Pen's are EXPENSIVE, please advise

I'm looking to personalize this pen with my initials, name, and phone number.  The pen can be purchased from here http://www.4imprint.com/tag/89/Pens/product/103789/Wolverine-Pen, but they want a minimum order of $177.  I want to order just 1, 5, or perhaps 10 prior to placing a subsequent order.

I am also in love with this particular design and wonder if there is a way to purchase just these pens without the customization. Perhaps I could even figure out how to do the personalization here locally.

Assistance is greatly appreciated.2015-08-08-1212-4imprint.com-877-446-774
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Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
Use the "Request Sample" option to get just one pen, prior to a larger order.

Here are other US retailers with the same model pen:
https://www.marcopromotionalproducts.com/Product/Wolverine-Pen-WI-831-116154.htm
http://www.printglobe.com/pens-and-writing-instruments/retractable-pens/retractable-pens/retractable-pens-wolverine
http://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/custom-pens/wolverine-pen.htm

Of course, the source of the "Wolverine Pen" is in China. If you'd like to place a large order, your best price will be here:
http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Wolverine-Ball-Pen_1867374999.html?spm=a2700.7724838.102.9.D3zy4V

The reason they want to sell large quantities is because of the logo printing, setup process. It's cost prohibitive for a small batch. If you only plan on ordering a small amount, with no printing, you may want to simply contact them and ask if you can purchase a small batch with no logo printing.
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frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
OK, thank you for those links.

Do you know what the process is?  Is it something I can relatively easily replicate at home for various events?
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frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
I also don't see a source for the pens on a small order basis.
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Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
Do you know what the process is?  Is it something I can relatively easily replicate at home for various events?

This is the process for screen printing these large batches of pens:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGkCulvbI6A

From home, you'd be wanting to set up a screen printer like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R81tIEeMlYc

To order on a small batch basis, you'll either need to request (and pay for samples), or contact them directly and ask for small order quantities.

As you can see from the Alibaba link, most of the domestic sellers are buying very large quantities (5,000 MOQ) in order to place an order. Hence, you'll have to hope they have some in stock domestically, otherwise there is no way they'd place a 5,000 unit order with China to sell you 50 units.
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