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Do I need to bring 1000 razors to Korea?
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cybermutiny



Joined: 02 Mar 2010

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:16 pm    Post subject: Do I need to bring 1000 razors to Korea? Reply with quote

I'm moving to Korea soon. My question is whether or not a man can fulfill his shaving needs while living in Korea. Do department stores carry decent razors (with multiple blades)? If so, are these razors expensive or reasonably priced?
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rumdiary



Joined: 05 Jun 2006

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will need a year long supply of razors, toothpaste and deodorant. Bring extra so that you can trade with foreigners who lack your foresight.
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eamo



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

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'd say yes......western-quality mens toiletry supplies are hard to find and expensive in korea. bring all the razors and deodorant you can. it'll save you a nice chunk of money.

but you don't need thousands of razors.....one mach 3 is good for at least 6 shaves......
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Ukon



Joined: 29 Jan 2008

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

razors? No....Deodorant yes
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Captain Corea



Joined: 28 Feb 2005
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have no troubles getting razors and aftershave here.
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banjois



Joined: 14 Nov 2009

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mach3 blades are cheaper at my neighbourhood GS25 than they are back home.
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Cayne



Joined: 14 Apr 2009

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eh the dinky little OKmart near my place carries a small selection of razors and shave gels. They even have the particular brand of razor I like. Smile The pricing seems similar to back home.

That said I did bring a bunch of extra blades for my razor because I wasn't sure about finding the brand I like, they didn't take much room in my suitcase so if you're attached to a particular brand of razor it can't hurt. If you're not picky I wouldn't sweat it though.
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Senior



Joined: 31 Jan 2010

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

banjois wrote:
Mach3 blades are cheaper at my neighbourhood GS25 than they are back home.


+1

My local mom n pop store carries mack 3 and quatro blades. Emart has a sale on them now and again.

Bring plenty of deo, but you will find some where to get it eventually.
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cybermutiny



Joined: 02 Mar 2010

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the quick responses. Since I'll be near Seoul, I think I won't need to bring many razors. I'll find an e-mart, home plus, or something.
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isisaredead



Joined: 18 May 2010

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Captain Corea wrote:
I have no troubles getting razors and aftershave here.


seriously.

if anything, i find blades for my mach3 significantly cheaper in korea.

as for the deoderant debate - just buy some cologne and use some talcum powder. i never understood the big deal about deoderant in korea. are people really addicted to their AXE body spray?
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McGenghis



Joined: 14 Oct 2008
Location: Gangneung

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shaving of the face is pretty simple here in Korea. The only problem you might encounter would be linguistic in nature. Since Koreans don't do the whole R-L differentiation thing, you might confuse the shopkeep into selling you a laser. It's a horrible thing to happen to a fellow, and even more embarrassing for a woman.

"Hey, what happened to your face Trish?"

"Oh, a laser."

Then we all have a laugh at the shopkeep because what kind of Family Mart stocks lasers anymore anyway? Those marts!
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.38 Special



Joined: 08 Jul 2009
Location: Pennsylvania

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

isisaredead wrote:
Captain Corea wrote:
I have no troubles getting razors and aftershave here.


seriously.

if anything, i find blades for my mach3 significantly cheaper in korea.

as for the deoderant debate - just buy some cologne and use some talcum powder. i never understood the big deal about deoderant in korea. are people really addicted to their AXE body spray?


Axe spray isn't deoderant in the sense that folks here are referring. Axe is more so a perfume than anything else. Obnoxious perfume to boot.

And whites and blacks needs deoderant. We have different glands than Asian dudes. We will stink following heat and/or exertion. No one likes smelly whites and blacks.
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mattdsoares



Joined: 04 Dec 2009

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're living in Seoul you absolutely don't need to bring razors. They sell refills for Mach3 and Fusion razors at every grocery store and even some convenience stores. Emart actually has a Fusion with 8 refills on sale right now. While Koreans are generally clean shaven and don't grow beards WELL they are still men and still grow facial hair which they need to shave, ergo western shaving supplies including shave cream, razors, and electric trimmers are easy to find.

Do bring deoderant as most Korean places don't sell it as Koreans don't experience the body oder that whites do. You CAN get it here, but it is expensive, so it's worth throwing a few extra sticks in your bag.

As for toothpaste...it is cheap and easy to get here...BUT they don't readily sell American brands. No Crest, Colgate, or Aquafresh. You'll be stuck with Korean brands which do not include fluoride (not a big deal unless you're a kid) and taste different. If you're ok with that (I am) then just buy toothpaste here. If you're a stickler for a specific flavor or brand, then pack extra tubes.

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.

Also, bring shoes that are comfortable and will last. You can buy shoes here for a good price, but anything over a US size 10.5 is hit or miss whether a store will have it. For example, EMart generally doesn't sell mens shoes bigger than size US 11 or so. So if you have big feet, finding decent shoes is far from impossible, but might be a pain in the ass and carry a higher pricetag.
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isisaredead



Joined: 18 May 2010

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.38 Special wrote:
isisaredead wrote:
Captain Corea wrote:
I have no troubles getting razors and aftershave here.


seriously.

if anything, i find blades for my mach3 significantly cheaper in korea.

as for the deoderant debate - just buy some cologne and use some talcum powder. i never understood the big deal about deoderant in korea. are people really addicted to their AXE body spray?


And whites and blacks needs deoderant. We have different glands than Asian dudes. We will stink following heat and/or exertion. No one likes smelly whites and blacks.


yeah, i totally agree. which is why i suggested cologne and talcum powder.

my point was, you don't NEED deoderant. you can make do with other means of maintaining personal hygiene.
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RyanInKorea



Joined: 17 Jan 2008

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mattdsoares wrote:
If you're living in Seoul you absolutely don't need to bring razors. They sell refills for Mach3 and Fusion razors at every grocery store and even some convenience stores. Emart actually has a Fusion with 8 refills on sale right now. While Koreans are generally clean shaven and don't grow beards WELL they are still men and still grow facial hair which they need to shave, ergo western shaving supplies including shave cream, razors, and electric trimmers are easy to find.

Do bring deoderant as most Korean places don't sell it as Koreans don't experience the body oder that whites do. You CAN get it here, but it is expensive, so it's worth throwing a few extra sticks in your bag.

As for toothpaste...it is cheap and easy to get here...BUT they don't readily sell American brands. No Crest, Colgate, or Aquafresh. You'll be stuck with Korean brands which do not include fluoride (not a big deal unless you're a kid) and taste different. If you're ok with that (I am) then just buy toothpaste here. If you're a stickler for a specific flavor or brand, then pack extra tubes.

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.

Also, bring shoes that are comfortable and will last. You can buy shoes here for a good price, but anything over a US size 10.5 is hit or miss whether a store will have it. For example, EMart generally doesn't sell mens shoes bigger than size US 11 or so. So if you have big feet, finding decent shoes is far from impossible, but might be a pain in the ass and carry a higher pricetag.


Wow... you should consider copyright and simply copy/paste and your leisure.

Ryan
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