The conspiracy theory angle comes up on occasion, usually put forth by a quack who claims a conspiracy is working to keep their new product down.
In a free-market economy, the government is usually going to allow market forces to do what they can. The government didn’t suppress the automobile industry to save the jobs of buggy makers and horse breeders. And the companies who make razors are actively involved in finding the next product for hair removal. Gillette is a partner with Bristol-Myers/Squibb in making and marketing Vaniqa, a topical hair inhibitor.
If anything, the government has been lax in regulating products brought on the market. They allowed deadly x-ray hair removal to continue for decades, even when it cut into electrolysis business. They have allowed all sorts of things on the market that have failed, too, like the first attempt at microwave hair removal. The government has no interest in propping up outdated technology if something better comes along. They are simply supposed to reguklate for safety and effectiveness and let the markets sort things out.
That’s where this site comes in. We’re on our own to determine what works and what doesn’t, and consumer activism is an important part of the market forces that make the system work pretty well.
[ September 14, 2002, 11:25 PM: Message edited by: Andrea ]