I asked the question because, yes, I would be interested in buying slate pencils if it was possible to do so without any problem and for a fair price. I have seen videos and they look so good - and in the one where the lady is eating one it sounds so nice and crunchy. I have also read on here and other sites about how good and earthy they are.Hi Alexx,
I had thought about it in the past but not as a business but just to give someone a taste of it who was craving it but since slate pencils are extremely common in india and available everywhere, finding people who would want to buy it from outside india will be tough. Also, every brand tastes different so finding those special ones and then retaining supply might be tough..wouldn't wanna get someone hooked and then run out of supplies. How many on this forum would be interested ?
I have said before that my preference is natural clay that hasn't had anything added to it or been shaped by people - my concern here is whether or not the clay was prepared in a hygienic manner. BUT some of those molded clays look so good and have such good reviews that I plan to order some but will wait until I travel to do so because of the cost of shipping and other potential import problems.
I feel the same about slate pencils. I don't like the idea of people having their hands in things that I will chew/eat, but I would love to try them. If I got some pencils I would heat them to try to sterilize and bring out the earthy taste - and probably just chew them and not swallow at first to see if they agree with me. They look similar to chalk, which I do eat sometimes, but seem more natural and tastier.
You say that slate pencils are available everywhere, but that is in India. I do not know if they are sold in other countries, and have never seen them. Also, if they are sold everywhere I don't understand why there would ever be a problem in keeping up the supply?
For me importing slate pencils would be easier to explain than it would be to explain if I was questioned on why I was importing molded clay or for example red soil cake. I have read here that the Tiger brand is good - maybe if you consider selling the pencils you could offer a few different types for people to try?
I have another question for the Indian ladies. Do you know whether the factories/people that make them know that people eat them? If they know, I was wondering if some factories take better care to prepare them in a clean, hygienic way? I ask this because in America people who sell white dirt do know that people eat it and I was wondering if it was the same in India with the slate pencils.