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Do I need to bring 1000 razors to Korea?
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Easter Clark



Joined: 18 Nov 2007
Location: Hiding from Yie Eun-woong

PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.ezshopkorea.com/shop/step_submain.php?orderby_bq=&research_b=&b_code=B20070628025822&m_code=&c_code=&pagenow=1
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eamo



Joined: 08 Mar 2003
Location: Shepherd's Bush, 1964.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easter Clark wrote:
http://www.ezshopkorea.com/shop/step_submain.php?orderby_bq=&research_b=&b_code=B20070628025822&m_code=&c_code=&pagenow=1


11,500 for a deodorant... Shocked that's 3 times what they should cost.

razors might be a similar price here in korea as back home, because it would seem the evil gilette company has managed to make their stuff criminally expensive in every country, but deodorant certainly isn't.

i'm still saying bring as much deodorant as you can carry.....
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Easter Clark



Joined: 18 Nov 2007
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, bring as much as you can, since 11,000 won every two or three months would break the bank. Laughing
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Sector7G



Joined: 24 May 2008

PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easter Clark wrote:
Yeah, bring as much as you can, since 11,000 won every two or three months would break the bank. Laughing


But when you put it that way it makes me feel so.......cheap.

I guess you have a point but it just ticks me off to pay 3 times what I am use to, especially since packing 3 or 4 speed sticks does not take up that much room in the suitcase.

And yet I will pay 8000won for a pint of Guinness without batting an eye.
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oldfatfarang



Joined: 19 May 2005
Location: On the road to somewhere.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Er, nobody mentioned condoms. Make sure you bring 2 full sacks of man size rubbers. The local ones are tiny, and can be painful.

Better make that 3 sacks if you're really handsome.
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Steelrails



Joined: 12 Mar 2009
Location: Earth, Solar System

PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, bring health and beauty stuff from back home. I mean if you're in the Old Spice and Head and Shoulders crowd you'll be fine.

If you are more of a specialist then it can get expensive and unsatisfactory.

Anti-acne Facial Scrubs are a problem because it is difficult to figure out what the active ingredient is. That and its mostly crap brands here that you'd find on the bottom rack at the drugstore. Any boutique brand is probably going to cost you.

Likewise with Shampoo and Conditioner. There is OK stuff here, but after spending much time finding the right ones for me its kinda sucky having to do it all over again.

Anti-antiperspirant is a must to if you use unscented (which you should be if you wear cologne).
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fergalreid



Joined: 02 Apr 2010
Location: Dublin, Ireland

PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, two or three large plugs of shaving soap would do you for the year, as well. No need for God-awful synthetic rubbish from a can.
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atwood



Joined: 26 Dec 2009

PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Each to his own, but I'm with those who don't like paying two to three times more for something, and that's before taking U.S. sale prices into account.

The matter of choice is directly related: you're paying lots more and often still not getting what you really want.

I always load up on personal toiletries and vitamins when I go back to the U.S. The money I save pays for some sun and fun there.
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GoldSoundz



Joined: 12 Jun 2008
Location: Pohang

PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sincerely, this is Korea, not Somalia. Or the moon. If you need it, you can get it here with a little sleuthing. Or have it shipped.

Razors are the easiest thing to find. (I love the Dorco Pace 4 disposables.) Except for double edged ones. While cheap and prevalent in China, I can't find 'em here in my town in Korea. So I just have Feather/Merkur blades shipped in. I also have Swedish coffee and snus shipped in. And niche colognes. Et cetera.

Good call on the vitamins, though. If you like multi-vitamins, stock up. They're around three times as expensive here. And get a bottle of pain relief (Advil, et. al.) in the large bottles. And some antacid chewables. The vitamin C and B options are excellent here, though.

Towels are not a problem. Get some thick cotton socks though.

I find Arm and Hammer and Sensodyne toothpaste in my tiny village pretty easily.

If you have brand loyalty, bring it. It sometimes helps to have a little piece of home in your new town.
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noraebang



Joined: 05 May 2010

PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Senior wrote:
fergalreid wrote:
Switch to a double-edge safety razor. Replacement blades are dirt cheap and take up a tiny amount of space. If you brought six or seven packets of ten, you'd be good for the year.


Eek. They scare me. There is quite a learning curve to them, I understand?

There is so much information on these on Youtube, plus full articles on people's blogs. If you want to make the jump, just go for it. Men survived with them for decades.

