Executive Shaving Prices

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Okay mate, you entitled to your opinion, I'm gonna keep using Executive Shaving as my local "shop". Not gonna argue with you over things like that online. Have a nice day!
i’ll also keep keep using them i like them very much. and genuinely i’m not arguing i’m only saying they don’t have a shop unfortunately, or perhaps i should say thankfully they don’t have a shop as i’d probably be skint
 
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They probably closed when everyone else went to the mega store, same thing with small grocers and butchers when Asda and Tesco came along, people want more choice at less cost...and that's what the big stores offer
When only the big places are left, they realize that their profits can be increased by offering less selection. They don't lose customers because there is nowhere else to go.
 
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I find some stuff at ES well priced but other stuff is just bonkers. Here's a couple of examples:

Super ShaveX blades - £16.80 at Connaught or £60 at ES:

Proraso Red 400ml aftershave - £15-17 on the bay or £33 at ES:
I agree, I know companies have to make money and they have nice stuff but way overpriced generally
 
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This is Brian Mulreany, co-owner and sales director at The Executive Shaving Company.
I read this thread and I would like to reply to some points.
  • The price differences between Connaught Shaving and The Executive Shaving Company.
    Connaught is a retail and trade supplier, selling brands such as Feather, Connaught are buying at a trade price from Feather, they then sell Feather products to us with a mark-up hence the price difference. This also applies to some other products that are supplied by Connaught.
    Proraso, we buy from a well-known trade supplier and add a standard trade mark up. Someone noted that a Proraso aftershave we supply at £33 is available on eBay at £17. That may be the case, there is a grey market where eBay sellers can buy brands such as Proraso and Gillette from firms who are now no longer trading or from liquidators. These firms usually have limited stock and will quickly move onto whatever else they can source to sell off at way below the suggested retail prices.
  • Boycie83 – thank you, you spotted a pricing mistake on Super Shave X blades, they were priced at £60.00, we have now corrected that and changed the price to £20.00, our mistake, now fixed.
  • Although we are an online company, we welcome drop in shoppers who can pay by card or cash.
  • Mike Smart – you can filter any product range or brand by price – low or high and even by fragrance where applicable. We do promote our own brand above others, we are 100% confident that they are at least the match of any other brand and they are competitively priced. It makes complete business sense to promote our brand in favour of a competitor brand.
  • AJC347 – you say we are 'relatively competitive'. In fact, our prices for Varesino, Pocket Scents, Proraso, Trumper, Truefitt, Extro, Fitjar, Castle Forbes, Muhle, Merkur, Parker and more are exactly at the ‘suggested retail price’ the brand requests.
  • Roy – you mention our high shipping costs, UK shipping is £3.99 for a track and trace service no matter how many items you buy and no matter how heavy the package is. Single, small items such as blades are cheaper. UPS and DHL next day delivery is £6.99.
    In 2019 we subsidised UK shipping by £5k, international shipping by £4k.
  • Our prices on Amazon and eBay are higher than on our own website as these sellers demand a heavy commission on every sale. We never sell cheaply on Amazon or eBay.
We know our business well and for us to remain in business we need to make a profit, people need to understand that. Our profits are healthy but not excessive. By contrast, we were approached in 2018 by a leading UK wide retailer who wanted to stock our shaving creams and balms, the buyer told me she needed a 300% mark-up, so we would sell to her at say £8.00 and they would sell the same item at £24.00. We don’t make 300% or anything like it on any item we sell.
The Executive Shaving Company has around 1,900 SKUs, by far the widest range of any independent seller in Europe, we bring our customers top notch products from India, USA, Spain, Italy, Norway, Ireland, Germany, France, Belgium and more, we have a 5 star rating on Trust Pilot and we genuinely strive to exceed customer expectations.
From time to time, we have sales where real bargains can be had, we also do occasional competitions, a £60 Alpha Shaving Brush was won by a customer only last week.
Members of TSR can claim a 10% discount at checkout.
The Executive Shaving Company has six full time staff and all are paid in excess of The Living Wage, we also pay employee pensions and sick pay over and above the minimum government rates, without profits we couldn’t do all that.
I hope this clarifies matters, if anyone wants to get in touch, please do so: T: 0141 880 3040 or brian@executive-shaving.co.uk you will get a reply.
 
