Be on the lookout for hot lather machines! Apparently some men must have their shaving cream warmed and they are willing to pay big bucks to get it!
Several months ago I bought a Conair Hot Lather Machine in chrome at a thrift store. It was brand new, still in the original package and priced at $3.97. When I got home I searched both eBay and Amazon and found a pretty big price difference. On eBay they were selling for about $40, but on Amazon I listed it for $79.99 and it sold!
It's model number HML11 in Chrome if you find it! Here's a photo:
Last week I found a vintage Schick Hot Lather Machine Kit with the shaving cream. It was also unused in the original box. It just sold tonight for $34.99 but I only paid $2 for it. I only had it listed for 3 days!
Here's the kit, not sure if the buyer is going to use it or if it's for a collection.
Last year Ollies Bargain Outlet (a discount store in PA) has some Conair Hot Lather Machines on sale for $9.99. I bought a few and but realized that they weren't the HML11 (as pictured in chrome above) and I never took them back. I ended up listing them on eBay for $22.99 and they all sold very quickly, mainly going to Canada. It wasn't a huge profit, but they were a quick flip and easy to ship. Most of all I didn't have to return my "mistake" purchase!
So keep an eye out for hot later machines. Recent completed sales on eBay show even used ones selling for up to $27.