Shortly after WWII an inventor/manufacturer named Milton Reynolds put out a brand new product --- the ball point pen !!!
Each one sold for the incredibly low price of --- $9.99. (Estimated cost today --- (?) $60 --- each.)
It was a miracle --- no fountain pens, no messy inkwells, no quill pens.
Today they are passed out free, with advertising on them.
And they often don't work.