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Why are razor blades all so expensive?

The people who manufacture razor blade refill cartridges have quite literally got us by the short and curly; with expensive replacement cartridges and incompatible fittings, its enough to make you quit shaving and grow a beard.

The problem is, when you give up on disposable razor blades and opt for a handle and cartridge system, youre stuck with buying replacement cartridges for that particular handle.  That might sound straight forward, but when they have a range of similar products it can get quite confusing and mistakes are easy to make.

To give you an example, I have a Gillette Mach 3 razor handle which I have been using quite happily for some time.  However, the other day I decided it was time to pick up another replacement pack of blades.  I went to the supermarket and unfortunately was in a bit of a hurry so I picked up the Gillette Sensor 3 blades instead of the Mach 3 ones.  Im willing to bet others have done the same the packaging and branding is very similar.  I didnt spot the difference until the next morning when I went to use them, but I figured theyre all Gillette so they should fit.

Gillette Mach 3 - is this the best shave a man can get? Well how wrong was that assumption, of course they didnt, not even close.  I wouldnt mind, but I had an uncomfortable shave that morning and Ive now got a pack of blades that I cant use as I am not about to go buy yet another handle.

You can get cheaper unbranded replacement cartridges for some shaving systems, but quite often the little diagram on the back of the pack which shows how they clip on is often difficult to discern.  Why cant they just make all razors and handles with the same fitting?  One would presume that this is so that you are forced to buy your replacement blades from THEM and no one else.

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Alice - 3-Dec-13 23:38

Chickens are all small in shopping malls all over town, I know they are for poor people, but normal men need a bigger bird to feed his fambly at thanksgiving. And Rolls razors, they are good stuff indeed. Not too small.

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marmalade - 30-Nov-13 20:56

Consider this con. In Boots to day I saw bottles of mineral water of size 100 ml on sale on the pharmacy counter for 60p. What a rip-off! I thought chemists were supposed to supply a glass of water for free if you need one to take your pills.

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Small is a Rip-Off - 29-Nov-13 19:33

I agree MMG but I must own up to finding his/hers spellings amusing.

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boblet - 24-Feb-13 23:11

As I've suggested in earlier posts on different threads, the entrance of Jobby (and his many pseudonyms) onto The Weekly Gripe, has been met with disaster in terms of significantly lowering the quality of debate. Jobby is poisonous to this forum and I ask him to go elsewhere.

Unfortunately, I doubt that he will agree to such a request.

In the meantime, best not to pander to his crazy, inflated sense of ego.

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miserablemoaninggit - 24-Feb-13 21:12

I agree anon, what amazes me is that there is more than one poster using the handle

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boblet - 24-Feb-13 20:05

Jobby Jobster is not a well boy, I think.

The kindest thing is just to ignore him and leave him to his sad obsessive behaviour patterns. Better to not reply or comment, don't even mark him up or down.

It would be better for him if he sought help but I don't suppose he will.

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anon - 24-Feb-13 16:06

jobby ........ does your fantasy world have a name? I can suggest a few if not.

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Friday Lunchtime - 24-Feb-13 14:10

Hi There, I just spent a little time reading through your
posts, which I found entirely by mistake whilst researching one of
my projects. Please continue to write more because it’s unusual that someone has
something interesting to say about this. Will be waiting for more!

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merkur safety razor - 24-Feb-13 01:08

My razor takes multi fit swivel head twin blades that I used to buy from Wilkinsons but in their infinate wisdom or greed they have vanished from the shelves to be replaced with far more expensive brands, I have come to the conclusion that if you find a product that you like you have to buy dozens of them before they get withdrawn from sale.

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fedup - 29-Nov-12 20:02

What I want to know is if replacement razor blades - just a few thin slices of sharpened steel - are now so expensive that many shops keep them locked up in little cabinets, how is any country able to afford batleships? Who's kidding whom?

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Michael - 10-Nov-12 16:26

Another irritating failing I must add about modern cartridge razors is that they are extremely hard to clean because the blades are fixed too close to the razor. And that creates a problem because the blade gets clogged before you can complete your shave. So...you bin it...and pull another one out of its plastic bag. So come on all you potential Alan Sugars, Richard Bransons and Simon Cowell's.......?

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Jack Hutchison Author of ebook Gypsy's Don't Cry. - 29-Jan-12 17:15

Yes. Thanks for that tip Boblet. I haven't looked for a second hand one to use but I'm sure you're right there are thousands about, like old Singer sewing machines Problem is I don't fancy using a second hand razor.

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Jack Hutchison Author of Ebook Gypsies Don't Cry. - 29-Jan-12 13:29

I have a rolls razor knocking about somewhere mine is in an aluminium case you could by them in brass, very posh. Go to your local antique market Jack you will pick one up for a few quid.

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Boblet - 27-Jan-12 20:52

Gentlemen. All your gripes are well founded. In the early seventies when I got married, I had a lovely Rolls Razor. What a lovely shave. Day after day. Never a blunt blade. It had a little guard in front of the blade. If you had a pimple, it simply slid over it. I never once cut my self with it. My wife, (ex now by the way, and who, in Scotland would be described as a bampot ) behind my back, threw it away. Its old fashioned she said. Sadly, Rolls Razors, or their equivalent, are no longer made. And yet there is a market for it. Personally, I would be willing to invest a few quid into a company who would start manufacturing them.

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Jack Hutchison Author of Gypsies Don't Cry - 27-Jan-12 15:48

The problem with cartridge razors is that the user is 'locked' into buying only that blade for that handle, so you can't mix and match. The problem then is that the big manufacturers can withdraw older cartridge types - twin blades for instance, or step them up to triple blades, before withdrawing them altogether. Then you have to buy their newer system razors which only take its type of cartridge, which will nowadays usually have around 4 or 5 blades - ouch! The solution is to either get bulk supplies of older cartridges from suppliers who still have discontinued stock, or use a double edge razor that takes good old (not literally! razor blades.

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Tim B - 13-Jun-11 01:20

yeah, I did the same thing and cartridge refills are as high as printer ink. I know, you get 5 cartridges, wow! I guess the road to take is the disposable one.

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coyotebill11 - 27-May-11 20:41

I would suggest you give up your multi-blade cartridge system and invest in a decent Double Edge safety razor. It is an investment initially as a good DE razor will set you back £20-£40, but you will get your money back on the razor blades as you can get them for 10p - 50p each (depends if you buy bulk) and you will get a much better shave in the process

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Nately - 27-May-11 14:58

Even electric shaving isn't really a viable option. Have you seen the price of replacing the blades? Incredible! I bought a Philishave wet n' dry rotary shaver about 2 years ago, and it is now lying unused because I refuse to pay the cost of replacing the rotary blade heads. I think one costs around £12.00 or more in Boots, and a pack of 3 on Amazon is £30.00. Crazy prices. Rip-off Britain!

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miserablemoaninggit - 27-Mar-11 18:23

Razor blades / shaving is very cheap if you buy quality longer lasting Double Edge products, and not the crap Gillette scam system!

e.g get a Merkur or Edwin Jagger Double Edge razor, and you won't ever need to replace it... and the blades are literally ten times cheaper.

A pack of 100 derby blades here in the UK is £9.90, or £0.09 per blades, whereas if you're lucky you can find a special offer on Gillette Mach 3 blades for about £1.00 per blade!

And the blades last longer.... and the shave itself is MUCH better.

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Don Draper - 27-Mar-11 14:53

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