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This is Brian Mulreany, co-owner and sales director at The Executive Shaving Company.
I read this thread and I would like to reply to some points.
  • The price differences between Connaught Shaving and The Executive Shaving Company.
    Connaught is a retail and trade supplier, selling brands such as Feather, Connaught are buying at a trade price from Feather, they then sell Feather products to us with a mark-up hence the price difference. This also applies to some other products that are supplied by Connaught.
    Proraso, we buy from a well-known trade supplier and add a standard trade mark up. Someone noted that a Proraso aftershave we supply at £33 is available on eBay at £17. That may be the case, there is a grey market where eBay sellers can buy brands such as Proraso and Gillette from firms who are now no longer trading or from liquidators. These firms usually have limited stock and will quickly move onto whatever else they can source to sell off at way below the suggested retail prices.
  • Boycie83 – thank you, you spotted a pricing mistake on Super Shave X blades, they were priced at £60.00, we have now corrected that and changed the price to £20.00, our mistake, now fixed.
  • Although we are an online company, we welcome drop in shoppers who can pay by card or cash.
  • Mike Smart – you can filter any product range or brand by price – low or high and even by fragrance where applicable. We do promote our own brand above others, we are 100% confident that they are at least the match of any other brand and they are competitively priced. It makes complete business sense to promote our brand in favour of a competitor brand.
  • AJC347 – you say we are 'relatively competitive'. In fact, our prices for Varesino, Pocket Scents, Proraso, Trumper, Truefitt, Extro, Fitjar, Castle Forbes, Muhle, Merkur, Parker and more are exactly at the ‘suggested retail price’ the brand requests.
  • Roy – you mention our high shipping costs, UK shipping is £3.99 for a track and trace service no matter how many items you buy and no matter how heavy the package is. Single, small items such as blades are cheaper. UPS and DHL next day delivery is £6.99.
    In 2019 we subsidised UK shipping by £5k, international shipping by £4k.
  • Our prices on Amazon and eBay are higher than on our own website as these sellers demand a heavy commission on every sale. We never sell cheaply on Amazon or eBay.
We know our business well and for us to remain in business we need to make a profit, people need to understand that. Our profits are healthy but not excessive. By contrast, we were approached in 2018 by a leading UK wide retailer who wanted to stock our shaving creams and balms, the buyer told me she needed a 300% mark-up, so we would sell to her at say £8.00 and they would sell the same item at £24.00. We don’t make 300% or anything like it on any item we sell.
The Executive Shaving Company has around 1,900 SKUs, by far the widest range of any independent seller in Europe, we bring our customers top notch products from India, USA, Spain, Italy, Norway, Ireland, Germany, France, Belgium and more, we have a 5 star rating on Trust Pilot and we genuinely strive to exceed customer expectations.
From time to time, we have sales where real bargains can be had, we also do occasional competitions, a £60 Alpha Shaving Brush was won by a customer only last week.
Members of TSR can claim a 10% discount at checkout.
The Executive Shaving Company has six full time staff and all are paid in excess of The Living Wage, we also pay employee pensions and sick pay over and above the minimum government rates, without profits we couldn’t do all that.
I hope this clarifies matters, if anyone wants to get in touch, please do so: T: 0141 880 3040 or brian@executive-shaving.co.uk you will get a reply.
Thank you for taking the time to reply Brian. It's good for the thread (and enlightening) to get an understanding of your business.
 
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This is Brian Mulreany, co-owner and sales director at The Executive Shaving Company.
I read this thread and I would like to reply to some points.
  • The price differences between Connaught Shaving and The Executive Shaving Company.
    Connaught is a retail and trade supplier, selling brands such as Feather, Connaught are buying at a trade price from Feather, they then sell Feather products to us with a mark-up hence the price difference. This also applies to some other products that are supplied by Connaught.
    Proraso, we buy from a well-known trade supplier and add a standard trade mark up. Someone noted that a Proraso aftershave we supply at £33 is available on eBay at £17. That may be the case, there is a grey market where eBay sellers can buy brands such as Proraso and Gillette from firms who are now no longer trading or from liquidators. These firms usually have limited stock and will quickly move onto whatever else they can source to sell off at way below the suggested retail prices.
  • Boycie83 – thank you, you spotted a pricing mistake on Super Shave X blades, they were priced at £60.00, we have now corrected that and changed the price to £20.00, our mistake, now fixed.
  • Although we are an online company, we welcome drop in shoppers who can pay by card or cash.
  • Mike Smart – you can filter any product range or brand by price – low or high and even by fragrance where applicable. We do promote our own brand above others, we are 100% confident that they are at least the match of any other brand and they are competitively priced. It makes complete business sense to promote our brand in favour of a competitor brand.
  • AJC347 – you say we are 'relatively competitive'. In fact, our prices for Varesino, Pocket Scents, Proraso, Trumper, Truefitt, Extro, Fitjar, Castle Forbes, Muhle, Merkur, Parker and more are exactly at the ‘suggested retail price’ the brand requests.
  • Roy – you mention our high shipping costs, UK shipping is £3.99 for a track and trace service no matter how many items you buy and no matter how heavy the package is. Single, small items such as blades are cheaper. UPS and DHL next day delivery is £6.99.
    In 2019 we subsidised UK shipping by £5k, international shipping by £4k.
  • Our prices on Amazon and eBay are higher than on our own website as these sellers demand a heavy commission on every sale. We never sell cheaply on Amazon or eBay.
We know our business well and for us to remain in business we need to make a profit, people need to understand that. Our profits are healthy but not excessive. By contrast, we were approached in 2018 by a leading UK wide retailer who wanted to stock our shaving creams and balms, the buyer told me she needed a 300% mark-up, so we would sell to her at say £8.00 and they would sell the same item at £24.00. We don’t make 300% or anything like it on any item we sell.
The Executive Shaving Company has around 1,900 SKUs, by far the widest range of any independent seller in Europe, we bring our customers top notch products from India, USA, Spain, Italy, Norway, Ireland, Germany, France, Belgium and more, we have a 5 star rating on Trust Pilot and we genuinely strive to exceed customer expectations.
From time to time, we have sales where real bargains can be had, we also do occasional competitions, a £60 Alpha Shaving Brush was won by a customer only last week.
Members of TSR can claim a 10% discount at checkout.
The Executive Shaving Company has six full time staff and all are paid in excess of The Living Wage, we also pay employee pensions and sick pay over and above the minimum government rates, without profits we couldn’t do all that.
I hope this clarifies matters, if anyone wants to get in touch, please do so: T: 0141 880 3040 or brian@executive-shaving.co.uk you will get a reply.

