12-14-2012, 11:43 AM
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I was out shopping the other day, when I stumbled over something in the non-food section of my local grocery store:
   
Pleased because even if all they have is canned goo and multi blade horrors, they do now have shaving brushes. A little horrified because frankly... how good can a no-brand brush that cost 49.90 (approx 8.50USD) be, considering that that's less than you'll pay for a Big Mac?
   
Still, they offer a "quality guarantee" for it, so it can't be half bad... no listing on the back as to the materials used in it, so it's most likely cheap nylon or some other man-made fibre. Still, it's on the shelf now - so that's an improvement. All they need to do now is to start stocking proper shaving soap or cream, as well as some proper safety razors and blades. Part of me wants to pick it up to try it out...

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 12-14-2012, 11:51 AM
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They look like Marvy brushes to me. If it's a Marvy then it's a scritchy boar brush that requires a lot of break-in, but hey it's something.

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 12-14-2012, 12:28 PM
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(12-14-2012, 11:43 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: I was out shopping the other day, when I stumbled over something in the non-food section of my local grocery store:

Pleased because even if all they have is canned goo and multi blade horrors, they do now have shaving brushes. A little horrified because frankly... how good can a no-brand brush that cost 49.90 (approx 8.50USD) be, considering that that's less than you'll pay for a Big Mac?

Still, they offer a "quality guarantee" for it, so it can't be half bad... no listing on the back as to the materials used in it, so it's most likely cheap nylon or some other man-made fibre. Still, it's on the shelf now - so that's an improvement. All they need to do now is to start stocking proper shaving soap or cream, as well as some proper safety razors and blades. Part of me wants to pick it up to try it out...

You never know, my second shaving brush was an Omega 10066 that I paid $9 for and it was a damn fine brush that I still used from time to time even after acquiring many other "better" brushes. I ended up including it in my offering to the recent military Christmas PIF and kind of miss it. I'm sure it will provide many many more shaves to the soldier that gets it.

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 12-14-2012, 12:37 PM
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(12-14-2012, 11:51 AM)Dave Wrote: They look like Marvy brushes to me. If it's a Marvy then it's a scritchy boar brush that requires a lot of break-in, but hey it's something.

It is Marvy! I still have one that I use to dust my keyboard, works great!

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 12-14-2012, 02:11 PM
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Hans , maybe the are re branded HJM boar brushes , which arent the best , but either the worst. Maybe you should pick up one to try ...Rolleyes

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 12-14-2012, 02:14 PM
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Looks like I'm in the wrong market. Confused Rolleyes

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 12-14-2012, 08:16 PM
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For $8.50 I couldn't have passed it up. I use an Omega 10019 boar that has all the value in the knot, but it's a decent boar. Other than the hollow handle it's every bit as good as any other boar I own- for a lot less $.

Heck, I'd be flabbergasted to see a brush other than a VDH in stock anywhere locally.

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 12-14-2012, 08:35 PM
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I agree with the earlier comments that this is the Marvy brush that you can find at some Sally's stores around here for about $5. I've never used that brush but have read nothing but bad reviews of it.
Does a Big Mac really cost more than $8.50 over there? I haven't eated fast food in about 10 years but when I was a kid it was like $.55 -- wow I must be getting old.

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 12-15-2012, 08:22 AM
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Hans, I'm glad you brought this up.

I intend to stop by "Sally" soon and you saved me a few dollars. I'd have been taken.

Just a question for those in the know... the handle must be junk too. Is it?

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 12-15-2012, 08:38 AM
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(12-15-2012, 08:22 AM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Hans, I'm glad you brought this up.

I intend to stop by "Sally" soon and you saved me a few dollars. I'd have been taken.

Just a question for those in the know... the handle must be junk too. Is it?

Yes! It is unusable for anything, cheap hollow plastic.

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 12-16-2012, 06:12 AM
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This is one more reminder that Tweezerman badger brushes are excellent, and can be purchased for less than $20 from some vendors. There are two breakthrough products, Proraso/COBigelow shaving cream, and Tweezerman brushes. Those two combined to fuel a fire in me that's still burning, long after I moved away from canned shaving cream and no brush. (I still reserve the right to shave and enjoy it this way, however!) Hopefully the gent that bought my Tweezerman was able to use it in good health for a couple of years until he also branched out to ever more elaborate brushes.

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 12-17-2012, 12:31 AM
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I googled and it do look just like a Marvy brush - rebranded, or same third part supplier?

Now, to put things in perspective; this is on sale in a grocery store - a fairly large one by our standards, which means it'll cover about a 1/20th of your average WalMart*. Everything is expensive in Norway** so 49.90 is cheap for a shaving brush, even more so for one sold outside of a specialist store - as we all know, a grocery store will jack up prices on non-food items to 'cover cost'... what ever that means.

If you go by the BigMac index - which is a fair indicator of purchasing power - it'll cost the equivalent of 4.44USD... and that's including the VAT and the profit margins of the store, the supplier and the manufacturer. Logicically it follows that the components that go into it can't cost very much at all.

I might still have a go at this brush, purely for the giggles.

Also, I found out that a BigMac is slightly cheaper than this brush - provided you don't get a combo / value meal and you don't eat it in the restaurant*** - my bad, since I always get a combo.

*) All the WalMarts I've visited int he US seems to be of a standardised size and layout.
**) Well, not everything, but anything that must be shipped in is.
***) Ah, the joys of the Norwegian VAT system; food has a lower VAT rate, so if you order take out you pay just 15% VAT. If you decide to enjoy the fine dining opportunities that McDonalds offer, it is suddenly a service and you thus pay 25% VAT on your meal.

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 12-17-2012, 01:50 PM
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Shaving products at the grocery store are ALWAYS good for our community. What do you think people will find when they google search "shaving brush"?

..."A whole new world" to quote the Disney movie Aladdin!

And then they'll be converted! Biggrin

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 12-17-2012, 02:13 PM
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Hans, you are too funny my friend! I hope you know when you have it good. Small stores are good IMO.

There are different size Wal-Marts. We had one locally that one could get around in without a golf cart, and make it out on the same day without stopping midway through the store for lunch and a nap. That store was sold. A new "Super" Wal Mart was built. This thing is huge... no, huge is an understatement. We never liked going in the old "normal" size store, but we regularly did. We absolutely detest the new store. I feel as though I need to wear hiking boots and pack food and my sleeping bag just to get to the back of the store. Unless we have no choice, then we enter it. We get what we need and get out as quickly as possible. If they built it like a shopping mall it would be one thing, but it has no seating, no trees, no skylights, it's an extremely unfriendly store and designed for one thing only. The convenience of the customer isn't one of them.

I may be in the minority, but I like small shops. I like being a name to receive a smile and a "Hi, how are you today?". Most everywhere we shop we get that. OK, maybe we're Mayberry, but there's a lot to be said for Mayberry. (Hans, that would be a reference to "The Andy Griffith Show". It means small town America.)

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 12-17-2012, 03:38 PM
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I bought a Marvy's at a Sally Beauty store in Colorado when I was desperate for a brush on trip last Summer. I did an extreme break-in with hairdryer support. It was better than nothing and better than my Dollar store boar brush, but not by much...

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