Last time I checked, a reloadable razor was often far more expensive than it cost to produce, usually has the razor attachment/release mechanism patented,
Look, you're just being obtuse. You know precisely what I meant, in that the razor by itself is useful if you can manufacture your own blades in-house, but otherwise does you no good if you don't wish to do further business with the company. Some companies have the resources to make their own blades (support the razor), others would rather let someone else deal with it.
I merely pointed out that there are no good examples of this leading any business to noteworthy success.
Obviously, it depends how you define 'noteworthy'. I define noteworthy success in terms of the respect and admiration of the rest of the industry as well as their customers. Depending how starry-eyed you are, you could say Microsoft meets that criteria, but I don't. If you define 'noteworthy' in monetary terms only, then Red Hat and SuSE are examples of success, as both are turning a profit. Are they making as much as Microsoft? No. However, Microsoft had a 20-year head start on these guys. If they can sustain a profit and grow, then that's successful enough for me.