pens to use as a cheap pen for revision quite a while ago. The pack contains 10 biros. 4 blue coloured ones, 3 black coloured ones and 3 red coloured ones. The packet of 10 biros cost me 40p, making each Biro worth 4p each. The pens look and feel cheap, with the barrels made of thin plastic, and the lids made out of slightly thicker plastic. My other half stood on one of the pens I had dropped and it didn't just split like other Biros would, it shattered into loads of pieces. Just holding the pens to write, you had to be really careful as the barrel felt extremely brittle. I was quite realistic in the fact that I knew cheap pens like this would not allow me to write beautifully etc, but I did expect them to actually work! I went to use one of the black pens, and the ink was extremely faded and on the paper looked like the pen was running out. And after a few sentences, the pen did stop working. After shaking it to try and get the ink flowing, it worked again, but the ink was still very faded. The process of the pen working then not working went on and on until I gave up trying to use the cheap pens. Some of the packed did not work at all! When the Biro did work, the nib was 'scratchy' feeling against the paper and not in the slightest bit smooth, which is what I like in a pen. When I used it on the cheap paper I had bought for my revision, the pen made a few small holes in the pen, where I had to drag it to make it write. The colours in the pens that did work were faded and not well pigmented at all. The black was the worst in my opinion, and actually this is the most important colour for me, as anything official I write, has to be in black ink. I would not buy these again, I am all for saving money and buying cheap things like pens, but these do not even work. I would give them 0 stars but that is not an option so they will begrudgingly get 1 star.

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                  05.01.2013 18:24
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                  Not recommended

                  If ever there was a false economy then these pens proved the point, you might think you are getting a bargian at only 4p a biro as you get ten of these pens in a pack, four blue, three black and three red pens in total for 40p so they appear to be cheap enough but the old adage "you get what you pay for" certainly rings true with these pans as a quarter of the pens did not work at all and went straight into the bin and those that did were not very nice to write with and did not last that long either. They are pretty standard pens and are cheaply made, one of them has pratically disintegrated in the meaty hands of my other half when he gripped it too tightly, he was swearing at the time having done something wrong but it was not as if he was applying too much force. I also found the tips to be very severe and with the lack of flow of ink then in a couple of cases the paper got damaged, not a big issue as it was just things like shopping lists but it would have been a lot more annoying if it was a card or an officail form that I was signing or writing on. The pens that did work ok were acceptable but the ink does not exactly flow and they are a little scratchy feeling. Out of all of them the red ink seemed to have the most depth to it, the balck was a little insipid and the blue pens were the most likely to fail with 50% of them n ot writing at all and one each of the other colours. Personally these are not worth spending the money on them even if they are very cheap indeed, just think of the damage to the environment products like these cause given all the plastic and the waste of materials used to make them.

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                    02.01.2013 21:30
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                    if you would like a 2 in 1 pen/knife then this product is for you!

                    I bought this brand of pens once and this made me adamant that I would never buy them again. First off, build quality. I am genuinely scared of crushing these pens with my bare hand as I wrote. Either I am unusually strong or these pens are unusually brittle. I would prefer the first to be true but alas, as I spend most of my day at a computer I am sure you can guess the reality towards my strength. Now to the ink. Actually, what ink? I swear that they just placed coloured plastic inside some of the pens as they failed to ever write a single word. Most of the time the tips of the pens acted like a knife for my paper. For the ones that did work, they weren't too bad but then again definitely weren't the best pens I have ever used. These pens do not have the smoothness or glide that other pens have and it feels as it the metal is catching on the paper in some cases when writing. Obviously you cannot expect too much from such cheap pens but your experience with the pens does suffer because of it. The holder tab on the cap broke off very easily, I do not usually use this anyway but certain people may do and therefore this would be a disadvantage of this pen for them

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                      02.01.2013 13:38
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                      Ten pens for 40p? Good value if u ask me!

