08-04-2012, 05:22 PM
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  • Teiste
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Yes,it seems that due to their "popularity",prices have been raised.

The shaving cream tub is now cost 25 dollars,while used to cost 22 dollars.The one in the tube was 14 and now is 16 dollars.
The shaving soap refill is now 30 dollars (for 8 more,get the Czech and Speake,no doubt about it) and the soap with wooden bowl are 50 dollars.
The Pre shave Oils are 25 dollars (for Castor and Olive oil,plus around 10 drops of essential oils) and used to be 22 dollars.
The After shave Balm is now 40 dollars,and it used to be 35 dollars.

Well,I guess they want to be on the same league that Truefitt and Hill,Geo F Trumper,Floris etc and they offer good stuff,lets be honest,but Im not too sold on them,for some reason.Ill prefer to spend 42 dollars on a Floris refill shaving soap or 38 dollars on a Czech and Speake one, than on an Art of Shaving,I must be crazy,I know...

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 08-04-2012, 05:28 PM
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Must be due to the increase in retail space.

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 08-04-2012, 05:38 PM
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P&G management is more than likely demanding higher profit margins.

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 08-04-2012, 05:39 PM
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For some reason,I have never been sold to Art of Shaving stuff...so no problem for me.

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 08-04-2012, 05:45 PM
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(08-04-2012, 05:39 PM)Teiste Wrote: For some reason,I have never been sold to Art of Shaving stuff...so no problem for me.

Same for me. I know that their soaps are made by the same people who make some other high quality soaps, but I just have never really liked the AOS ones as much.

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 08-04-2012, 05:47 PM
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I love the performance of the AOS soaps but the scents leave a bit to be desired. The balm though... I had to pitch it

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 08-04-2012, 06:23 PM
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They are not bad, but were overpriced before, now is just ridiculous. I'd really rather pay 10 bucks more for the product that is much better, or pay $20 less for the product that is just as good.

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 08-04-2012, 06:25 PM
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Isn't Valobra itself very reasonably priced? What makes these soaps (AOS & C&S) cost so much more? Is it more than scent?

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 08-04-2012, 06:28 PM
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It is basically the same formulation as Valobra but in puck form and with a better scent

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 08-04-2012, 06:28 PM
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I was in one of their newer stores recently... It was a Saturday and the mall was jam packed, I was the only shopper in the store, other than a guy getting a wet shave, and there were 3 employees tending to me. The business model looks flawed to me, I can't see how they are making a profit.

Their soap is good, but $30 for a soap that costs $7 is a bit steep.

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 08-04-2012, 06:36 PM
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I have only tried a sample of their unscented version and though it performed well, I don't think they can justify the cost. I would imagine that a lot of their popularity stems from the fact that have shave shops and their products are carried in various retail stores. They get exposure whereas other products of just as good as or better quality are only known through website purchases.

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 08-04-2012, 07:09 PM
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They're products are too one dimensional in every aspect. They're scents are too basic and their sales staff offer nothing that isn't know already. They're like teenage kids who work at best buy, all they do is read off the cue card or what's been given to them.

All they have is fancy packaging with basic ingredients. They're also too mainstream now. P&G ruined what was a good company. I wonder what the original owners are doing now? They're probably bankrupt. lol

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 08-04-2012, 07:14 PM
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Yes, they have overhead and they have to make profit, there some brands that do the same thing, 5000% markup is about right. But how much do they sell, really? I had exactly the same experience as Joe did, I was the only one in store with a swarm of people trying to "help", I guess fighting for commission?

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 08-04-2012, 07:27 PM
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Wow, i guess i am lucky to never having tried their products. i guess i will keep using the small artisans for their soaps. i love them and they are very cheap compared to these guys!

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 08-04-2012, 07:31 PM
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P & G 's answer to most business issues is "Raise prices."

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 08-04-2012, 07:49 PM
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I did read how the company was founded and it was an interesting story.As soon as P&G bought the company,the story is not interesting anymore.

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 08-04-2012, 08:48 PM
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figures...

my g/f got me a $50 gift certificate there for my b-day last month. Sad

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 08-04-2012, 09:02 PM
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(08-04-2012, 08:48 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: figures...

my g/f got me a $50 gift certificate there for my b-day last month. Sad

I guess, you got no choice Biggrin

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 08-04-2012, 09:25 PM
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I like the Art of Shaving Soap "Ocean Kelp" scent but I would not pay $25.00 for their soaps. I think the people who go into the art of shaving have not discovered the micro brands (such as RazoRock etc.). P&G took over and placed the Braun products in these store which have no business there.

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 08-04-2012, 09:44 PM
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(08-04-2012, 08:48 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: figures...

my g/f got me a $50 gift certificate there for my b-day last month. Sad

Well,try it out and find out for yourself if you like what you get or not.
Nordstrom used to carried Truefitt and Hill and substituted for Art of Shaving back in 2009.That was a terrible change for wet shavers,to be honest.I say this because I went to Nordstrom today here in UT and the lady who was at the men section even remember how good the T&H creams smelled...

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