03-23-2013, 02:18 PM
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My wife and I hit some estate sales this morning and have spent the afternoon at antique shops. At one shop, I saw a cased gold Fat Handle Tech for $125. But at least the tag on that Tech said "like new"! I forgot to take a picture of it, though.

What's the craziest price you've seen on vintage shaving gear?


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 03-23-2013, 02:19 PM
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  • Dave
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This is precisely why I haven't been in an antiques place in ages. Ridiculous

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 03-23-2013, 02:56 PM
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(03-23-2013, 02:19 PM)Dave Wrote: This is precisely why I haven't been in an antiques place in ages. Ridiculous

I scored a Gem 1912 and an Old Spice mug at an antique place for $10 together. They also had an Ever-Ready shovelhead for $5. Haven't been to any other stores, though, but I was kind of disappointed to not see some outrageous prices. I'll be watching this thread. Biggrin

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 03-23-2013, 03:01 PM
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This is why I only buy new Biggrin

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 03-23-2013, 03:09 PM
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I've seen someone trying to sell those little metal gillette blade cases like the ones that use to come complete with Single Rings, Big Fellows etc for $50 each!

I have had some magnificent antique store finds over the past few years though. Old Spice mug complete with a NOS puck of soap for $4.50 and recently found a like new in case vintage Merkur slant for $25 to name a couple.

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 03-23-2013, 04:52 PM
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Don't get me wrong, I've found some awesome deals in antique shops, as well. I once found a pre-war tech and a pristine Redtip for $6 total. I only gave $18 for my cased
New Standard, with the blade case included, and it looked like it had never been used!

But I've also seen ridiculous prices on razors, which inspired me to start this thread. Happy hunting, everyone!


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 03-24-2013, 12:40 AM
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(03-23-2013, 02:18 PM)24Fanatic Wrote: My wife and I hit some estate sales this morning and have spent the afternoon at antique shops. At one shop, I saw a cased gold Fat Handle Tech for $125. But at least the tag on that Tech said "like new"! I forgot to take a picture of it, though.

What's the craziest price you've seen on vintage shaving gear?


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 03-24-2013, 01:46 AM
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Well, they try to find idiots willing to pay the price. When they succeed the asked price was obviously not too high. Demand and supply, the old story.

On the other hand you are not forced to buy it and given you are interested you can always try to haggle.

And Claus, even if you buy only new, the prices for some new shaving gear are outrageous, too.

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 03-24-2013, 10:00 AM
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Signs011

One doesn't need to pay the price, and one can also wait for one to come by that is priced right. Nobody is twisting arms, right?

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 03-24-2013, 10:03 AM
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(03-24-2013, 12:40 AM)alex2363 Wrote:
(03-23-2013, 02:18 PM)24Fanatic Wrote: My wife and I hit some estate sales this morning and have spent the afternoon at antique shops. At one shop, I saw a cased gold Fat Handle Tech for $125. But at least the tag on that Tech said "like new"! I forgot to take a picture of it, though.

What's the craziest price you've seen on vintage shaving gear?


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+1...I've seen razors on the Bay go for as much as $400.00-500.00

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 03-24-2013, 10:12 AM
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My dad, who had a dry, albeit corny sense of humor, was always amused by the sign he saw hanging in shops:

We buy old junk and sell rare antiques.

I also think of the double-edged sword that is the internet. If I owned an "antique" shop, I'd be searching the prices of anything that I bought. . . .

Makes the score of something really clean for a super-low price all the sweeter.

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 03-24-2013, 12:06 PM
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Gentlemen,
At the last antique shop I visited the owner tried to sell me a rusty straight razor with a massive chip in the cutting edge for $50.
"This thing is useless," I said. "It's as if a chipmunk chomped on it."
"It's an antique," he boasted.
"You can dig up a rusty old beer can and call it antique," I said. "That doesn't mean it's worth two cents."
"Well, somebody will buy it," he said, putting the razor back in the display cabinet. "You'll be surprised what people buy."
"Nothing surprises me anymore," I said, "and that includes singing rabbits and dancing racoons."

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 03-24-2013, 05:21 PM
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The craziest price I ever saw at an antique store was for a Twinplex razor blade stropper that looked to be in the same as the one below. Price? $195.00!!

I've seen them in great shape, in the box, for $7.

[Image: twinplex1.jpg]

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 03-24-2013, 08:15 PM
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After watching several ebay auctions lately, I think the worm may be turning on this latest run of crazy pricing. People seem to be holding off and bidding later and avoiding the higher opening bid auctions unless it is a truly exceptional piece. Just today, a decent Slim didn't even garner a $12.99 opening bid. Sure, one slips through the cracks from time to time, especially if it is mis-listed in some way. But this one was from a seller with 100% positive feedback and would have been easily found in a search. Scrubbing bubbles and a nice polish would have easily yeilded at least very nice user grade razor. I'm currently watching 2 Red Tips (one cased with a NOS blade) and another Slim with less than a day to go none of which have cracked $10.00. Time will tell though. If I get bored enough I may compile some pricing data over the next couple of months and plot the trends.

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(03-24-2013, 10:03 AM)BladeDE40 Wrote: +1...I've seen razors on the Bay go for as much as $400.00-500.00

Do a search on Darwin razor on the bay and check out the first listing. This guy does make some great purchases though. Last month a mint gold Toggle for 250 Euro and a cased Streamline with stropper for 25 quid.

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 03-25-2013, 05:53 AM
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Most shops sell them cheap thinking no one will shave with them and they are useless. I guess perhaps someone knew a bit about the old razor market to mark them that high. They are a fast mover on E-Bay these days and perhaps he thought they would bring the same amount for him. You and I know better however.

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 03-26-2013, 03:37 PM
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most expensive I've seen was $40 for a NOS or like new stahly live blade.

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 03-26-2013, 04:08 PM
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Totally unpredictable... I got about 4 Gillettes at an antique store this summer for $3 or so apiece... next one you go into has an old single edge GEM that they want $50 for... I guess many people just do no research at all before pricing these things??

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 03-27-2013, 01:30 PM
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The crazy high prices on eBay are often the result of bidding wars. Early last year I bid on a gold Aristocrat that had a starting bid of $9.99. I quit when the price topped $100. The winning bidder payed $280.

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 03-27-2013, 03:41 PM
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(03-27-2013, 01:30 PM)DaveL Wrote: The crazy high prices on eBay are often the result of bidding wars. Early last year I bid on a gold Aristocrat that had a starting bid of $9.99. I quit when the price topped $100. The winning bidder payed $280.

Well yeah....

But what's the catalyst for the "bidding wars" ?

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 03-27-2013, 03:56 PM
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There's a Darwin on ebay now for 1,250$US. Good Luck to them. It's what makes a horse race.

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