Whilst some retailers maybe purchasing Proraso on the "grey market" surly not all established online retailers are; no other online retailer that I have used is charging anything near £33 for Proraso aftershave. You also assert that other retailers maybe buying Gillette blades on the grey market; again compare your prices with other well established online retailers and the difference in price is considerable. Even with non-Gillette blades, as an example, Executive Shaving charge over double the price for Persona Platinum DE blades than the English Shaving Company or Gifts & Care to name just two. If you compare the price Executive Shaving charge for Geo F Trumper's Lime Skin Food - £23, compared to £15 from the English Shaving Company or Gift & Care, that is a not an insignificant difference. High prices are also evident on many other products Executive Shaving sell. Great though that Executive Shaving have "corrected" the price on Shave X blades and are no longer charging customers £60 for 100 blades.
 
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This is Brian Mulreany, co-owner and sales director at The Executive Shaving Company.
I read this thread and I would like to reply to some points.
  • The price differences between Connaught Shaving and The Executive Shaving Company.
    Connaught is a retail and trade supplier, selling brands such as Feather, Connaught are buying at a trade price from Feather, they then sell Feather products to us with a mark-up hence the price difference. This also applies to some other products that are supplied by Connaught.
    Proraso, we buy from a well-known trade supplier and add a standard trade mark up. Someone noted that a Proraso aftershave we supply at £33 is available on eBay at £17. That may be the case, there is a grey market where eBay sellers can buy brands such as Proraso and Gillette from firms who are now no longer trading or from liquidators. These firms usually have limited stock and will quickly move onto whatever else they can source to sell off at way below the suggested retail prices.
  • Boycie83 – thank you, you spotted a pricing mistake on Super Shave X blades, they were priced at £60.00, we have now corrected that and changed the price to £20.00, our mistake, now fixed.
  • Although we are an online company, we welcome drop in shoppers who can pay by card or cash.
  • Mike Smart – you can filter any product range or brand by price – low or high and even by fragrance where applicable. We do promote our own brand above others, we are 100% confident that they are at least the match of any other brand and they are competitively priced. It makes complete business sense to promote our brand in favour of a competitor brand.
  • AJC347 – you say we are 'relatively competitive'. In fact, our prices for Varesino, Pocket Scents, Proraso, Trumper, Truefitt, Extro, Fitjar, Castle Forbes, Muhle, Merkur, Parker and more are exactly at the ‘suggested retail price’ the brand requests.
  • Roy – you mention our high shipping costs, UK shipping is £3.99 for a track and trace service no matter how many items you buy and no matter how heavy the package is. Single, small items such as blades are cheaper. UPS and DHL next day delivery is £6.99.
    In 2019 we subsidised UK shipping by £5k, international shipping by £4k.
  • Our prices on Amazon and eBay are higher than on our own website as these sellers demand a heavy commission on every sale. We never sell cheaply on Amazon or eBay.
We know our business well and for us to remain in business we need to make a profit, people need to understand that. Our profits are healthy but not excessive. By contrast, we were approached in 2018 by a leading UK wide retailer who wanted to stock our shaving creams and balms, the buyer told me she needed a 300% mark-up, so we would sell to her at say £8.00 and they would sell the same item at £24.00. We don’t make 300% or anything like it on any item we sell.
The Executive Shaving Company has around 1,900 SKUs, by far the widest range of any independent seller in Europe, we bring our customers top notch products from India, USA, Spain, Italy, Norway, Ireland, Germany, France, Belgium and more, we have a 5 star rating on Trust Pilot and we genuinely strive to exceed customer expectations.
From time to time, we have sales where real bargains can be had, we also do occasional competitions, a £60 Alpha Shaving Brush was won by a customer only last week.
Members of TSR can claim a 10% discount at checkout.
The Executive Shaving Company has six full time staff and all are paid in excess of The Living Wage, we also pay employee pensions and sick pay over and above the minimum government rates, without profits we couldn’t do all that.
I hope this clarifies matters, if anyone wants to get in touch, please do so: T: 0141 880 3040 or brian@executive-shaving.co.uk you will get a reply.

