You're paying twice as much for razor blades as you should
I just shaved 60 percent from my cost of shaving, and got a better product. You should too.
This post comes from Stacy Johnson at partner site Money Talks News.
Such was the case with me and razor blades.
The words "disappointed" or "miffed" don't describe my feelings about paying nearly $3.00 for a single Gillette Fusion cartridge. More like "mad as hell and not going to take it any more".
Several months ago we published an article about cutting the cost of shaving. So, last week, as my supply of Gillette Fusion blades dwindled, I went back to that article to see how I could use my own advice to attack the high cost of a close shave.
I went to the website of one of the companies in our article, Dorco, and after reading some reviews, bought their 6 Blade System for Men - their top of the line. (These cartridges have 6 blades. Gillette Fusion cartridges have 5.)
Here's the price breakdown:
- Handle + two cartridges: $5.75
- 24 additional cartridges: $29.32
- Total cost: $35.07
There was no charge for shipping (for orders over $25) and no sales tax. Ignoring the one-time expense of the handle, my cost per cartridge was $1.22.
I'd been buying my Gillette Fusion cartridges at BJ's. The cost for 16 was $45.99 + 6 percent sales tax, or $48.75. Cost per cartridge: $3.04.
So I sliced 60 percent of the expense, and had blades delivered to my door. If I use one cartridge a week, I save about $95 per year.
This isn't all about money. Since shaving is one of life's little inconveniences, I try to make it as luxurious as possible. That's why I was using expensive Gillette Fusion blades and why I bought the best replacement I could find. I also use sandalwood-scented shaving cream from The Art of Shaving ($25) and apply it with a badger-bristle brush ($55).
So while I was trying to shave my cost, I wasn't willing to sacrifice quality to do it.
My results, thus far: I think the Dorco blades are better. I can't be sure - they're pretty close - but I can say the off-brand blades are definitely not worse.
I'm still on my first Dorco cartridge, so I don't know how long they'll last compared to Gillette's. In addition, I have a light beard. (When I tried to grow a mustache in the 80's, you could barely see it 3 months later.) So maybe these blades won't last as long and maybe they won't work for you as well as they do for me. But because they're less than half the price, seems like it might be worth doing a test of your own.
This isn't an ad for Dorco. I didn't ask for or receive a special deal and have no affiliation with the company. There are others out there, and I'd encourage you to shop them.
Amazon, for example, offers lots of heavily reviewed, heavily discounted handles and cartridges.
And, of course, all these options and savings are also available to the ladies.
But here's the bottom line. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see when something's priced too high and promoted too hard. Gillette spends many millions on ads to convince you they're the only game in town. They're not.
You can look at a shaving cartridge and see that it didn't cost much to make. Paying more than you have to is nothing more or less than a voluntary donation to an advertising campaign. I'm not down with that, and you shouldn't be either.
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I have a very heavy beard !!! I use the Gillette TRAC III Disposable Razor !! The key to saving money is to make the razors last a very long time ! I keep my razor in a small container of BABY OIL !! This keeps the blades from rusting ! You do not see the rust, but it is there, if you do not dry them immediately or keep them in BABY OIL !! I buy my Trac III razors at Sam's Club. A pack of 14 lasts me over a year !!
The blades are not dull because of your beard or use !! The blades are dull because of the RUST !!
I started purchasing blades from Target. They sell a generic blade Up&Up. I think this a better than the Mach III that I used for years and much cheaper.
The smart men are going back to double edge shaving.
Much much better shaves and less expensive.
Buy a DE razor, blades, brush and soap at Amazon. Yes soap, NO cream in a can.
Try it and you will never look back.
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