The Great Razor Panic

I started shaving when I was around 13 or 14. I no longer remember the exact time. My father shaved with straight razors and then safety razors. Neither looked all that enticing so I was pretty sure I was going to be a guy who just let his beard grow, but the adults had other ideas so I started shaving once I could grow even a little bit of a beard. By the time I hit adulthood disposable razors were common enough and decent enough to drop the safety razor. I don’t have a heavy beard, but I still need a decent razor to get a clean shave. For decades that meant cheap disposables, as long as they didn’t have those weird strips on them.

In other words, shaving is not high on my list of concerns. So, I’m watching football today and I keep seeing commercials for a company called Dollar Shave Club. There’s another company running ads for a similar racket. In both cases the ads make it appear there’s a huge expense and hassle to buying razors. They claim that I can save hundreds a year buying on-line, something I know is impossible. I probably spend $50 a year on razors. The ones I buy are $3 for 10. That’s roughly two pounds sterling for my UK readers. A couple of times a month I buy a pack while at the market.

I found this story on why there’s a sudden razor panic that has not affected me or anyone I know. It would appear that in spite of the beard fad, men around the world are struggling with their razor purchases. Just as Uber has come to the rescue of cab fares, Dollar Shave Club is saving men from the trauma of razor shopping.

Or, it is nonsense.

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leelu
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I’d been using Gillette’s Mach 3 for a long time, but was intrigued by the ads for Harry’s. I kike their shaving cream, and the 4 blade razors. I get a better shave that w/ the Mach 3.

They claim $2.00/blade (in bulk), which is cheaper that the M3s at Sams. Also, I don’t have to subscribe (altho I can), and I don;t get spammed.

Also got a nice, hefty handle for $25.00

Love it! (YMMV…)

Joseph K
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Joseph K

It’s nonsense. I always use the latest blade from Gillette (technology matters), although I abjure the fads like rolling balls and heated blades and vibrating whatevers. Gillette is the gold standard, and is the only choice for a man; Schick is for women to shave their legs and pits. I buy in bulk from BJ’s, and although the blades are not cheap, that’s just the price you pay for a decent shave. The guys who complain about the effort needed to buy razor blades, or how they forget the purchase and are then forced to shave with a “rusty” blade… Read more »

Mike Martin
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Mike Martin

Call me a beta if you like, but I have shaved with an electric razor my entire adult like (I’m 53). Change the blades every 2-3 years, and I’m fine. No nicks, no cuts, no errors. Easy peasy.

LeeJohnson
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LeeJohnson

Joseph K. said what I was going to say. Pretty much exactly.

Lars Grobian
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Lars Grobian

I think if you run enough ads telling people it’s a big hassle to buy shit in a bag and OMG they forgot to buy shit in a bag again, but thank heavens, there is a website where you can buy shit in a bag conveniently at great prices, then some idiots will go to that URL and they will pay you for shit in a bag.

It is a beautiful thing.

Wait, no, I meant that we are doomed, f****d, and hosed.

Lars Grobian
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Lars Grobian

My girl reminds me that the 5-bladed Gillette Fusion cartridges I used pre-beard were kind of expensive (fantastic razor though — worth it). And she says has a hard time being sure she’s getting the right cartridges for her razor.

So maybe it’s not all a crock.

And they’re cheap to mail.

Kathleen
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Kathleen

Dorcousa.com. My husband always swore by Gillette Fusion, but damn they’re expensive! I discovered Dorco and they are at least half the cost. Hubby says they are not exactly the same quality as the Gillette, but close enough. Sign up for their email promos and get fairly regular discount codes. Not going back to Gillette.

ErisGuy
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ErisGuy

I bought a box of 50. So cheap I can’t recall the price, but similar items on Amazon start at around $10/box.

guy
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guy

I used to use the Mach3 as well, but got sick of paying for them.

I switched back to an old safety razor. $10 buys two years worth of blades.