You'll save some dough over time too.
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Ukon



Joined: 29 Jan 2008

PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

iherb pharmacy is an online store
that delivers to Korea for dirt cheap and has great prices...they're fast too.,
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fergalreid



Joined: 02 Apr 2010
Location: Dublin, Ireland

PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

noraebang wrote:
Senior wrote:
fergalreid wrote:
Switch to a double-edge safety razor. Replacement blades are dirt cheap and take up a tiny amount of space. If you brought six or seven packets of ten, you'd be good for the year.


Eek. They scare me. There is quite a learning curve to them, I understand?

There is so much information on these on Youtube, plus full articles on people's blogs. If you want to make the jump, just go for it. Men survived with them for decades.

You'll save some dough over time too.


I wrote the following for Cheers Magazine here in Dublin in March.

Quote:
A cut above the rest

Men, picture this scene. The alarm wakes you reluctantly. Apparently itís morning but the sky outside your bedroom window is still as black as coal. You shuffle like the undead to the bathroom, where you squint blearily at the mirror. Once again, itís time to smear cold gel onto your face, work it up into a lather and drag a razor across your cheeks.

Shaving. It can be desperate.
Weíre bombarded with jaw-dropping adverts, featuring men who look like extras from Top Gun. Power ballads blare as torsos swagger across marble bathrooms and the rich voice of a narrator tells us of the nuclear fuelled, quad-core processing power of the brandís latest, twelve blade vibrating razor.
If you are a guy, and unless you attended a very progressive secondary school, you will have shaved at some point in your life. For much of the last hundred years, a well-groomed man has been a clean-shaven man. Nowadays, the humble act of shaving finds itself at the heart of a multi-billion euro industry in which products are manufactured for pennies and sold for pounds.
What if I was to tell you that there exists a world where shaving doesnít cost a fortune? A world where skin irritation and burn are things dimly remembered. A world where your razor is not something to fear but, rather, a thing of high quality craftsmanship that uses cheap, sharp blades. No, this world is not Pandora. Itís the world of double-edged safety razors and, increasingly, more and more Irishmen are discovering its delights and virtues.

I made the switch at Christmas. Fed up with paying a tenner for a packet of razor cartridges and fed up with a multiblade cold war between the major manufacturers that was degenerating into self-parody (Five blades? Five??), I cast my net to see what alternatives there were. After discovering an extensive thread on Boards.ie ,and after reading more than thirty pages of discussion, reviews and recommendations, I went to Shaving.ie and plumped for a Merkur Progress razor.

Iíd love to tell you that the waking up comes easier. It doesnít. But the time that I spend shaving has ceased to be the daily irritant that it was before, now that I have bid farewell to Mach 3 blades and aerosol cans of shaving gel. After soaking my badger hair shaving brush in a basin of hot water, I dip it into a ceramic bowl and work soap in among the bristles. The brush quickly builds up a rich lather on my face and opens the pores. It also raises the individual hairs and keeps the surface of my skin wet Ė two things that are crucial for a good shave. Then itís time to pop a new double-edge blade into the razor. I have been alternating between the Turkish Derby blades and the Japanese Feathers since my razor arrived. The Derbys are well suited for my razor and offer a safe, dependable shave. The Feathers are as sharp as the edge of a lightening bolt. Iíve nicked myself many at time without even feeling the cut. These blades are, as Iíve discovered, to be respected.
And then there is the razor itself. Unlike mainstream razors, the head of a safety razor is quite heavy. Rather than pulling it across the face, I merely have to guide it gently and all the work is done for me. And the end result is smoother than can be imagined. For the cost of a modest enough night on the town, I bought a razor with the build quality to last me a lifetime. If youíre tired of paying a fortune for a mediocre shave with mediocre shaving products, maybe you too should consider going upmarket and downprice. The only way to get a closer shave is to man up and get the full Sweeney Todd treatment with a ďcut-throatĒ straight razor in one of Dublinís better barbershops.
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NYC_Gal



Joined: 08 Dec 2009

PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or you could laser.
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Underwaterbob



Joined: 08 Jan 2005
Location: In Cognito

PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mattdsoares wrote:
Another good thing to pack is a BIG towel. Korean towels are generally rather small and I've had a hard time finding a giant fluffy bath towel like you can get at Walmart or Target back in the States.


These are easy enough to find (and cheap) if you specifically go to a towel store, which oddly enough are quite common.
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Underwaterbob



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fergalreid wrote:
Also, two or three large plugs of shaving soap would do you for the year, as well. No need for God-awful synthetic rubbish from a can.


Hear hear, probably the most money saving purchase I ever bought was my shaving brush. Even regular soap works just fine.
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