WHY DID THEY DO IT? Tell me it ain't so!

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Marc Bagwell, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. Marc Bagwell

    Marc Bagwell Well-Known Member

    Still cracks me up every time I see your avatar! Love the feedback, pard. Thanks
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  2. Marc Bagwell

    Marc Bagwell Well-Known Member

    You're right, the specter of the bottom line is always close by.
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  3. Marc Bagwell

    Marc Bagwell Well-Known Member

    You're right, the business man always wins out over the engineer.
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  4. Marc Bagwell

    Marc Bagwell Well-Known Member

    Great point, nobody will be looking for a Fusion razor a century from now.
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  5. Jim99

    Jim99 Gold Water Shaver

    I'll speculate and say that 90% of the shavers out there are content with disposable shaving systems and believe that shaving is just another chore. I think Gillette realized that 50 years ago when they brought out the techmatic.

    I don't think the average shaver cares whether their razor lasts 5 years or 50 years. I think society has become much more short sighted over the last few decades and are just looking for fast and convenient ways to shave, not better ways.

    Gillette and others have taken advantage of that mentality and have reaped the profits. I don't think there's any turning back to DEs now, unless it's with a proprietary blade.

    Just my two cents.
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  6. mrchick

    mrchick Odd, Terrible Avatar

    Glad to be of service
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  7. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

    Article Team
    You plan on dying this year or something?
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  8. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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  9. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

    No me. Past B-day I turned 56. Now that I've lived one third of my life...
    These Millennials need to get working on Life extension meds. I want to make at least 150 and retire on the moon, or maybe Mars.
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  10. preidy

    preidy Just call me Dino

    The "195" is the 57 Chevy (a classic) of the vintage razor world. I have a complete cased in excellent condition. Although it's not my best shaver I still take the ole girl out for a spin 4 or 5 times a year. But in between those trips, I just sometimes take her out the razor drawer and just admire her plain good looks.
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  11. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    I usually wouldn't come to the defense of Fatboy but will here. Though I don't particularly like Fatboys as shavers they are beautiful from a design perspective. In contrast, the 57 Chevy Bel-Air is kind of a dog, relatively speaking. It was an old design, dressed up with chrome and fins, not particularly successful at the time (Ford outsold Chevy), and, unlike the Fatty looks extremely dated (look at what Mercedes and BMW by comparison). They became popular in the 60s and achieved whatever iconic status they possess for how they could be remade as hotrods, not for what they were. They were no Fatboy. My opinion. Then of course I drive a Studebaker :) (But the 57 Studebakers were likewise not the best designs).

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  12. RaZorBurn123

    RaZorBurn123 waiting hardily...............

    I'm sure Gillette (who was ahead of their time) did a big customer survey and many men didn't like the larger head (not good for under the nose) and shorter handle, which caused the Gillette Slim to be born.
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  13. Marc Bagwell

    Marc Bagwell Well-Known Member

    It's a date, we'll meet at Ricks tavern on the red planet. You're buying!
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  14. Fly2High

    Fly2High Breaking Frugal

    No plan on dying either. Just a fact that the world is driven not on art or science but on money. No one really cares about making better or perfect as long as you can make a buck and have planned obsolescence or RMR
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  15. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

    Look for the sign, I'll save you a bar stool!
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  16. Marc Bagwell

    Marc Bagwell Well-Known Member

  17. Marc Bagwell

    Marc Bagwell Well-Known Member

    You're right, most corporations are driven by the bean counters, not the engineers.
  18. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    Slimmer, Trimmer, Lighter, Longer. And cheaper at $1.49 , then $1.00-$1.79[​IMG]

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  19. Marc Bagwell

    Marc Bagwell Well-Known Member

    Wish we could still buy them for 1.49! Nice add. I have a slim and like it, for me anyway, it's just not a FatBoy.
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  20. ninjack

    ninjack Well-Known Member

    What is really sad is that you could buy an American made Gillette Razor for $1.49 in 1960, which if you check the inflation calculator, comes out to $12.15 in 2017. If Gillette made a similar razor in the USA in 2017 it would cost WAY more than $12.15.
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