02-08-2013, 01:38 PM
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A year ago I would have been very excited about this. Now though I'm just meh.

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 02-08-2013, 01:45 PM
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converting people, one at a time.....

the good thing about these stores is that it gets people interested.

the bad thing..their stuff is $$$$$$

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 02-08-2013, 02:01 PM
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I live in Cool Springs, so I'll have to go, I guess. I second you meh, though: the shave forums don't leave this outfit with a good reputation....

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 02-08-2013, 02:17 PM
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I live a few miles from Cool Springs too. Maybe we could go just to mess with the sales staff. Biggrin

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 02-08-2013, 02:24 PM
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And don't even talk about their ingredients! Never have bought their stuff, never will!

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 02-08-2013, 02:25 PM
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Really, Mach 3 razor.... Sad

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 02-08-2013, 02:26 PM
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(02-08-2013, 01:45 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: converting people, one at a time.....

the good thing about these stores is that it gets people interested.

the bad thing..their stuff is $$$$$$

+1....it's like Teavanna when it comes to tea.

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 02-08-2013, 04:27 PM
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The only thing I ever buy there is the sandalwood and lavender shaving creams.

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 02-08-2013, 04:40 PM
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Yep they got me started and then I discovered the forums.

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 02-08-2013, 07:15 PM
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  • Hanzo
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(02-08-2013, 02:17 PM)CyanideMetal Wrote: I live a few miles from Cool Springs too. Maybe we could go just to mess with the sales staff. Biggrin

LOLOLOLOL

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 02-08-2013, 07:45 PM
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(02-08-2013, 02:17 PM)CyanideMetal Wrote: I live a few miles from Cool Springs too. Maybe we could go just to mess with the sales staff. Biggrin

Absolutely. We MUST do this. Thumbup

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 02-08-2013, 08:08 PM
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The overall idea of a brick and mortar shave shop is very cool. The pricing on thier straights/brushes and staff members that are truly clueless when it comes to wet shaving is what makes the AOS a miserable experience for me. I despise that place. Ymmv of course.

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 02-08-2013, 08:21 PM
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  • bullgoose
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I do like their Tallow (now out of production) shave soaps and their shave creams. If you want to pick up some of the AOS tallow shave soaps, Lee's Razors still has it in stock. Get it while you can!

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 02-08-2013, 08:48 PM
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(02-08-2013, 07:45 PM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(02-08-2013, 02:17 PM)CyanideMetal Wrote: I live a few miles from Cool Springs too. Maybe we could go just to mess with the sales staff. Biggrin

Absolutely. We MUST do this. Thumbup

Hmm. We could buy up some cheap old Super Speeds and Techs and Knacks and leave them hidden around the store -- with tags saying "compliments of Gillette (or Procter & Gamble)." Or carry one in, pretend to find it on the shelf, and ask a staff person about it. Or hand them out to other customers in the store.

I expect I'll go out of curiosity, so when you guys want to do a field trip, I'm in. From the reviews I read, some of the stores are pretty good with well-informed staff, others are like Gillette re-education camps.

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 02-08-2013, 10:08 PM
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I've never experienced an AOS store. I only know what I've read on the forums about them.

I wouldn't be able to stay out of it at least once. I love to play with sales staff to size up the level of expertise. I'd also like to see what they have. My $ would probably stay in my wallet however.

I do appreciate the converting they do for blade shaving. Then hopefully the newly converted at some point hit the 'net for info and find the forums.

You gents talking the field trip should have shirts made up with the TSN address prominently printed on them. Heat transfers are easy to do and available at any Staples. The staff at AOS will love you! If they know what the shirt means; I bet they won't.

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 02-08-2013, 10:33 PM
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It's to bad they reformulated their soaps. I just got a puck of the lemon from Lee before he ran out. It's an awesome soap and really top notch. Their creams are very good too. I like the Ocean Kelp.

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 02-08-2013, 11:53 PM
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(02-08-2013, 08:08 PM)cessnabird Wrote: The overall idea of a brick and mortar shave shop is very cool. The pricing on thier straights/brushes and staff members that are truly clueless when it comes to wet shaving is what makes the AOS a miserable experience for me. I despise that place. Ymmv of course.

Could just stock a kiosk for a tenth or hundredth or maybe even 1/1000th of the price. We discussed it in another thread. There's enough vendors on TSN alone to be able to stock one pretty good. Tongue

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 02-09-2013, 09:24 AM
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One nice thing is they will give you a free sample kit if you ask. Not my favorite products but better than canned and the samples can be good for travel

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 02-09-2013, 01:54 PM
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They're super friendly by me and when I tell them I use a DE and a brush they stop being real pushy. I don't have anywhere else I can see a Merkur Futur in person either. Also they have brush stands for $6.50.

Personally I think the anti-AoS snobbery is amusing.

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 02-09-2013, 02:32 PM
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(02-09-2013, 01:54 PM)Bittermormon Wrote: They're super friendly by me and when I tell them I use a DE and a brush they stop being real pushy. I don't have anywhere else I can see a Merkur Futur in person either. Also they have brush stands for $6.50.

Personally I think the anti-AoS snobbery is amusing.

I am glad I could amuse you as a proud anti-AOS wetshaver. Tongue

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