12-28-2012, 09:29 PM
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  • Shaun
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Steep prices online, with no decent shops to go into and explore a good range of shaving products. Shaver Shop is total nonsense. No Tabac shaving soap in the country. Everything I have acquired has been online, and postage is prohibitive. Sol Levy in George St Haymarket has some nice bits and bobs though.

Australia needs a good shaving shop with a full range of brushes, soaps and blades, aftershaves, balms, etc. Hell, not even DJs or Myer has the slightest idea about shaving. Not a clue.

Q: "Got any alum?" A: "I beg your pardon?" (Along with supercilious sneer).

Q: "Do you sell shaving soap?". A: "Cans of shaving foam? Try Woolies" (along with dismissive sniff, looking at own reflection in patent leather shoes, while brushing lint off his shoulder).

Sigh.

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 12-28-2012, 10:14 PM
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Shaun, wow, you folks are in far dire conditions than we Canadians, by far!

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 12-28-2012, 10:50 PM
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I don't even bother trying over here in Norway - there might be a couple of specialist stores in the big cities, but since my town is about the size of an American shopping mall... no.

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 12-28-2012, 11:15 PM
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(12-28-2012, 09:29 PM)Shaun Wrote: Steep prices online, with no decent shops to go into and explore a good range of shaving products. Shaver Shop is total nonsense. No Tabac shaving soap in the country. Everything I have acquired has been online, and postage is prohibitive. Sol Levy in George St Haymarket has some nice bits and bobs though.

Australia needs a good shaving shop with a full range of brushes, soaps and blades, aftershaves, balms, etc. Hell, not even DJs or Myer has the slightest idea about shaving. Not a clue.

Q: "Got any alum?" A: "I beg your pardon?" (Along with supercilious sneer).

Q: "Do you sell shaving soap?". A: "Cans of shaving foam? Try Woolies" (along with dismissive sniff, looking at own reflection in patent leather shoes, while brushing lint off his shoulder).

Sigh.
Check out GOODFELLA Razors New Zealand...they have a lot of stuff close to your country.Also HAIRIZON SG for Feather razors and related products

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 12-28-2012, 11:16 PM
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well, Shaun....sounds like Oz needs a shaveshop called "Shaun's-got what you need right here" ! you might open up a whole chain of them nationwide ! Smile

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 12-28-2012, 11:16 PM
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Living here is not a whole lot better, as for as a walk in store. I would have to drive to Chicago (6-hours away) to go to a stocked shaving supply store. I let my fingers do the walking and buy about 98% of my stuff from Phil. Fortunately it's just a two or three day wait to get some products.

I can understand your frustration on shipping cost and time of delivery to get something in Australia.

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 12-29-2012, 12:32 AM
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Goodfellas? Smile Ha. They sell a TOTAL of FOUR brushes. I wouldn't call that a LOT. New Zealand is another country, incidentally Smile I know you know it, but many lovely USA citizens do not. I am in the USA often and pop in to the drug stores as you call them in the USA....Manhattan pharmacist, what is it, umm, Pasteur's? Really great places.

Sometimes, in the States, when people ask, I tell them I am from Australia and they say "Crocodile Dundee?" or some such, or once, truly, "That country just near Germany?" Bless.

Shaun's Shaving Shop, hmm, has a nice ring to it...

I know what I like, but know nothing about sales and stocking sales items, but I agree, yes, there is a potential niche market here for sure.

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 12-29-2012, 09:07 AM
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I feel your pain guys. Last year I was going to buy a scuttle from HG Pottery Australia. When I found out from the owner what shipping would cost plus some extra import duty tax I told her to forget about it. It was something just under $40 just to get the scuttle over here. Even from Canada its not bad compared to Australia. If it wasn't for guys like Phil @ Bullgoose we would be in trouble. And I am not going back ever to cartridge shaving or the dreaded electric.

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 12-29-2012, 10:01 AM
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Shaun, No real shaving shops in Sydney??? Angry

Wow, maybe I should emigrate there and open something up. I don't see how Sydney, Melbourne and at least Brisbane don't have such a shop.

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 12-29-2012, 10:11 AM
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This variety of wet shaving goodies is one reason that on-line shopping has taken off. About a month ago, I was able to order a Semogue 830 brush from Phil, to give as a Christmas gift. I had it in two days and anyone who has had dealings with Phil (a.k.a. Bullgoose) knows what a pleasant experience that is. It's a shame that there isn't a decent on-line shop based in Australia for those of you "Down Under."

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 12-29-2012, 10:12 AM
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Well I thought I would prove you wrong .... First I looked for apothecary shops in Sydney and sadly down under it seems to mean "spas" as opposed to here in the states.