Thanks for chiming in Brian and your clarifications! And thank you for what you're doing for the wet shaving community!
 
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This is Brian Mulreany, co-owner and sales director at The Executive Shaving Company.
I read this thread and I would like to reply to some points.

  • The price differences between Connaught Shaving and The Executive Shaving Company.
    Connaught is a retail and trade supplier, selling brands such as Feather, Connaught are buying at a trade price from Feather, they then sell Feather products to us with a mark-up hence the price difference. This also applies to some other products that are supplied by Connaught.
    Proraso, we buy from a well-known trade supplier and add a standard trade mark up. Someone noted that a Proraso aftershave we supply at £33 is available on eBay at £17. That may be the case, there is a grey market where eBay sellers can buy brands such as Proraso and Gillette from firms who are now no longer trading or from liquidators. These firms usually have limited stock and will quickly move onto whatever else they can source to sell off at way below the suggested retail prices.
  • Boycie83 – thank you, you spotted a pricing mistake on Super Shave X blades, they were priced at £60.00, we have now corrected that and changed the price to £20.00, our mistake, now fixed.
  • Although we are an online company, we welcome drop in shoppers who can pay by card or cash.
  • Mike Smart – you can filter any product range or brand by price – low or high and even by fragrance where applicable. We do promote our own brand above others, we are 100% confident that they are at least the match of any other brand and they are competitively priced. It makes complete business sense to promote our brand in favour of a competitor brand.
  • AJC347 – you say we are 'relatively competitive'. In fact, our prices for Varesino, Pocket Scents, Proraso, Trumper, Truefitt, Extro, Fitjar, Castle Forbes, Muhle, Merkur, Parker and more are exactly at the ‘suggested retail price’ the brand requests.
  • Roy – you mention our high shipping costs, UK shipping is £3.99 for a track and trace service no matter how many items you buy and no matter how heavy the package is. Single, small items such as blades are cheaper. UPS and DHL next day delivery is £6.99.
    In 2019 we subsidised UK shipping by £5k, international shipping by £4k.
  • Our prices on Amazon and eBay are higher than on our own website as these sellers demand a heavy commission on every sale. We never sell cheaply on Amazon or eBay.
We know our business well and for us to remain in business we need to make a profit, people need to understand that. Our profits are healthy but not excessive. By contrast, we were approached in 2018 by a leading UK wide retailer who wanted to stock our shaving creams and balms, the buyer told me she needed a 300% mark-up, so we would sell to her at say £8.00 and they would sell the same item at £24.00. We don’t make 300% or anything like it on any item we sell.
The Executive Shaving Company has around 1,900 SKUs, by far the widest range of any independent seller in Europe, we bring our customers top notch products from India, USA, Spain, Italy, Norway, Ireland, Germany, France, Belgium and more, we have a 5 star rating on Trust Pilot and we genuinely strive to exceed customer expectations.
From time to time, we have sales where real bargains can be had, we also do occasional competitions, a £60 Alpha Shaving Brush was won by a customer only last week.
Members of TSR can claim a 10% discount at checkout.
The Executive Shaving Company has six full time staff and all are paid in excess of The Living Wage, we also pay employee pensions and sick pay over and above the minimum government rates, without profits we couldn’t do all that.
I hope this clarifies matters, if anyone wants to get in touch, please do so: T: 0141 880 3040 or brian@executive-shaving.co.uk you will get a reply.
Thank you Brian for quoting my post and your lengthy explanation. I read your original post early this morning and decided not to comment but since you quoted me, I'd like to make a comment if I may.

You know that competition is tough and probably more so on these difficult times; a survival of the fittest if you like.

ES exposure is excellent, it can be found on eBay, Amazon, Internet Website, shaving forums, Facebook, etc but IMHO, the one area Executive Shaving is letting itself down is on competitive prices so it's a "must do better" for me.

I appreciate your informative post, it seems it was written with passion from the heart in defense of your company, having said that, I would have advised you to leave it alone, your audience here is very well informed on where to get anything at the best possible price so unless you can say something like "we'll review our pricing strategy and I promise to be more competitive" I think it's better not to say anything.

Finally, I wish Executive Shaving a successful year and in the future I will bear in mind ES when searching for a shaving product.
 
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