First of all, this is NOT a sponsored post. I'm not connected to this product or company in any other way than just the ordinary crazy consumer.
So I just got this deal on 80 pieces of TOUCH Twin Markers. In Sweden you have to by them for 40 SEK, which is about $5 each. A pack of 60 markers is 1.550 SEK / $180. Now I tried this new shopping site called wish.com (don't know if it's global, but would say it is). And found this 80-pack for only about 100 SEK / $12 (!!!!!). At first I thought it was too good to be true and I never buy into these types of promos otherwise, but this was just too tempting. And with that price I just had to try it (it was markers for god's sake!!!). If you are into markers too, you'll know what I'm talking about.
And today, I went to the post office to pick up the package. Apparently it was sent from Singapore, so I'm a bit worried that it's a copy.
I unpacked it, and everything looked fine, more than fine. It looked great. 80 pretty colors were greeting me when opening the case *the sound of "oh, happy day" playing in my head*.
Then I had to try them out, naturally, got a piece of Copic Marker paper and freezed when I saw what happened when I applied a bit of color to it.
It floated around like mud! With small little grains on top. And when I touched it with my finger it would smear and come off! It wouldn't layer either...
Aaaargh! It was too good to be true after all. Oh, well, that's what you get for being cheap, I thought.
But then I tried it on ordinary printing paper, just in case, and the result was completely different. The ink bled a lot, but that it does with Copic and ProMarkers as well. So I got a piece of Canson The Wall marker paper and the result was just as good as with any other marker I'm using. Whiew!!! I mean, since I didn't spend a lot of money on them, if they had turned out to be fony or fake, it wouldn't have been the whole world of course, but the disappointment had been big anyway and the joy of having 80 new markers at your hand destroyed.
Did a quick test with the Copic blender too, and it seems to react ok on the Canson paper, not perfectly though.
I'm not certain that they are the real thing or if it's TOUCH in general, because the feeling of the pen itself is not as nice as for example Copic or ProMarker. The fit of the cap is not as nice and or the printed letters and numbers on the body and cap looks a bit low quality. I don't have any other TOUCH markers at home right now to compare with, but I will get some, just to be sure.
This specific pack had a nice set of greys (actually all basic grey tones) and a lot of earth tones, plus a nice mix of vidid colors, represented in each color group.
So what's the conclusion? Well, it's always nice when you get new markers, but I have to be honest, the feeling is a bit tainted with the suspicion that it might be a pirated copy - the origin, price and look and feel of the pen itself points to that. You can find a similar deal at Amazon though, and that indicates that the bargain I got could be with original pens as well. Hm..
I'm not a fan of pirating and copying and try to avoid that as much as I can. But now that I have them, I will definitely use and enjoy them.