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Rare is irrelevant. Justifiably rare is relevant. An item that is produced in small batches that are copycats of a Gillette old type with a random name stamped on it is rare.But not justifiably rare. If that copycat has made to be offered to a few distinguished war heroes, then it is Justifiably rare.
Traps are everywhere to fish some fools. I was one of those and I probably still am on occasions.
Collecting is a hobby dominated by emotions. Emotions can be manipulated to exact a profit.
Example of known traps:
Save your money, grow your collection and leave most of the expensive stuff for a much later stage of your collection. Because you will eventually find it for cheap at some point.
- Gillette Toggle. There is almost no a single day of the year where you don't see one selling. Most of the time there are a few. When I talk to some of these sellers, they got them for very cheap in antique shops.
- Gibbs adjustable razors, they could be found in France for bout 10 Eur and yet sold at 200 Eur
- Darwin razors, almost no day goes by without seeing one on sale.
Ah, one more thing. Learn about a category before you delve into it. German, French, Bakelite, swivel, adjustable, etc...
Knowledge will save you a lot of money.
True. Toggles and 15/17 Gibbs adjustables are not even remotely rare, but since there's a huge demand and some folks want to own more than one as well as countless re-sellers lurking in the shadows, the prices have jumped to the roof.
I was also told that before the introduction of the Rex Ambassador, the Gibbs adjustable razors were not that expensive and the ones in decent condition were going for less than $100, but after people learned that the Rex Ambassador was inspired by the Gibbs, they went crazy over them.