I've had a look through this post and I couldn't agree more. I sell razors on eBay and as a matter of form always try to state exactly the quality, state of the piece etc. to prospective buyers. This much can be said from the business end: bad news is around the world before good news gets its shoes on. I am trying to build a decent name and to be honest I just do not know how some sellers get away with it. I think it's just because they come across an old razor and think 'what the hell, I'll shove it on eBay as a "collector's piece - rare!". Sure I've been burned when purchasing razors but it's part of a learning curve and I do expect when buying lots that 10+% will be useless. That's just business.
I look at some of these items like the Pakistani razors and shudder - god only knows where the steel comes from (anywhere from old tins to old tanks!) so there is no uniformity to the brand - it wouldn't even be so bad if the were uniformly poor - at least you would know what you're getting! Trouble is I've heard reports that say "wow got this Pakistani razor and it was brilliant!" Well anyone can get it right accidentally now and again!
I think that eventually the suppliers of cheap crap will pack (no pun intended) up and go home but by that time a lot of first time straight users will have chucked their "quality" razor in the bin and gone back to a remington. I would! This is one of the reasons I'm going to be selling Dovo - at least I'll be assured of quality and so will my buyers. Trouble is I really enjoy selling razors on eBay - simply because I like them and they've been a hobby for ages. I'd hate to see that degraded just because some people will sell anything to anyone. What do you think?