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I like to buy pens from one certain brand (Montex Megatop; cheap good quality pen). I often buy 3-6 in advance and store them in the almirah. But I have noticed that for some pens either the ink becomes dry and thin after 2/3rds is used or it stops working completely.

  • Could this be because of storing them for long time (3 weeks for each pen)?
  • Could I prevent this by keeping them upside down?
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    – Stan
    Mar 29, 2020 at 18:05
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    Perhaps it is just because those cheap pens are not as good as you think. From the question title, is it only the pens you have stored that run thin/dry or any of them. One other way you could look at it, is if the pens run out after 2/3 use, then they effectively cost you 50% more. Mar 29, 2020 at 19:52
  • @WeatherVane That's a neat insight. I will consider changing them now!
    – user30989
    Mar 30, 2020 at 5:39
  • Perhaps keep them in the shop rather than the almirah, that way they stand a better chance of being fresh when you come to use them ;)
    – Caius Jard
    Mar 30, 2020 at 18:54
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    Welcome to Lifehacks! This isn't quite a Lifehacks question, but you can make it into one. Currently, the subject is asking a yes-or-no-question. On Lifehacks, we ask questions that require creative solutions, like "How can I maintain the quality of ink in my ballpoint pens for the life of the pen?" Then you can write about some ideas you had, and ask for other people's suggestions. Please consider changing your question - you'll get more creative answers that way! Apr 2, 2020 at 0:57

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Actually, when you keep the pen upside down for a long time, they dry or ink flow is irregular. The gravitational pull is a reason, you can even try this with 'markers'. Sometimes the ball pens also dry off if they are not used regularly.

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