A man who has been selling razor blades for years and now is running a barbershop has a different take on what it means to take a haircut.
Key points:Dr John O’Neill is a barber, owner of Barber Shop Supplies in Newcastle’s CBDThe shop supplies to hundreds of businesses across the stateThe barbers have been using the products since the 1800s, but now want to be allowed to sell them nationallyThe shop has been licensed to sell the products for almost five years, but the NSW government says it needs more time to consider a possible national rolloutDr O’Neil says his shop has already sold enough razor blades to meet NSW government needs.
He has been running the shop for almost three years and he says he would have to stop doing so if it was allowed to be sold nationally.
“I wouldn’t sell anything now,” he said.
“We have about a dozen guys and women that come here everyday, so I would have the opportunity to retire and go back to work.”
My business is doing OK, but I wouldn’t stop selling because of the national rollout.
“Mr O’Nolan said he had been using blades from the 1800-year-old shop since the late 1800s.
He said the blades had been passed down through generations of barbers and he believed they were the same as modern blades.”
They’ve been used by barbers in the last 300 years,” he told RN Breakfast.”
It’s quite possible we’ve got the same ingredients and processes as the modern blades, so we can say that the blades were manufactured by the same people who were using the ancient blades.
“Dr O”Neill said he was keen to get a national roll-out under way and said it was his business and that he wanted to be able to sell his products across the nation.”
There are some big changes in Australia that are coming and I want to have the freedom to do what I want, and that’s what we’re doing,” he explained.”
If I’m not able to do that, then I won’t be able do my job.
“Dr David Gough, a bar-bershop owner from Brisbane, said he believed the NSW Government was in a rush to approve the new national roll out and that it was not likely to have time to think about it.”
This is a huge project and I believe that it’s going to be approved fairly quickly and I think it’s not going to happen in the next few months,” he remarked.”
But we’re going to see how long that goes and if we don’t see a roll-back then I don’t know what’s going on.
“Mr Gough said he would consider buying the razor blades from his barbers if they were allowed to go national.”
People are starting to realise that there are plenty of other options that they can do,” he argued.”
The fact is, they are not a huge amount of money but they are very important and they are worth having.
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