Lamy, transfer of wealth be thy name!
Every company hires individuals (sometimes armies of them) who's sole function is to devise ways of taking money out of your pocket and putting it into theirs. Occasionally the transfer is agreeable if not amicable: both parties get what they want (value for value). Problem is, some of these companies become hungry beasts with insatiable appetites. One wonders if there isn't a person sitting at a drawing board sketching out Lamy designs for cufflinks, watches and leather portfolios--their rationale being: why should I drive a Porsche, when all the guys at MontBlac are driving Lamborghinis? Can't say I blame them, but I'll be damned if I'll pay fifty-six bucks for an Al-Star!