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  •  Razor-Blade/Printer-Cartridge Business Model (5+ / 0-)

    The application platform (razor handle/inkjet printer) are sold at a loss or even given away.

    Then the consumables are sold at ginormous mark-ups. The ink in the brand-name printer cartridges can cost up to $8000/gallon.

    When purchasing a printer, don't just look at the price of the printer, look at the average cost per page over the lifetime of the printer.

    With respect to razors; when they were invented, the double sided butterfly razors were called "safety razors". This really was an important technological advance, which differentiated them from straight razors. If you are very tired, hung over or have other issues with hand-eye coordination, then you are literally taking your own life in your hands, when you shave with a straight razor. This is not the case, with the safety razor.

    When the "double trac" razor hit hit the market back in the 1970s, SNL did this spoof: (transcript).

    I couldn't find a video of the SNL spoof, but I did find this modern spoof by a third party from 2 years ago:


    This Space for Rent. Expressions of interest from SuperPACs should be submitted in the form of a reply to one of my comments.

    by xynz on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 04:30:55 PM PDT

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