Then I looked up mens shaving supplies and all I could find were barbers and a couple shops that "maybe" carry Proraso.

Finally I looked up male grooming in sydney and this was my first hit: http://www.menzone.com.au/price.html

I .... wow ..... Maybe I should just move there and open my own shaving shop and do online retailing as well.

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 12-29-2012, 10:16 AM
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(12-29-2012, 10:12 AM)wingdo Wrote: Well I thought I would prove you wrong .... First I looked for apothecary shops in Sydney and sadly down under it seems to mean "spas" as opposed to here in the states.

Then I looked up mens shaving supplies and all I could find were barbers and a couple shops that "maybe" carry Proraso.

Finally I looked up male grooming in sydney and this was my first hit: http://www.menzone.com.au/price.html

I .... wow ..... Maybe I should just move there and open my own shaving shop and do online retailing as well.

Um, Doug, about that Menzone, er, ah um...thanks for sharing. Confused

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 12-29-2012, 11:10 AM
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Hi Shaun, I'm a newbie (Australian) here at the Nook. I've been lurking a few days, posting more at another forum.

I assume you have come across these online stores that are based in Australia. They actually have some reasonable stuff and ok shipping costs - although I do find myself wanting things they do not stock and drooling over some of the overseas sites.
Men's Biz
http://www.mensbiz.com.au/
The shave shed
http://www.theshaveshed.com.au/
Himage
https://www.himage.com.au/index.php
The shave shack
http://www.shave-shack.com.au/

Cheers

John

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 12-29-2012, 11:29 AM
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(12-29-2012, 11:10 AM)possumbelly Wrote: Men's Biz
http://www.mensbiz.com.au/
Holy cow, an Acqua di Parma PURE badger brush costs $400??? That's $415 in the states. INSANITY

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 12-29-2012, 02:11 PM
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(12-29-2012, 11:29 AM)wingdo Wrote:
(12-29-2012, 11:10 AM)possumbelly Wrote: Men's Biz
http://www.mensbiz.com.au/
Holy cow, an Acqua di Parma PURE badger brush costs $400??? That's $415 in the states. INSANITY


See, waddeye tellya? Smile

Menzbiz: Speick soap, $9 EACH (like I mentioned above). Yes, I know all the online shaving places here in Oz, of course I do, but without fail, exorbitant prices. Does the phrase "over a barrel" carry any meaning? Well, yes, there are overseas online retailers that I use out of principle. I would rather wait a bit longer, postage within Australia is a complete and utter rip off anyway, so I end up with often a better range of products from the States and UK, for less money overall, and with BETTER customer service. Connaught in the UK is great if they have what you want.

Yes, please come over here and run a retail business with an online arm. All you'd need to do is convince more Aussie men (through their women, probably) to take up shaving as an interest rather than a chore, work out that using a single blade is BETTER, and drum up demand Smile

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 12-29-2012, 05:25 PM
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You can find Weleda shaving cream at most health food/organic stores in Sydney. I really like it. It lathers quite nicely and has a nice lavender scent.

Alternatively, you can try using the Palmolive Shave Sticks at Coles/Woolworths. I've heard that they're okay, despite being different to the European variant. I haven't tried it yet.

For online stuff, I generally avoid Australian shops and buy from Bullgoose, WCS, Superior Shave or Shaving.ie. That said, I do like to buy creams and aftershaves from http://www.shave-shack.com.au. You get a 15% discount when you become a "VIP" customer.

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 12-29-2012, 06:18 PM
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As a practitioner of the bottom line if Phil doesn't have it I don't need it.

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 12-29-2012, 11:55 PM
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(12-29-2012, 05:25 PM)chabbs Wrote: You can find Weleda shaving cream at most health food/organic stores in Sydney. I really like it. It lathers quite nicely and has a nice lavender scent.

Alternatively, you can try using the Palmolive Shave Sticks at Coles/Woolworths. I've heard that they're okay, despite being different to the European variant. I haven't tried it yet.

For online stuff, I generally avoid Australian shops and buy from Bullgoose, WCS, Superior Shave or Shaving.ie. That said, I do like to buy creams and aftershaves from http://www.shave-shack.com.au. You get a 15% discount when you become a "VIP" customer.