                      I'm trying to kick off the new year being all organised and what not, so I was in Tesco and bought some paper, pens, plastic wallets to try and properly organise all my finances such as car insurance, daughter's child trust fund documents and other lovely bills! Of course, being quite frugal when I spotted this pack of pens for a mere 40p I just thought they were right up my street. The pack is from the now advertised Tesco Everyday range and has 4 blue pens, 2 black pens and 3 red pens. I am not too fussed about writing in blue or black so didn't mind that there were only 2 black pens, but my other half did notice this to be a bit weird! I like the variety of colours though, as it is good to have a mixture of pens as when I am writing as I can't bear to write in one boring colour! The pens are the usual standard size, made of plastic and have colourful lids to match the pen ink. The lids also have a longer piece so it can sit snugly in the cusp of a pocket. The lids also fit easily on the tip of the pen so they don't get lost during use, but I find somehow I always end up losing the lid anyway! This doesn't pose too much of a problem as even with losing the lid the pen doesn't dry out and can still be used. Using the pens, they are quite basic hence costing only 4p per pen, and I found the ink didn't print too well and I really have to lean on a wad of paper to get the ink to come out properly. These pens are easy to hold, abut again the ink doesn't last very long and runs out quickly but if I lick the nib it writes a bit better bot sadly not for long! Overall, these are some basic pens but for a quick jotting down a phone number on a pad of paper they are fine, but if I were essay writing I would avoid these like the plague. At only 4p a pen they are cheap and cheerful but as with a lot of budget products there is a reason why!

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                        21.12.2012 18:14
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                        As I work as a carer I always have to have a pen but it has to be black, I hate writing in black ink so I use blue ink whenever I use a pen away from work. When I ran out of pens for work I was in Tesco so I decided to try a pack of their pens figuring that they were cheap and had both black and blue in the pack along with red which my daughter would be given as she is forever asking for a pen to practice her writing and it is never to be seen again. The pens are from the Tesco Value range or the Tesco Everyday range as it is now known, I don't know if the packaging has now been changed sue to the brand chaning but the pack I got were in a see through wrapper with the well know Tesco Value logo in red and blue on a white background. Inside the pack you get 4 blue pens, 2 black pens and 3 red pens so 10 pens in total and they cost me 40p so 4p per pen which I think is fantastic value. The pens are of standard size and have a see through length with a plastic push on lid on each one showing the relevant colour of the ink, the pen has a long bit attached to the lid so that you could clip it onto your shirt or in my case into the pocket of my uniform so it doesn't fall out. The pens are not the nicest to use and I find that the writing they produce is very fine and feel like the nib of the pen scratches against the paper. The pens are comfortable to hold but not nice to write with, I am using the black ones for work as they are forever growing legs and walking in the home I work in but I won't be buying them again.

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                        18.12.2012 20:29
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                        Pens, pens everywhere but never one that works when you need one!! I tend to buy pens all the time but when you need to write down a telephone message, can you ever find a pen?? No! I have a corkboard in the kitchen (supposedly to write shopping lists on when food runs out) the pen kept going missing so I tied a pen onto the board with string, its still gone awol! Tesco's sell a pack of 10 assorted ball point pens, it is part of their Value range, and they cost 40p and come in the value red, white and blue packaging. There are four blue pens, three black and three red pens. I find that unless you are a teacher or a young girl who draws hearts everywhere, the red pens never get used, they can never be found but I don't remember ever using a red pen for anything. There are four blue pens and three black, I would have thought that black would have been more popular that the blue ones but that's just my opinion. They are made of clear plastic with the lid and end being the colour of the ink inside. These are your average ball point pens, they have a lid which pops on and off quite easily enough. I did find with these pens that a couple of them didn't work when I got the pack home. The pens that did work, are a little scratchy, which makes writing quite hard and challenging, they also tend to splodge globules of ink out a lot, I find I have to wipe the nib of the pen on tissue or on another piece of paper every fourth or fifth work which just works out quite annoying. I gave some of these to my son to use at school and he had one leak in his bag (which ruined his P.E. Kit and books, and when he tried to actually use another pen it didn't work. I have always been a fan of Bic pens and will stick to buying them in future as these value pens, are not really that good for value when they don't work a lot of the time, then you can't stop the ink from flowing other times. Too much value, not enough actual working going on here.

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