Subscription Razor Blades: A Model Past its Prime?
It's time to take a new look at the venerable "razor and blades" business model -- through subscription-colored eyeglasses.
Sell a printer and you get steady income from sales of ink cartridges. Sell a meal-kit subscription and you get steady income from the food boxes you send your subscribers. Both enjoy recurring revenue streams; in fact, there are some striking parallels between these two ways of doing business. But what can executives in both learn from each other?
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