It's the old story of scale economics. Mr Smyth and other small vendors goes to China to make all sort of homage razors. As there is no more patent for said razors the makers wait a bit and see if there is demand. If demand is there they will make more to sell directly undercutting the small vendors while still supplying the said vendors. Luckily for vendors who put dosh into marketing their wares, many people prefer not to buy direct, although I understand Yaqi established a good marketing strategy and a good client services at a very short period.