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Hipsters, stubble-boys and neckbeards are sending the shaving industry down the toilet. From the New York Post:
They're the scourge of Brooklyn's trendy streets — and now hairy hipsters are rocking the business world.
The trend for facial hair and unkempt stubble is among the factors damaging the razor industry, according to a new analysis.
Razor sales are dropping across the board as America's shaving habits change and beards and stubble become more acceptable in the workplace, according to market analyst Euromonitor.
Procter & Gamble, which owns Gillete and Energizer (Schick) say their sales are dropping in developed markets, according to Bloomberg.
Unit sales of Schick razors have dropped 10 percent.
Won't someone do something?
I don't get it. I just don't. But for some people, the return of cassettes--if you can really call it that despite the miniscule numbers--is the best thing since GM brought back the Camaro. Matthew sends along this link on cassettes from the Bandcamp blog.
When I told my parents I was writing about cassette tapes they actually laughed at me. My dad is always very calm so his jokes tend to land hard: “I can go out to the garage and dig up your old Raffi tapes – you could write about that.” I admit it’s probably perplexing for hip baby boomer parents, who feel like it was just yesterday they bought you your first CD burner (remember those?).
Growing up, I was either cherishing their beaten up vinyl collection or too busy spending their money on inkjet cartridges for custom CD-R labels to covet any real cassette tape collection. For me, tapes were just the lo-fi, unsexy middle period that I was born into. The cheap way to do storytime. And now that I think about it, Baby Beluga is probably among the last cassette tapes my parents ever bought. As teenagers we used our car tape decks, but only to plug in our Discmans or mp3 players.
So what gives? Why are we talking about tapes again? And how is it possible that last month, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry released their report of 2 million cassette tapes sold worldwide? Sales in the UK alone tripled last year.