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Japanese express barber chain opens 1st shop in New York

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Major Japanese barber shop chain QB House has launched its first outlet in central New York to offer its signature no-frills fast service at affordable prices.

It is the first foothold for QB House outside Asia. The chain had 550 shops in Japan and 110 more in other parts of Asia -- in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan -- as of May.

At the new shop in midtown Manhattan, QB House offers a haircut in only 10 minutes for a flat $20 plus tips. The shop furnished with three chairs started operations with a team of four barbers.

"New York is a busy city where people are always in a hurry. We will try to value their time here with our express cuts at reasonable prices," said Ryoji Furuya, president of QB House USA Inc.

The chain plans to open two more outlets in Manhattan by the end of this year and eventually bring the total number of shops in the United States to around 30, including ones on the West Coast.

In the year ended in June last year, about 15.96 million customers visited QB house shops in Japan and 2.81 million abroad. The chain aims to double the share of overseas customers to 30 percent in the year finishing in June 2019.

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One of the hardest things to to in America is find a good barber. And once you find that barber, you always go back. The thing I don't like about QB house is that your hair is cut by whoever is available, and the staff turnover is often high, meaning that even if you do find a good one who can cut your hair regularly, they will likely transfer to another branch in time. The quality at QB house is not consistent, 4 different barbers will give you 4 different hair cuts. Some are amazing, others are awful. I'm curious to see if QB House's business model will work in New York.

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Used to go to QB, local ones had a low turnover.

By now 3 local barbers dropped their pricings to 970-1.100 for a cut and blow,cut, shampoo 1.800-2.000. Many women staff, staff is usually older and more experienced, hence more consistant.

Expensive hairdressers still charge insurance for nicks, burns,etc hence the 3.500-4.000 for a simple cut.

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I've been going to the same barber for years. He's awesome. I just let him do what he wants, and he does it. He changes it up a little here and there, so that I'm not always looking exactly the same, keeping me current.

A good barber is hard to find.

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I use QB. You get what you pay for. I don't want some old fart taking 40 mins. of my time, massaging my head or whipping out the straight edge either. But 20$ + a tip vs. 1080 yen here? Butcher shop Supercuts is only 16$.

My all-time favorite barbershop was a Vietnamese American family run place in San Diego--5$/cut. In the mid '90s, mind you.

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I don't want some old fart taking 40 mins. of my time, massaging my head or whipping out the straight edge either.

Really? I absolutely love that. I love my biweekly trip to the barber.

20$ + a tip

Do you mean the barber here in Japan, or back home? Here you don't have to tip.

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Stranger, the article says: "At the new shop in midtown Manhattan, QB House offers a haircut in only 10 minutes for a flat $20 plus tips."

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I am frugal mind you, but just a regular no frills hair cut, especially if you are just getting it military basic training style with clippers, should be no more than $10 and should take less than 10 minutes. I never understood why people would pay $20 or more for something so basic as getting a hair cut. Perhaps for the experience or maybe more complicated styles, but not for the most basic.

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Stranger, the article says: "At the new shop in midtown Manhattan, QB House offers a haircut in only 10 minutes for a flat $20 plus tips."

Ahh I missed that.

I don't miss tipping though!

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$20 plus tip???!!! Christ, I thought Japan was expensive.

As a teenager I paid a fair amount to get a good haircut because at that age,

you care about your looks. Perms, dye-jobs, you name it, I've had it.

Now, I just don't care. I can't be bothered - just a simple haircut, no thrills. I can wash my own hair too. Frugal is the new black.

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We have Vietnamese-Australian Barber shops in Melbourne and they only charge AU$ 8 for cut only and no tip required. I usually went to my local Barber shop and the old man charged 2,500 Yen for cut and shampoo when I was in Japan. It looks like QB House $ 20 plus tip was cheaper than American barber price.

How much does a haircut cost in America?

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i just wish i had enough hair to justify going in the first place.

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