Weleda aftershave balm is an excellent product. The local Palmolive is unpleasant IMO, but you might like it. The Euro version is much nicer and also the Fijian version (tallow). What I am saying, though, is that there is no shaving supply retail focus on Australian soil. I, too, buy my products from places such as Westcoast Shaving, Bullgoose and Connaught, and I am pleased to have met and dealt with these excellent vendors. I just wish there was a place in Sydney that you could walk into and have a good look around at products, feel them, smell them. As mentioned earlier in this thread, Sol Levy Haymarket has some things to feed the disorder Smile and I also found a supply of cheap alum blocks at the Fiji Market in south Newtown. ($3 or something, unfashioably cheap). Wet shaving hasn't caught on here really. Not like in the UK or USA.

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 12-30-2012, 12:24 PM
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(12-29-2012, 11:55 PM)Shaun Wrote:
(12-29-2012, 05:25 PM)chabbs Wrote: You can find Weleda shaving cream at most health food/organic stores in Sydney. I really like it. It lathers quite nicely and has a nice lavender scent.

Alternatively, you can try using the Palmolive Shave Sticks at Coles/Woolworths. I've heard that they're okay, despite being different to the European variant. I haven't tried it yet.

For online stuff, I generally avoid Australian shops and buy from Bullgoose, WCS, Superior Shave or Shaving.ie. That said, I do like to buy creams and aftershaves from http://www.shave-shack.com.au. You get a 15% discount when you become a "VIP" customer.

Weleda aftershave balm is an excellent product. The local Palmolive is unpleasant IMO, but you might like it. The Euro version is much nicer and also the Fijian version (tallow). What I am saying, though, is that there is no shaving supply retail focus on Australian soil. I, too, buy my products from places such as Westcoast Shaving, Bullgoose and Connaught, and I am pleased to have met and dealt with these excellent vendors. I just wish there was a place in Sydney that you could walk into and have a good look around at products, feel them, smell them. As mentioned earlier in this thread, Sol Levy Haymarket has some things to feed the disorder Smile and I also found a supply of cheap alum blocks at the Fiji Market in south Newtown. ($3 or something, unfashioably cheap). Wet shaving hasn't caught on here really. Not like in the UK or USA.

Give it some time, Shaun, and perhaps things will change. Keep in mind that even here in the U.S.A. I think it's safe to say that many, probably most, lovers of wet shaving go on line. To find a really decent bricks & mortar store one would have to travel to New York City or Chicago and maybe one or two other places, but that's about it. Just take a look at our membership to see how many different countries we come from and most of us still have to go on line. The one thing I do agree with you about is the lack of a decent Australian on-line shop selling and shipping at reasonable prices, though the shipping part may be out of a seller's hands.

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 12-30-2012, 02:01 PM
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(12-30-2012, 12:24 PM)freddy Wrote:
(12-29-2012, 11:55 PM)Shaun Wrote:
(12-29-2012, 05:25 PM)chabbs Wrote: You can find Weleda shaving cream at most health food/organic stores in Sydney. I really like it. It lathers quite nicely and has a nice lavender scent.

Alternatively, you can try using the Palmolive Shave Sticks at Coles/Woolworths. I've heard that they're okay, despite being different to the European variant. I haven't tried it yet.

For online stuff, I generally avoid Australian shops and buy from Bullgoose, WCS, Superior Shave or Shaving.ie. That said, I do like to buy creams and aftershaves from http://www.shave-shack.com.au. You get a 15% discount when you become a "VIP" customer.

Weleda aftershave balm is an excellent product. The local Palmolive is unpleasant IMO, but you might like it. The Euro version is much nicer and also the Fijian version (tallow). What I am saying, though, is that there is no shaving supply retail focus on Australian soil. I, too, buy my products from places such as Westcoast Shaving, Bullgoose and Connaught, and I am pleased to have met and dealt with these excellent vendors. I just wish there was a place in Sydney that you could walk into and have a good look around at products, feel them, smell them. As mentioned earlier in this thread, Sol Levy Haymarket has some things to feed the disorder Smile and I also found a supply of cheap alum blocks at the Fiji Market in south Newtown. ($3 or something, unfashioably cheap). Wet shaving hasn't caught on here really. Not like in the UK or USA.

Give it some time, Shaun, and perhaps things will change. Keep in mind that even here in the U.S.A. I think it's safe to say that many, probably most, lovers of wet shaving go on line. To find a really decent bricks & mortar store one would have to travel to New York City or Chicago and maybe one or two other places, but that's about it. Just take a look at our membership to see how many different countries we come from and most of us still have to go on line. The one thing I do agree with you about is the lack of a decent Australian on-line shop selling and shipping at reasonable prices, though the shipping part may be out of a seller's hands.

It's good to have fellow travellers, as such. I like to have a good whinge now and then Smile Hello fellow Australians! Please, please, NO oi oi oi, sigh

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