05-03-2016, 07:27 AM
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I have two brushes on order from Europe and planned on purchasing 4 more from Europe and Great Britain.  But is it time?  I have been following the Euro for several years and generally make my purchases when the conversion rate is in my favor.  However, now the prices I would have to pay is ridiculous.  I have been using 169 [/font][/size]€ as a bench mark for about a year and a half.  I purchased a few brushes when 169 € converted to $179.  Today that same 169 € will cost you $195 thats a $16 increase.  As you know Shavemac, Wiborg, BSB and others are priced in Euros.  Going north to Great Britain where ₤ is used we see something similar.  The pound Sterling has also been creeping up.  Today, a Simpsons Chubby 2 in best is priced at 128 ₤ which converts to $187. Both examples do not include VAT.  Conclusion, it may be time to purchase a brush form Great Britain before it gets higher.  But I would wait for the Euro to possibly drop.  It looks as the Dollar has been devalued.

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 05-03-2016, 07:30 AM
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(05-03-2016, 07:27 AM)Tidepool Wrote: I have two brushes on order from Europe and planned on purchasing 4 more from Europe and Great Britain.  But is it time?  I have been following the Euro for several years and generally make my purchases when the conversion rate is in my favor.  However, now the prices I would have to pay is ridiculous.  I have been using 169 [/font][/size]€ as a bench mark for about a year and a half.  I purchased a few brushes when 169 € converted to $179.  Today that same 169 € will cost you $195 thats a $16 increase.  As you know Shavemac, Wiborg, BSB and others are priced in Euros.  Going north to Great Britain where ₤ is used we see something similar.  The pound Sterling has also been creeping up.  Today, a Simpsons Chubby 2 in best is priced at 128 ₤ which converts to $187. Both examples do not include VAT.  Conclusion, it may be time to purchase a brush form Great Britain before it gets higher.  But I would wait for the Euro to possibly drop.  It looks as the Dollar has been devalued.

The last few years the dollar has been at all time highs and really has nowhere to go but down even from here.

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 05-03-2016, 09:01 AM
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(05-03-2016, 07:30 AM)Azpatriot66 Wrote:
(05-03-2016, 07:27 AM)Tidepool Wrote: I have two brushes on order from Europe and planned on purchasing 4 more from Europe and Great Britain.  But is it time?  I have been following the Euro for several years and generally make my purchases when the conversion rate is in my favor.  However, now the prices I would have to pay is ridiculous.  I have been using 169 [/font][/size]€ as a bench mark for about a year and a half.  I purchased a few brushes when 169 € converted to $179.  Today that same 169 € will cost you $195 thats a $16 increase.  As you know Shavemac, Wiborg, BSB and others are priced in Euros.  Going north to Great Britain where ₤ is used we see something similar.  The pound Sterling has also been creeping up.  Today, a Simpsons Chubby 2 in best is priced at 128 ₤ which converts to $187. Both examples do not include VAT.  Conclusion, it may be time to purchase a brush form Great Britain before it gets higher.  But I would wait for the Euro to possibly drop.  It looks as the Dollar has been devalued.

The last few years the dollar has been at all time highs and really has nowhere to go but down even from here.

I certainly agree.  Which means that this could be a good time for all of the emerging wet shaving manufactures of brushes, creams and soaps, etc.  The other thing in addition to the higher Euro and Pound Sterling rates there is generally always shipping.

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 05-03-2016, 09:09 AM
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I'd always check stateside too, where possibly. The CH2 Best you mentioned is $150 on Amazon, as an example.

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 05-03-2016, 09:21 AM
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Election years always create instability in the markets, depending on the results it could even get worse.

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 05-03-2016, 09:34 AM
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(05-03-2016, 07:27 AM)Tidepool Wrote: I have two brushes on order from Europe and planned on purchasing 4 more from Europe and Great Britain.  But is it time?  I have been following the Euro for several years and generally make my purchases when the conversion rate is in my favor.  However, now the prices I would have to pay is ridiculous.  I have been using 169 [/font][/size]€ as a bench mark for about a year and a half.  I purchased a few brushes when 169 € converted to $179.  Today that same 169 € will cost you $195 thats a $16 increase.  As you know Shavemac, Wiborg, BSB and others are priced in Euros.  Going north to Great Britain where ₤ is used we see something similar.  The pound Sterling has also been creeping up.  Today, a Simpsons Chubby 2 in best is priced at 128 ₤ which converts to $187. Both examples do not include VAT.  Conclusion, it may be time to purchase a brush form Great Britain before it gets higher.  But I would wait for the Euro to possibly drop.  It looks as the Dollar has been devalued.

Good thing you aren't in Canada Confused

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 05-03-2016, 09:38 AM
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(05-03-2016, 09:09 AM)crazindndude Wrote: I'd always check stateside too, where possibly. The CH2 Best you mentioned is $150 on Amazon, as an example.

I agree, however, as inventories are depleted venders have to restock and that will be at the inflated Euros and Pounds.  Now is a good time for American brush, soap ad razor manufactures.  They should see an increases in sales.  Also, keep in mind that shipping fees are generally added to sales from abroad some of which are based on total invoice price.

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 05-03-2016, 09:57 AM
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If I really, really wanted a Shavemac/Wiborg/Simpsons - $16 wouldn't stop me. (That's the equivalent of one tub of soap or a few cups of Starbucks).

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 05-03-2016, 10:25 AM
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If you have two on order plus whatever is in your kit now your shaving regimen wont suffer any poverty of rotation. Additional brushes fall into the category of collecting and luxury and the admonition " If you have to ask you can't afford it".

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 05-03-2016, 10:44 AM
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(05-03-2016, 10:25 AM)kav Wrote: If you have two on order plus whatever is in your kit now your shaving regimen wont suffer any poverty of rotation. Additional brushes fall into the category of collecting and luxury and the admonition " If you have to ask you can't afford it".
Interesting advice.  To me it is not an issue.  However, keep in mind to some it can be a deal breaker for even one brush.  Think about it.

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 05-03-2016, 11:15 AM
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I'm on a military disability pension, MediCal and food stamps. I do.

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 05-03-2016, 11:20 AM
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(05-03-2016, 11:15 AM)kav Wrote: I'm on a military disability pension, MediCal and food stamps. I do.

Slightly of topic.  But I was in Jack's war so I salute you sir.

"We Gladly Feast on Those Who Would Subdue Us"

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 05-18-2016, 03:55 PM
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Today my benchmark amount of 169€ converts to $190.  Down $5 from when I wrote the thread.  Might not mean that much to most but it may prove to some to follow the Euro before purchasing.

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 05-18-2016, 03:59 PM
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I follow the British Pound for this future acquisition[Image: RXgDnif.jpg]

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 05-19-2016, 06:59 AM
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(05-18-2016, 03:59 PM)kav Wrote: I follow the British Pound for this future acquisition[Image: RXgDnif.jpg]
If you can afford that now or in the future you should not be interested in fluctuations in the British Pound.  Send me a photo when you have it in your driveway.

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